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7 Brightening Products Top Skin Experts Recommend for Tackling Dark Spots

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It’s a notoriously difficult skin condition to treat, as each person’s hyperpigmentation responds differently to treatment, but most dermatologists recommend a combination of a strong mineral sunblock and a brightening agent. Here, top skin experts share the top brightening products they recommend for tackling dark spots head on. 

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Cyspera ($170)

“I love it because it is a medical-grade pigment-corrector so it lightens in a balanced and even way, and does not leave blotchy hypo- or hyper-pigmentation in contrast to other bleaching agents like hydroquinone. It is a new, safe and effective antioxidant that can be used as a short-contact, 15-minute mask daily for various pigmentation disorders, be it melasma, blemishes post acne, or sun spots.” 
—Davie, FL dermatologist Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, MD

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Skinfluence Glow Revival Pads ($98)

“I recommend the Glow Revival Pads that we dispense in our office. For those that need something stronger, we recommend a second set of pads that we add different concentrations of hydroquinone to.” 
—New York dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD

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Jan Marini Skin Care Management System ($310)

“I like the Jan Marini System. It brightens the skin through exfoliation and hydration. The Luminate Face Mask is a great mask for brightening.”
—New York facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann M. Klausner, MD

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The A Method Advanced Tx Lightening Gel Elixir ($94)

“This elixir is formulated with highly effective skin-care actives to lighten and correct skin dyspigmentation. Key ingredients like tranexamic acid, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, magnesium, and gluconolactone when working together, serve to hydrate the skin barrier and target skin discoloration to visibly brighten skin.”
—Washington D.C. dermatologist Tina Alster, MD

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Biopelle XCP Brightening Serum ($126)

“This serum delivers a combination of L-ascorbic acid and phytic acid for a powerful dose of antioxidants to even out skin tone and improve its appearance. I use it as part of my morning routine to brighten my skin and defend against free radicals.”
—Rochester, NY dermatologist Lesley Loss, MD

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Doctor’s Daugher Papaya Enzyme Peel ($88) 

“I recommend my patients sleep in this peel once a week. The papaya enzyme increases epithelial turnover which leaves you with a glowing complexion and prevents signs of aging. This peel and persistent sunblock protection is exactly what you need to keep your skin bright and glowy.”
—Miami dermatologist Dr. Deborah Longwill 

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Z Aesthetic Dermatology Z Power Peel Pads ($70)

“My favorite new brightening product is our New Z Power Peel Pads. This anti-aging pad contains trichloroacetic acid (TCA 10%) and has a six-acid delivery system to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and brighten overall skin. It’s a light chemical peel you can do at home!”
—Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologist Ann Zedlitz, MD 

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