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Alpha Hydrox

Spotlight Skin Lightener

Item #: 2136720

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Alpha HydroxSpotlight Skin Lightener
 
4.0

(based on 120 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (80)
  • Evens out skin tone (71)
  • Noticeable results (63)
  • Non-greasy (45)
  • Improves skin texture (36)

Cons

  • Bad smell (24)
  • Irritates skin (13)
  • Dries out skin (11)
  • No noticeable results (11)

Best Uses

  • Sun damage (66)
  • Fine lines (14)
  • Oily/combination skin (9)
  • Sensitive skin (6)
  • Age spots (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (59), Brand buyer (36), Beauty conscious (8)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (6), Normal (5)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great moisturizer!

By Hollywood

from Southern California

About Me Beauty Conscious

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Non-Greasy
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

    Comments about Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Skin Lightener:

    Yes, it does have an odor that I'm sure some people would find unpleasant. However, the smell DOES fade significantly (almost completely, in fact) within minutes. My hubby is pretty sensitive to bad smells and he never commented, so I know it's not a case of my just getting used to it. So, don't let the comments about this "overpowering, skunky odor" turn you off. it's just not that bad. On to the actual performance of the product! I haven't yet noticed any fading of my extreeeeeeemely stubborn melasma, but I didn't really expect to after only one tube. What I HAVE noticed, though, is a fairly noticeable smoothing of my skin. How noticeable, you ask? I went on vacation for a week and forgot to take it with me. "Well, surely going without it for 6 nights won't make a difference". Oh really? Well, it did. I started to get little bumps and breakouts within a couple of days! So, now that I'm home and using it again, my skin just looks better overall. The AHA's in the cream seem to be doing their thing and getting rid of some of my bumps and flakiness. I find that I need very little of this cream to cover my entire face, so even though the tube is quite small, it's lasted me a month. It's lightweight and glides over my skin effortlessly, yet leaves me feeling moisturized. I've yet to find a cream or lotion that I could say that about, until now. I just wish I could state that it was fading my melasma, but it isn't. Not that it won't over time, though. NO PRODUCT WILL WORK ON MELASMA THAT QUICKLY, and beware of any product endorsement that claims otherwise. I was sucked in one too many times by "OMG, I'm seeing results in less than a week!" type reviews, which simply can't be true (this is confirmed by my dermatologist, by the way). The bottom line is, even if it doesn't ever fade my spots, I'll keep using it because it makes my skin look better overall. Plus, it's cheap!

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Skin pigmentation

    By Beach girl

    from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Actually Took Away Most O
    • Removes Most Of My Brown
    • Removes Some Of My Brown
    • Spots
    • Took Away Some Keritosis

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      Comments about Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Skin Lightener:

      It actually removed some of my imperfections.

      • Skin Type:
      • Normal

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Patience, It Works, We're All Different

      By Asian with Scars from Bites

      from California

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Pros

      • Cost Effective
      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightens skin
      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Smells Great

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Comments about Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Skin Lightener:

        I did a lot of research before seeking this out.

        As an Asian who is active outdoors, mosquito and chigger bites come with the territory. There are times when I don't have the lemon/eucalyptus repellent that is the only non-toxic mix to ever work with confidence, nor the gold bond powder or sulfa powder required to deter chiggers. Both mosquito and chigger bites will leave a permanent dark scar. And when you're a magnet, it's very frustrating when you grew up having nice skin without blemishes.

        As for people who get a rash or other, as with anything, there are always exceptions. There will always be some people who are allergic to some component within a medication. If it doesn't work for you, try something else.

        After a couple of weeks of regular application twice a day, there is very noticeable lightening. I expect the areas to be gone with continued use according to directions. So far I am very pleased with the results since it's an investment that will last. That's another thing... this product is very cost effective. I paid under $8.00 at a local store since it was on sale.

        While I'm usually very sensitive to smell, I really don't think this smells bad at all. And it certainly doesn't linger once it soaks in which takes half a minute. Don't stick your nose in it if you don't like it. Cough syrup smells so much worse!

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works!

        By MCLMD

        from Maryland

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Effective
        • Non-Greasy

        Cons

        • Bad Smell

        Best Uses

        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Comments about Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Skin Lightener:

        I started seeing results after 3 days day. After two weeks dark spots that had been there for almost two years are gone! Ive tried more expensive things that didnt work as well as this. The smell is certainly not good but ppl are overly dramatic about the smell imo. Its chemicals and thats what it smells like. But it works!

        • Skin Type:
        • Normal
         
        5.0

        Works Awesome!

        By Helen

        from Vacaville

        About Me Minimalist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Skin Lightener:

              Quick results in a few weeks.

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
               
              2.0

              Works but the smell is awful!

              By K9Love

              from Mission Viejo

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Pros

              • Inexpensive
              • Lightens Brown Spots

              Cons

              • Smells terrible

              Best Uses

              • Uneven Skin Tone

              Comments about Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Skin Lightener:

              This product does work but the smell is so bad that I can't use it anymore. I got through one tube and in a month, my brown spots had faded. Unfortunately, I can't get over how horrible the smell is so I won't be buying this product again. I'm bummed because it's reasonably priced.

              • Skin Type:
              • Normal
               
              1.0

              had to return this

              By suzyq

              from san jose

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Causes breakouts
              • Irritates Skin

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Skin Lightener:

                I used it on the sides of my face where I noticed I was getting some Brown spots. It made me break out with small pimples in the areas I used it. I tried it for about a week to see if my skin would adjust, but I gave up and ended up returning it. I do like their other products though - the face wash and lotion work well with my skin and have made my complexion smoother and brighter.

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                 
                4.0

                results after many weeks..

                By grami

                from Alameda

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Takes A Long Time

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Skin Lightener:

                    Not fast in results but after many weeks does seem t to be changing the appearance of dark spots...now using my THIRD tube.

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Normal
                     
                    1.0

                    Really Bad Odor

                    By Love Ulta

                    from Brandon Florida

                    About Me Beauty Conscious

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Non-Greasy

                    Cons

                    • Bad Smell
                    • This Cream Smells So Bad

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Skin Lightener:

                      I wish I could comment on the effectiveness of the product. Unfortunately, I tried to use it twice - but the odor was so bad I had to stop. Not sure what causes that terrible smell but I could not tolerate it.

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Combination

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Amazing!

                      By Ravensriver

                      from Albuquerque, NM

                      About Me Beauty Conscious

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Non-Greasy

                      Cons

                      • Bad Smell

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use

                      Comments about Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Skin Lightener:

                      This is an amazing product! It does exactly what it says it will do! I have used many, many lightening creams for brown spots but none as effective as this one! It does have a really bad smell (like perms from the old days), and it can irritate the skin if used the way it says to, but I have made adjustments. When my skin started developing a rash, I used it only once per day. If it continued, then I used it every other day. I sometimes mix a little of the product with some face cream and dab it on that way. Either way I use it, those brown spots are fading and fading fast! I would have given it a five star but that smell is pretty bad!

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Combination

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