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Being African American, I tend to incur hyperpigmentation issues from time to time, and they are a major nuisance and a huge distraction when they show up on the face. I’m a young 60, and I’m a warrior queen in the arena, fighting that good fight to stave off the legion of fine line wrinkles, the callous invasion of age spots and the amorphous attacks of sagging. It’s hard work but so worth the effort.
When I got the opportunity to try Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lighting Serum ($60), a product that deals with hyperpigmentation issues, I researched it a bit first and overall saw some really positive reviews from purchasers. However, what works for some does not necessarily work for all.
The serum comes in a 1 fluid oz container and has 2% Hydroquinone in it. It is designed to lighten dark spots in the skin, such as freckles, age and liver spots or pigmented skin that has occurred during pregnancy or from the use of oral contraceptives. It comes with a warning on the label to avoid direct contact with eyes and notes that some users may experience a mild skin irritation. I experienced none of that. It also states that sun exposure should be limited – not a problem for me, as I love the sun, but from a shaded vantage point. Additionally, it states on the label that if no improvement is seen after 3 months of treatment to discontinue use.
I found a rather scathing review on Paula’s Choice website which noted that the formula contains an effective amount of glycolic acid formulated at a pH to ensure it works as an exfoliant, but the alcohol issue along with the fragrance ingredients it contains makes it not worth the risk when there are other viable options with equally effective ingredients without the problematic irritants.
For the first two weeks, I applied this product to my skin each night after removing makeup, cleansing my face and toning. I massaged a thin layer over my face and areas of my neck. In some of the reviews, I noticed that some were mildly put off by the scent of the product, but I found nothing adverse about it.
I don’t have any issues on my chest or hands, so I didn’t apply there, but instructions say to use on these areas as well. On the nights that I used my LED, I would wait for the product to absorb first, and I must say, I really liked the results of that combination. I then applied Michael Todd Knu Anti-Aging Face Lift Cream (which I hope will be rapidly back in stock and still on sale, ahem) before going to bed. I have to say the morning results were pleasing, and over time, I saw notable changes begin to take place. The brown spots that had dotted the bottom of my chin were slowly diminishing – not as fast as I would like, but there was definitely progress being made.
For the next three weeks, I decided that I would stop applying the Knu cream and just went to bed with the Murad alone to see what results would be achieved. Again, I found the serum used alone was pleasantly surprising. My face was not dry upon waking, which I hadn’t anticipated. I recall touching my face the first morning I awoke after implementing this regimen and found that it was still moist and dewy, even after sleeping face deep in my silk pillowcase (which showed no residue from the cream). It also felt a bit firmer to the touch. I was quite pleased.
What I’ve come away with regarding this product is that I believe for some it will work effectively, but over a longer period of time. It’s not lightning fast, at least not for me. Perhaps the darker the berry the more time it needs to repair. The positive effects that I have seen are gradual, but they are visible, and it does seem to be repairing my skin to some degree. All my dark spots along my chin where I’ve pulled out many unwanted hairs and stabbed myself in the process are undeniably fading.
So, will this product work for everyone? Probably not, but those who choose to take a chance may well discover that it works well for them. So far, I am not disappointed.