Here at Skin Discoloration Solutions, I have looked into many skin lightening products available in today’s market. I think you will agree with me when I say there are a lot of products out there. Some are good, some not so much. Sorting through the different products can be a big task, but I have simplified that for you.
In today’s post, I will outline 5 of the best skin lightening products that I consider are the most effective in lightening your skin while still being affordable and safe for you and your skin.
Please be aware, no product works every time for every skin type. While one cream may work for one person, that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to work for you. You will have to test products to find the one that works best for you and your skin.
Our intention with this list is to narrow down the choices so that you can chose a good product without having to waste time and money on researching and trying bad products.
Disclosure: In order to cover costs to maintain this site and to provide you with the latest information on skin discoloration, purchases made through links on this page result in a small donation back to me. I do not receive free products or payment for a positive review of this product. Of the products mentioned below, I have purchased products from Skin Bright and Caspah and have used them personally.
Top 5 Affordable Skin Lightening Products
Skin Bright is one of the few skin lightening product that touts it contains “all natural ingredients”. Unlike some other products on the market, we feel this product is much more substantiated in that claim.
The main active ingredients in this product are Alpha Arbutin, which is derived from the Bearberry tree, and Kojic Acid which is a by product in the process of making Sake, Japanese rice wine.
In addition, Skin Bright benefits from the inclusion of the two leading anti-aging ingredients Allantoin, a botanical extract, and Vitamin A Palmitate, which is also derived from plants.
Additional Ingredients include: Lemon Extract, an exfoliant, Passionflower Extract to decrease discolorations, Willow Bark Extract, an antibacterial and astringent, Aloe Vera to soothe skin and reduce irritation, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) a strong antioxidant, Malachite Extract, another detoxifying antioxidant, Hemp Oil, with strong anti inflammatory properties, and Jojoba Oil and Sunflower Oil, as moisturizers.
All of these ingredients are wrapped up in a one simple cream for maximum effectiveness. No need for remembering what lotion to apply at what time. One lotion, once daily. Pretty simple.
Skin Bright also has an amazing 60 Day risk free guarantee, which is great for those experimenting with different skin lightening products.
In terms of popularity, since its beginnings in 2007, Skin Bright has developed a very large and loyal fan base with nearly 17,000 Facebook likes and has been featured on the following leading websites: WebMD, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Ebonyjet.com, and USA Today.
One thing that we really like is the packaging around Skin Bright. Most skin lightening manufacturers package their products in airtight, opaque containers to prevent air and light from harming the effective properties of the lotion. Skin Bright has gone a step farther and has utilized an airless dispensing system. The system uses a combination of a piston and vacuum to push the product out of the container. This prohibits air from entering the container and damaging the product.
If you purchase Skin Bright through their website, you can take advantage of their multiple bottle purchase discounts. These include 1 free bottle with the purchase of 3 bottles and 2 free bottles with the purchase of 4 bottles. Both great deals.
To take advantage of these deals and purchase Skin Bright, visit the official website.
Skin Bright also ships worldwide to most countries. However, they do have additional guidelines for international orders, including those to Canada. Please refer to their shipping policy for more details.
Testimonials for Skin Bright:
Like all the other manufacturers in this review, this brand does not contain hydroquinone, mercury, perfumes, parabens, nor other ingredients that are considered “harmful”. They claim that they use only safe and natural ingredients that are meant to be gentle to the skin. This is a very important aspect that they must adhere to as certain products they offer are meant to be applied to the most sensitive areas of the body.
This company offers three different lightening cream formulas that target specific skin discoloration issues.
Intimate Lightening Cream – Yup, this cream is meant to be used in those most sensitive of areas. Caspah’s Intimate Lightening Cream (check out my full review of this cream) is formulated to be used for lightening darken skin in the genitals (both the vagina and the penis), around the anus, and the nipples.
If this is an area that you are concerned with, this might be the right product for you. They have been making this cream for many years now with great success.
Spot Lightening Cream – Just as it says, this cream targets the more common skin discoloration problems such as dark spots, age spots, liver spots, Melasma, freckles, and other forms of hyperpigmentation.
This formula is also said to be effective in reducing the appearance of birthmarks and other blemishes that we are born with. Not many products claim this level of effectiveness.
Scar Lightening Cream – Many of us have scars that we have lived with for many years. These could be from a careless accident we had when we were kids or from the result of giving birth by Cesarean. Others that suffered from terrible bouts of acne now live with left over scarring.
This formula targets the darkness from lingering scar tissue.
One issue we used to have with this brand was the lack of information available on their website regarding the ingredients in their formulas. This has been resolved as we contacted the company and they explained their reasoning. They do this for brand protection. There are plenty of overseas manufacturers that produce copycat products. Not posting their ingredients online is a deterrent.
So, we ordered a bottle, which has the ingredients listed. With respect to the company’s business and brand, we will not disclose the ingredient list, but it does not contain ingredients like hydroquinone, steroids, mercury, parabens, or harsh perfumes. Rest assured, we like the ingredients in this product line.
In terms of packaging, Caspah utilizes a pump bottle similar to Skin Bight that allows a longer shelf life than products packages in tubs.
Caspah works with all skin types and offers a 45 Day guarantee.
Testimonials for Caspah:
Civant is the maker of Meladerm (aka Meladerm Pigment Reducing Complex) which was introduced in 2003. Meladerm is effective in targeting many skin discoloration conditions including melasma, acne scars, age spots, sun damage, freckles, and even birthmarks. Most manufacturers of skin lightening products don’t claim to be able to reduce the darkness of birthmarks, but Civant is one that does, which is pretty impressive.
As a product that is claimed to be made up of natural ingredients, Civant does not contain hydroquinone, mercury, or steroids, mineral oil, or parabens.
The primary active ingredients include Alpha Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Gigawhite, and Tego Cosmo C, a natural amino acid derivative. Other ingredients are Licorice Extract, a pigmentation inhibitor, Vitamin B3, Mulberry Extract, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Lemon Juice Extract, Emblica Extract (plant based), and Vitamin C.
The recommended usage of Meladerm is twice daily. Ideally, once in the morning and once at night, before bed. Meladerm can be used, and is recommended to be used, with a strong SPF sun block. It can also be used in accordance with your regular makeup routine.
In terms of packaging, Civant also utilizes a pump bottle similar to Skin Bight that allows a longer shelf life than products packages in tubs.
Civant also offers a 30 day money back guarantee.
To purchase Meladerm by Civant, visit the official website.
Testimonials for Civant/Meladerm:
Illuminatural 6i – Advanced Skin Lightener
Contrary to the name of this product, Illuminatural 6i is the least “natural” of the products on this list. It contains some of the more common ingredients found in the previous products, like Alpha Arbutin, but it also contains a litany of other product with more complex, chemical sounding names.
Sodium Lactate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Whitonyl, and Ronaflair Softshade round out the active ingredients. These ingredients are generally derived from natural sources, but that doesn’t necessarily make them “natural”.
Sodium Lactate, for example is produced by fermenting corn or beets, taking the resulting lactic acid and neutralizing it, and the results are a chemical compound. Granted, this is a very effective compound for lightening skin, especially when combined with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, the second primary ingredient.
Okay, so Illuminatural 6i is not a “natural” skin lightener, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad product. It still doesn’t contain hydroquinone, mercury, bleach, steroids, or other substances known to be toxic to humans. And the company does claim their product follows the natural regeneration cycle of the skin to achieve its results.
What this products does have is results. Natural looking skin results. Illuminatural 6i is so sure that you will have good results, that it backs up their product with a full 90 day money back guarantee. A guarantee almost unheard of in the skincare industry.
This product is backed up by extensive research and proven science. It utilizes some of the most proven and effective skin lightening ingredients and comes in an affordable package. Definitely worth a try.
To purchase Illuminatural 6i, visit the official website.
Testimonials for Illuminatural 6i:
Alpha Light is one of the leading affordable product lines in skin lightening. It targets Melanin, Age Spots, Hyperpigmentation, Dark Spots, Freckles, Sun Damage, and Scars. This covers most skin discoloration issues.
One of the best features of Alpha Light is that it does not contain Hydroquinone, Retinoids, Parabens, or Steroids, all controversial ingredients and what we feel should be avoided. It does contain “Natural Ingredients”; however, this claim is unsubstantiated as there is no documentation as to where all of the ingredients are derived.
The active ingredients in Alpha Light are Alpha Arbutin, derived from the Bearberry Tree; Chromawhite; Gigawhite, derived from a selection of alpine plants; and Sepiwhite. These active ingredients all perform the same function, to block the production of Melanin and keep discoloration activators from reaching the skin surface.
Treatment with Alpha Light is a 4 Step process: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Treat, and Moisturize. Each step is done with a different products for best effectiveness. Following this process, in clinical demonstrations, Alpha Light has been shown to have a significant reduction in discolored skin within 2 weeks in 57% of tested subjects.
Additional aspects we like for Alpha Light is their 30 Day Guarantee, that they do no testing on animals, and their products are FDA compliant and GMP certified.
Testimonials for Alpha Light: