This skin cream is scientifically formulated to lighten dark spots, freckles and generally even out skin tone. It has proven ingredients that work to lighten the skin and doesn’t have Hydroquinone or Beta Arbutin which are more harmful chemicals. It comes in a 2 ounce bottle and is supposed to be applied twice a day for maximum benefits.
Contains Alpha Arbutin, Kojic Acid and Licorice Root Extract which are some of the most effective ingredients.
Maximum strength formula
Manufactured in the United States in FDA-approved facility
This whitening skin cream comes in a 1.76 ounce bottle and is formulated to reduce dark spots, freckles and other hyper-pigmentation. It is manufactured in the United States and is not tested on animals. It can be used on sensitive areas too like the neck, elbows, knees and private areas.
Contains glycolic acid and lactic acid that exfoliates the face
Has other beneficial ingredients like peptides and vitamin E
Can be applied only once a day for effect
Made in the United States
Not recommended for under-eye use
Contains hydroquinone which can be a harsh ingredient
This whitening skin formula not only lightens and evens the skin, it has a plethora of other benefits as well. It tightens, moisturizes, resists bacteria and promotes skin elasticity. It comes in a 2.4 ounce bottle and can be used on all body parts, including elbows, knees, neck and genital area for starters.
Comes in one of the bigger amounts available
Has overwhelmingly positive reviews
Can be used all over the body
Contains some harsh chemicals
The product is sometimes a different color than advertised
This cream is guaranteed to lighten dark spots and pigmentation all over the body. It contains anti-aging properties like hyaluronic acid and its other ingredients are all natural. It comes in a big 4 ounce jar that is made and shipped in the United States. It should be used twice a day for the best results.
Doesn’t have hydroquinone or other harsh chemicals
Made in the United States
Safe to use all over the body including sensitive areas
This whitening serum is a non-oily formula that can be applied to any part of the body to lighten the skin where there are dark spots and pigmentation. It has antioxidants and other ingredients that benefit skin while wearing. Those who apply it should also apply sunscreen before going outside.
Doesn’t contain harsh chemicals
Works on all skin types and on all parts of the body
Rizette’s whitening cream acts as a wrinkle reducer and age-defying formula that is applied at the end of the skin care regimen. It only needs to be applied once a day and comes in a large 6.7 ounce tub. It is also approved to use on other areas of the body.
Boasts benefits for anti-aging and wrinkle reduction in addition to whitening
Contains no harmful chemicals, artificial colorings or artificial scents
Promises results after just two weeks of use
Directions do not say if it is safe to use on sensitive areas of the body.
Contains up to 70 ingredients which are not listed
This skin lightening serum comes in a 3.2 ounce bottle and boasts lightening of scars and discoloration by 3 shades in just 6 weeks. This product contains natural ingredients made from mushrooms and plants and has additional benefits to the skin, such as antioxidant and anti-aging.
Contains no hydroquionone and is made from natural plant ingredients
Can be used on all areas of the body, including nipples and other extremely sensitive areas
Sometimes works in as little as 2 weeks though is recommended for 6
Nella is a Korean skin whitening cream, which have been proven to be some of the best and most effective types of creams on the market. This formula has properties that improve skin elasticity and anti-aging properties. It is also hypoallergenic for those with extremely sensitive skin.
Has been tested in a clinic and proven to be hypoallergenic and non-irritating
Only needs to be applied once a day for results
Contains ingredients that boost skin’s elasticity, giving a youthful appearance
Contains several chemical ingredients that may be harmful or irritating to some users
The formula contains a bit of foundation makeup which is negative for those who want to avoid it
9. BRTC V10 Multi-Lift Skin Whitening and Brightening Cream
This serum is advertised in Korea as one of the best whitening creams on the market, and also boosts skin moisture and overall look. It can be used day or night and only requires one application. The product comes in a 3.8 ounce tube and contains vitamins that nourish the skin as long as the user wears it.
Contains vitamins for skin nourishment and moisturizing action
Approved for both men and women on the Korean market where the product comes from
Has anti-aging and brightening components that can boost the facial skin day or
The product is not approved for uses on the rest of the body
The product is not good for applying to eczema and other areas with a skin condition
Can be irritating and produce rash or red spots on some users
Scobuty’s skin cream has overwhelmingly positive reviews online and also contains anti-aging and moisturizing properties. It’s texture is that of a lotion and comes in a 4.6 ounce jar. It is approved for all areas of the body including the most sensitive such as the nipples and genitals. Those who wear the cream though must be sure to use sun protection as well.
Contains anti-aging, anti-sunburn and moisturizing components for better overall skin
Approved for sensitive areas on the body
Must be used twice daily for best results
The product can feel extra oily for those with oily skin types
Hydroquinone is an ingredient found in some skin lightening creams. Manufacturers and the FDA warn against using this ingredient because it may be carcinogenic (cancer-causing). It is only unsafe when used for a long period of time. So if you are planning on using skin-lightening cream on a daily basis, try to steer clear of this ingredient.
2. How long do lightening creams take before you see an effect?
Many different manufacturers of lightening creams have different time lines of when their products begin to show effect. The general consensus is that a noticeable change will be seen anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks of regular use.
3. Many creams recommend sunscreen use, should I wear sunscreen with my lightening cream?
Lightening creams stop the skin from producing melanin, which is what gives your skin natural protection against the sun. Therefore it doesn’t matter what lightening cream you are using, you must use sunscreen on those areas too. Apply sunscreen after your lightening cream dries and soaks into your skin.
4. Should I exfoliate my skin before using a lightening cream?
Some people like to remove the layer of dead skin cells via exfoliation before applying other products. While this may make the lightening cream work faster, it is best to proceed with extreme caution if you want to exfoliate your skin first. If you exfoliate with a product that is too harsh or you scrub too long, you can make micro cuts and raw spots on the skin and a lightening cream or any product will irritate the area. It is best not to exfoliate first but if you choose to do so, wait a couple of days after exfoliation to start a lightening cream routine.
5. Can I use skin lightening creams while pregnant?
The resounding answer to this question is “no”. Mothers-to-be must be very choosy about what goes on and in their bodies because the child will absorb everything through the womb or through breastfeeding. Skin lightening creams usually contain ingredients that babies would not benefit from so it is best to stay away from them until after the breastfeeding stage. Also pregnancy sometimes releases a hormone that can make skin darker so it is best to wait until after the pregnancy to start skin lightening when those hormones are not active.
6. Some creams can be used on sensitive areas. What exactly does that mean?
These creams are approved for anywhere on the body including the genitals and anal area. However creams should never be inserted into any of these areas, including the inner labia, anus, eyes or mouth. Creams are for topical use only.
7. My skin gets irritated, red or rashy. What should I do?
There are many skin creams on the market with a host of different ingredients. There could be an ingredient in one cream that your skin responds negatively to. Try a different cream until you find one that is suitable for you. You may have better chances with creams that are advertised as hypoallergenic but every body is different and there is no guarantee.
8. Do skin lightening creams produce permanent results?
Skin lightening creams do work and make the skin noticeably lighter but the effects are not permanent. This is because they work to suppress the cells that produce melanin, the stuff that makes skin darker. But the skin is a living organ and continues to produce melanin cells over a person’s lifetime. Therefore melanin will return to the skin if a person discontinues their skin lightening cream routine.
9. Are skin lightening creams okay to use for a long time?
It depends on the cream and its ingredients. If the cream contains hydroquinone, steroids or mercury, it is unsafe to use, especially in the long term. Ingredients like this may lighten skin temporarily but ultimately damage the skin and can lead to dark patches. This is the opposite of what people who use skin lightening products are looking for and you definitely don’t want to permanently damage your skin.
10. Are serums or creams better?
It depends on what kind of texture you are looking for. Creams and serums are equally effective at lightening skin but they will feel very different. Serums are generally oily or feel like soft polymer and won’t moisturize. They may make those with oily skin types feel more oily. Creams tend to be softer and more lotion-like and some even have moisturizer built in.
11. I have eczema or another skin condition, can I use a skin lightening cream?
Unless the product specifically says it is safe for use on areas affected by eczema or other skin conditions, it is not safe to use a skin lightening cream on that area. Creams could irritate the skin condition and even make it worse. You may need to consult a dermatologist for a list of safe ingredients to use on affected areas.
12. Can I wear makeup over my skin lightening cream?
Yes it is generally safe to wear makeup over a skin-lightening cream. However if the presence of two ingredients end up irritating the skin, discontinue wearing makeup until you have lightened your skin or found another cream that does not have a negative effect with your makeup. It is best to apply makeup after the skin-lightening cream layer has dried on your skin.
13. Is skin lightening cream good for all skin types?
Yes, skin lightening creams are approved for people of all skin tones and types. People with oily skin may have a hard time finding a cream that agrees with their skin composition and doesn’t make it more oily. Other than that, anyone can use skin lightening creams whether they just want lighter overall skin or want to reduce the appearance of scars, freckles or dark spots.