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.

Devices used for this treatment: