No one likes spots. Okay, a bit of an overstatement. Let me clarify (pun intended): No one who appreciates healthy skin likes spots on their face. Obviously, I’m not talking about the cute sprinkling of freckles you inherited from your Aunt Patty; I’m referring to the larger variety that seem to pop up overnight! Sunspots, age spots, liver spots, whatever… they are unsightly and you just want them gone.
At soon to be 57 years of age, I have my share of these little reminders of my past. After all, it’s almost impossible to stay out of the sun, and who would want to anyway? I wear sunscreen everyday and don’t “lay out” in it, but the sun and its effects are inevitable.
When Truth In Aging gave me the opportunity to try Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum ($60), I jumped on it. It comes in a one-ounce clear glass pump bottle. The pump system works well, but it’s not a measured pump. I used a pea-size amount and treated my spots individually. The directions state that you can put it on your entire face to get a brightening effect. It has a gel consistency and a mild astringent smell.
The main ingredients are 2% Hydroquinone (skin lightener), Hexapeptide-2 (enhances skin brightness) and glycolic (exfoliates to increase product penetration). I will almost always take a side effect hit if the end result is positive. Not so much with Hydroquinone. Probably should have done the research before testing the product. Live and learn! Hydroquinone is said to be effective to lighten the skin with correct usage, but that it can cause skin sensitivity. That’s not the least of it! Its usage has been banned in several countries and the FDA says it can’t rule it out as a potential carcinogen. That’s all I need to know.
The company claims that 85% saw spots lighten in one week in a Murad sponsored study. As far as my personal results… well, I didn’t see any. My spots are not dark. More like café au lait. After using the product for the instructed amount of time, I saw no change. Maybe if they were darker I would have. Most times, I spot-treated, but when I did apply to my entire face for the brightening effect, my skin felt very dry. This is probably due to the alcohol content.
As always, I appreciate TIA allowing me to test and review the product. My take away, however, is that it not only didn’t work for me, the questionable safety of Hydroquinone isn’t worth it.