Skin Brightening Guide - 2013

A Guide to finding the best products to remove dark spots,
age spots, sun spots and more...

By, Karen Weathers

Senior Editor
Consumers Guides Beauty Advice

With a good Skin Lightener many types of skin blemishes can become a thing of the past.

A good skin lightener can clear up dark spots and age spots in a few weeks, and other smaller blemishes such as spots from acne, can be cleared up in a matter of days.

But which product do you use?

Every skin lightening product claims to offer the best results for the money, but as we both know, product claims can be far from the truth - and on top of that, some of them can be downright dangerous.

So how do you know which one to use? This is where we come in. We looked at all the best skin lighteners on the market and analyzed each of them to find out which one uses the most effective ingredients, and no dangerous ingredients and of course.. which one works best.

First - The Ingredients That Work

For a skin lightener to be effective, is has to use the right ingredients. Many skin lighteners claim to be using the best, but be careful. Many do not use the right amounts of ingredients to really get results. Here's the proven ingredients you need to look for:

  • Alpha Arbutin: a compound derived from organic materials, Alpha Arbutin blocks the effects of melanin on the skin, evening out and brightening skin tone

  • Octadecendioic Acid: another powerful melanin blocker, this has been clinically shown to reduce melanin by 16.3%- in just two weeks.

  • Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract: extracted from rare Japanese citrus, this reduced the intensity of age spots by 28% in clinical trials!

Dangerous Ingredients to watch out for:

Sadly, many skin lighteners still use ingredients proven dangerous. Using a skin brightener with these ingredients can have worse effects than simply not seeing results. These can cause serious damage to your health:

  • Hydroquinone: this carcinogenic chemical is actually banned in most countries- except the US! Why? Besides increasing skin sensitivity, it has been linked to tumor growth! This is not something you want to be rubbing into your skin.

  • Mercury: Believe it or not, mercury is still used in some skin brighteners. The reason - it's cheap. Be very careful of this as it is one of the most harmful things you can put near your body. Mercury can destroy your kidneys and nervous system. Mercury is used more often the you think, so always, ALWAYS read the label before buying!

Which Products work best?

Which products are most effective while still using safe ingredients?

Out of everything we looked at, sadly only a few made the cut. The majority of products simply don't offer the results they should and many of them still use dangerous ingredients.

However there is a few that really do stand out. A couple of the products we looked at did everything right with their formulas. They use all the best ingredients proven in clinical trials to remove all kinds of skin blemishes. Are safe to use.. and got amazing reviews from all their users.

Below are our top products in the skin lightener category. If you are looking for a product to clear up dark spots, age spots, or acne blemishes, these are the ones to use.

What You Will Learn:
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The Best Product To Lighten Dark Spots, Age Spots, Sun Spots And Acne Blemishes.
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How To Choose A Safe Skin Lightener
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The Ingredients Clinically Proven To Work
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Potentially Dangerous Ingredients That You Should NEVER Use

Smooth Skin

8 Rating Factors in Evaluating Brighteners:
How it Feels
How Fast it Works
Cost & Value
Clinical Trials
Real Reviews & Results

city lights

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Rating 4.9/5 (16,782 Votes Cast)
Review Voting is Currently Closed

Product Points:

  • Manufacturer: City Cosmetics
  • Net Weight: 1.7 fl oz per bottle
  • 3 month supply on average
  • 60 day money back guarantee


  • Over 12,000 five star reviews
  • Hydroquinone and Mercury Free
  • Affordable retail pricing
  • First time customer discount
  • Top choice among reviewers


  • Only comes in one size
  • Currently only available online
  • Better suited for night application

#1 Top Choice:

City Lights
Radiance Perfecting Cream

Bottom Line:

City Cosmetics has received prestigious awards from such well known sources as Good Housekeeping Magazine, and been featured on E! News, the Ellen Show, Good Day LA, ABC News, and others.

We reviewed hundreds of skin lighteners over the course of several months and our seven part rating system gave City Lights the highest score of all the products we tried, including well known brands like Clairins and Meladerm.

If you are looking for a high end skin lightener that is worth its weight in gold, this is it.

Read the Full Review to Learn More

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# 2 Second Choice: Obagi Nu-Derm Clear Fx

The consensus second place pick was Obagi Nu-Derm Clear Fx, which came closest to replicating the results of City Lights.

However, this product uses some potentially dangerous ingredients, and the price tag might scare some consumers away, which kept this product from the top tier of skin brighteners.

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#3 Third Choice: Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum

Rounding out the top three was Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum. This was an excellent product in many respects, but just didn't make a strong enough impact on skin tone and luminance to challenge City Lights.

Additionally, it was very pricey, which is surprising given that it didn't have any of the compounds that traditionally drive up the price of skin brighteners.

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P.S. While City Lights is the best skin brightening formula we've found, we would still love to hear about any other brighteners you've tried. If you have had a great experience with a brightener of your own, please send me an email to the following address with all the details. We'll gladly check it out and if it looks good, we'll post it here.


Karen Weathers
Senior Editor
Consumers Guides Beauty Advisor

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