There are many versions of creams, gels, and lotions to lighten undesired darker brown areas (freckles, sunspots, “mask of pregnancy”) of the skin. A few are prescription, and many equally effective preparations are available without a prescription. Hydroquinone, botanical extracts, and fruit acids are the most common ingredients. Long-term, regular use is necessary; sun protection of the treated area is essential. Many times additional treatments such as HydraFacial, light chemical peels, IPL, or laser are necessary for best improvement.