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The Best Fade Creams

By Joshua Duvauchelle

Skin discolorations may be the result of acne and other types of skin trauma, or environmental conditions like the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Whatever the cause, the discolorations can leave your skin dotted with brown marks and an uneven skin tone. Resurface your skin with proven active ingredients, like glycolic acid or hydroquinone, to fade discolorations and brighten your skin.

Doctors Dermatologic Formula Fade Cream 15

DDF's skin fading cream contains hydroquinone at a concentration of 2 percent, making it an "effective skin-lightening product," according to skin care expert Paula Begoun in her review manual, "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me." Hydroquinone works by inhibiting your skin's pigment production. It also contains glycerin to help hydrate your skin surface for a smoother, firmer look.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Fight & Fade Gel

Neutrogena's fading gel is designed to help fade the darkened skin left behind by acne and other forms of skin trauma. It placed as a finalist in the Cosmetic Executive Women's 2010 beauty awards, which is like the beauty industry's form of the Oscars. The product is formulated with salicylic acid and glycolic acid. The former exfoliates your skin and keeps new blemishes from forming, while the latter accelerates skin cell turnover to lighten your skin. Glycolic acid is an effective skin fader, reports the Mayo Clinic.

Dermalogica ChromaWhite TRx Extreme C

Dermalogica's skin brightening cream got a Paula's Pick designation from Begoun, meaning it's one of the best of the best. She says it's a "good formula" with a concentrated amount of stabilized vitamin C that can help improve skin discoloration, while skin conditioners, cell-communicating ingredients and other antioxidants help improve the overall condition of your skin.

Good Skin Labs Lumecin Overnight Brightening Gluco-Protein Treatment

Good Skin Labs' skin whitener was voted a finalist in the CEW's 2010 awards, beating dozens of other skin care products in the antiaging category. The CEW reviewers said it was "revolutionary," using a proprietary fading complex plus chemical exfoliants to encourage skin cell renewal and accelerate the fading of discolorations that may be affecting your skin tone.

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