Can SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector really get rid of dark spots? The answer is yes— but you have to use it correctly over a long enough time period, typically 10 to 12 weeks or even more for stubborn spots.
So you have some skin discoloration and you’re ready to do something about it. Lucky for you, the skin lightening products on the market today actually work, with fewer side effects that their predecessors.
But which one to choose? It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the products that claim they can fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation, but it all comes down to the combination of ingredients and, to some degree, the brand. This particular product has everything you could want on both fronts.
You can’t really go wrong with Skinceuticals, it’s one of the best skin care lines out there. Their stuff really works, which is how they justify that high price tag.
In the past, your best bet was choosing a product that contained either hydroquinone and/or kojic acid. These ingredients are quite effective, but can also cause irritation even in users that don’t have sensitive skin. The best part about this pigment corrector is that it’s just as effective as these ingredients if not more so, without all the irritation.
What are the active ingredients in Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector?
1% Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid, a non-irritating derivative of hydroquinone that has been shown to be as effective at lightening dark spots as 2% kojic acid.
This skin care active works by inhibiting melanin transfer to skin cells. In case you’re unfamiliar, melanin is the brown pigment that gives skin its color. Hyperpigmentation and dark spots are essentially patches of skin cells that contain too much melanin relative to the skin cells surrounding them.
0.5% Ellagic Acid, a naturally occurring plant derived polyphenol that suppresses melanin production by inhibiting tyrosinase.
Studies show it to be as effective at lightening dark spots as 4% hydroquinone without altering the DNA of your skin’s melanocytes, making it the safer choice. This potent antioxidant is also known to fight wrinkles and sun damage by blocking the production of collagen-degrading enzymes stimulated by UV exposure.
5% yeast extract, a combination of flavonoids, sugars, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants that is naturally derived from the brewer’s yeast faex medicinalis.
But you won’t be baking bread with this powerful ingredient. Its contribution to Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector is to strengthen the dermal fibroblasts. This increases your skin’s resistance to newly formed melanin pigment by downregulating melanogenic growth factors that promote its excess production.
0.3% salicylic acid to enhance the penetration of the other active ingredients and aid with exfoliation. Remember— no skin care product will ever be effective if it can’t work on live skin because it’s trapped by a layer of dead skin cells, so proper exfoliation is critical. How convenient to have it all in one product!
Don’t let these low percentages fool you— these are definitely a strong, effective concentrations working together synergistically in a well-researched product.
Does it really work?
Need some more science? Well, this isn’t a drug and sun damage isn’t a serious disease, so there typically isn’t extensive research done on skin care products outside of the clinical trials conducted by the manufacturer. And, of course, they have a vested interest in proving it works, so it’s always best to take their research with a grain of salt.
I did however find one study conducted by a dermatologist and researcher from Duke University that compared a nearly identical formulation of this product to it’s well researched counterpart 4% hydroquinone and the popular prescription age fighter .025% tretinoin.
The study found that the combination of hydroxyphenoxy propionic acid, ellagic acid, yeast extract, and salicylic acid was just as effective, but without the redness, peeling and irritation. You can read more about it here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24305422
It was only a 12 week trial, but it found that dark spots improved by 20% on average, with some subjects experiencing a 90% improvement. In twelve weeks.
That’s very impressive considering that real changes to your skin don’t happen overnight because skin cells take six or seven weeks on average to replace themselves.
And most users report that the changes just get better the longer you use it. Scientific evidence is essential, but customer testimonials have merit, too.
One thing to be aware of is that exfoliation will enhance your results. Although SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector, 1.00 Fluid Ounce contains enough salicylic acid to enhance penetration for most people, some skin types or skin damage may need stronger exfoliation in their routine to ensure that the active skin lightening ingredients are able to work on live skin.
But overall, most customers are very satisfied like I was. Those that aren’t often didn’t give it time to work or they didn’t use it frequently enough. Some people did report that they found the formation a little greasy, but many found it to be absolutely perfect.
Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector Melasma Effectiveness
Ah, melasma. Just about the most difficult form of hyperpigmentation to treat. If you have it and you’re asking this question, you might have already tried other skin lightening products without seeing results.
I can’t absolutely tell you it worked as I don’t have the condition myself, but from my analysis of other reviews it seems approximately 75% of sufferers saw improvement, with a couple of people reporting it as the best thing they’ve tried.
It’s a relatively new formulation, so only time will tell if this will become the holy grail treatment for melasma or a crucial part of a melasma skin care routine.
Everyone’s skin— and skin damage— is different, so it’s hard to tell if something will work as well for you as it does for others until you try it. But if you’re going to try something, especially if it’s expensive, it’s nice to have both clinical evidence that it’s effective and a bunch of happy reviewers.
Finally, A Skin Discoloration Treatment that actually works
There aren’t a lot of truly new skin care products released every year. People are always looking for the latest technology, but there just aren’t that many advances made. This treatment is an exception to that rule.
When Skinceuticals Pigment Regulator was discontinued, there were plenty of disappointed loyal users who relied on its Kojic Acid and Emblica Fruit Extract formulation. But the new Advanced Pigment Corrector is far superior and less irritating.
It treats melasma, acne spots, sun damage, age spots, and other hyperpigmentation, even for people with sensitive skin. It should fit right into your routine because you can use it conjunction with other actives since it’s non-irritating. The proven ingredients Retinol and Vitamin C are popular choices.
It takes time and you’ll always have to use sun block, but real improvements to your skin are possible by consistently using quality beauty products.
Wouldn’t it be nice to skip the foundation every once in a while? Stop worrying about your dark spots and get rid of them already! That hasn’t always been possible but now it is, and Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector is worth every penny.