Cosmetic Corner

Cosmetic Corner: Dermatologists Weigh in on Skin-Lightening Agents

Leading dermatologists offered their recommendations on the top skin-lightening agents. See what they’re recommending to their patients and why.


To improve patient care and outcomes, leading dermatologists offered their recommendations on skin-lightening agents. Consideration must be given to:

  • Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
    Clinique Laboratories, LLC
    Recommended by Gary Goldenberg, MD, New York, New York
  • Lytera Skin Brightening Complex
    SkinMedica, an Allergan compan
    “It contains vitamin C, niacinamide, retinol, and licorice root extract to help lighten the skin and improve texture without hydroquinone.”—Anthony M. Rossi, MD, New York, New York
  • Meladerm
    Civant Skin Care
    “This is an excellent hydroquinone-free cream for treating postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and melasma. It contains a combination of ingredients known to inhibit various steps along the melanogenesis pathway, such as retinyl palmitate, licorice extract, and arbutin, as well as lactic, kojic, and ascorbic acids.”—Cherise M. Levi, DO, New York, New York

Cutis invites readers to send us their recommendations. Cleansing devices, dry shampoos, athlete’s foot treatments, and face scrubs will be featured in upcoming editions of Cosmetic Corner. Please e-mail your recommendation(s) to the Editorial Office.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Cutis or Frontline Medical Communications Inc. and shall not be used for product endorsement purposes. Any reference made to a specific commercial product does not indicate or imply that Cutis or Frontline Medical Communications Inc. endorses, recommends, or favors the product mentioned. No guarantee is given to the effects of recommended products.

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