Great Beauty: Skin Discoloration Solutions for Every Budget

Great Beauty: Skincare Solutions for Every Budget
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 04, 2012

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Rapid Clear Gel lives up to its name in that it’s proven to quickly fade the dark marks that acne scars and breakouts can leave behind.


$9.49, available at Neutrogena.

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Cleansing the skin properly is a critical step in preventing breakouts that leave behind dark scars. Bioré Blemish Treating Astringent helps to clear residue left behind after cleansing and is gentle enough for everyday use.



$7.49, available at Drugstore.com.

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The AMBI Fade Cream is an oldie but goodie. If you’re looking to diminish hyperpigmentation on a budget, AMBI comes in two different formulations— normal and oily skin— to help you get glowing fast.


$6.49, available at AMBI.

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The Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is the highly-anticipated addition to the Kiehl’s skin care line and contains white birch and peony extract to help reverse discoloration. After only one month of use, we could see a marked improvement in skin tone and vibrancy.



$49.50, available at Kiehl’s.

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Cosmedicine is an under-the-radar brand that we’ve tried with phenomenal results. The Tiple P Serum in particular is used daily to shield against free radical damage and restore skin tone and texture. It has a non-greasy formula that’s fit for all skin types and with consistent use, will greatly reduce the appearance of dark spots.


$65, available at Cosmedicine.

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Murad released the Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum as an upgrade to it’s original serum to speed up and improve it’s blemish busting power. This serum offers visible reduction in acne scars, sun spots and restores an even-toned complexion.



$60, available at Murad.

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The Dior White Reveal Renewing Mask contains clay-based nutrients to purify and exfoliate the skin. As part of Dior’s brightening collection, this mask can also be used as a spot treatment twice per week to help dark spots fade.



$56, available at Dior.

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This peel provides higher concentrations of blemish boosters, yet won’t irritate the skin. Although you can purchase this peel at many high-end department stores, Dr. Downie recommends to start the treatment under the care of your dermatologist to ensure proper use before continuing at home on your own.



$85, available at Sephora.

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The VIVITÉ line of products, particularly the chemical peel, is designed to be used as an in-office skin care solution. Under the advisement of your dermatologist, this 70% glycolic compound will help improve overall skin tone and clarity.



Price upon request, available at your dermatologist’s office.

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One of the latest advancements in reversing hyperpigmentation is the Elure Advanced Lightening Lotion which is the first skin cream to break down melanin, the substance that darkens skin. Recommended by Dr. Downie, the Elure system delivers noticeable results in as little as 28 days.



Price upon request, available at your dermatologist’s office.

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As your skin restores itself while you sleep, the Elure Advanced Lightening Night Cream facilitates this process with its scientifically proven enzymatic skin lightening treatment that temporarily reduces melanin.



Price upon request, available at your dermatologist’s office.

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$65, available at TEXT.

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