Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review so relieved!
I am so relieved I could cry. I've been struggling with melasma on my upper lip that makeup couldn't completely cover. I was using another brand that gave minimal results and then stopped working after a while. I saw a review for this product on Beautypedia and decided to give it a try. It seriously gave me results after two uses. I am so happy. Note that it does cause a slight tingling/burning when first applied, but I didn't notice any other signs of irritation after that.
Most Helpful Critical Review Not sure how I feel about this one..
I have a sun spot on my upper cheek that I have never been fond of. I bought this product and used it once in the morning and once at night for 2 days. A total of 4 times. I noticed my sun spot started to scab and then turn bright red/brown. A spot that had never been *super* noticeable has now gotten my friends and family worried that it is skin cancer. After a few days of this spot being bright red, it scabbed over again. About a week to a week and a half after initial application my sun spot looks back to normal and maybe a bit less dark. I don't know if I did something wrong but the journey to the end result was not desirable. Not sure if I will use this product again..
Reviewed by 54 customers Works well for price
Black_Girl_Magic from Illinois
This will be my third time buying it, I use about one a month and for the price this is pretty efficient, as a dark skin girl who gets acne scars easily this really helps clear my hyper pigmentation up. All you need is consistency and patience... only cons are the smell and the itching/burning when first applied but after a while it starts to subside
Terri from CALIFORNIA
I see results in just a few days. Skin may become dry after continuous use. Just take a break for a week or two. But in my experience I haven't needed to use it very long.
Anddie from Michigan
I had a large quarter sized dark spot on my cheek that many believed was a birthmark. When strangers started making comments about it I decided I needed to do something about it. I bought this product and used it by leaving it on the specific spot without rubbing it in. I did this both in the morning and the evening after washing my face with an exfoliant. On occasion, not typically this product would burn and/or the spot would get dried out. When it burned I wiped it off and would skip that application. When the spot was dry I would exfoliate it more. After 6 months I still have not finished my original tube and the the spot is virtually unnoticeable by anyone but me. This product is well worth the cost and they time needed to apply it regularly.
Sub-par at best
Eleesha from Dayton, OH
I have noticeable hyperpigmentation on my face and I purchased this to help with that. Mainly around the corners of my mouth I was hoping to lighten up a bit. This product does have a bit of a harsh smell too it which scared me ah first because I expected it to burn or severely dry my skin out. Neither happened. Nor did it lighten at all. On some days, I think that I can see my skin lightening, then the next day, it's back to its original color.
Amazing product that really works!
Stacy from California
I have a huge brown sun spot on my face that I have been trying to get rid of for awhile now. I read in the reviews that this product worked, so I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did! It has lightened the spot so much! I I have only used it for a month so I'm excited to see how much it disappears by next month. Awesome product at an incredibly reasonable price!!!
This stuff is amazing
Melissa from PA
I had a bunch of dark spots all over my face from acne. I used this every night for one week and every one of those spots were almost gone! I've been using it for a month now and all of the spots are completely gone!!! This products works miracles!
Amazing on top surgery scars
Masen from NC
I'm non-binary trans & had double incision top surgery (similar to a double mastectomy) in November 2019. Recently (March 2020) I started being able to use hydroquinone to fade the appearance of my surgery scars. I've been using this stuff for a few weeks and I'm absolutely amazed by the progress I've seen! My scars went from dark purple to light pink, and they're only getting lighter as I continue to use this. The smell isn't great, but it's tolerable— especially because the results are so amazing, I don't mind it. I usually apply this, let it dry for 20 min, then put a cica moisturizer on top. If you're using this for top surgery scars, let it dry before you put your shirt on. It can make your skin flaky if you don't moisturize after using. I highly recommend this to anyone who has scars that they want to fade! Whether they're from acne or a major surgery. Just be sure to only use it for a few months at a time (do some research online— I believe you have to give your skin a break for a few months before using it again) and cover up or use SPF consistently while using.
Once you get past the smell...
Bianca from Providence, RI
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because of the smell. It smells like burnt hair. Think Nair or after you've been in a tanning booth. I have been using the product (almost) faithfully twice a day on my cheeks after I wash and then tone my face. It seems to be helping my skin tone become even and lighten the sun spots. I will definitely continue using.
Meh, it seems ok
Jckns from Norfolk
Hoping itll work, cant tell a difference yet bc it's only been two weeks.
Works Better Than Anything Else!
SusieQ from Cleveland,OH
Went to esthetician, at facial rejuvenation spa-asked about removing brown patches on cheeks. Hundreds of dollars and years of services needed to remove patches and maintenance. Bought Murad and Alpha Skin lighteners. Murad said it took weeks to see results, I did not see any after two weeks. Tried the Alpha. First day I saw results. I had just scrubbed my face, so it burned alittle. Don't waste time and money-try this, I swear it works on my brown patches on my cheekbones!
Andrea from TEL AVIV
Glad this works for some people , but I've used pretty much the whole tube and do not see an improvement. For the record, these are sun damage spots and I really focused on the few really noticeable ones I have. But no difference.
Works very quickly
Tempest from Tampa
I have very dark hyperpigmentation along my jawline caused by ingrown hairs. I've been using this product as a spot treatment and I already see that some of the spots are lightening up. I've been using it for almost two weeks but I'm sure that with continued use all of the spots will clear up.
Great for melasma!
Damsel in a dress from MA
I have some patches of melasma on my face. This takes time to work but it's worth the effort. I used this 2 times a day for 3 weeks (plus sunscreen during the day) and there is a definite lightening. A little goes a long way - I noticed that my patches would be a bit red at first so I applied less and the redness went away. MUCH cheaper and more effective than the $95 prescription cream I used before! Awesome product.
Belle from Maryland
Go easy with this product at first. Turned my face bright red and stung for 2 days. Just use a little bit at first. I never thought my skin was too sensitive, but I may try a small amount with a blender when my skin returns to normal. In the meantime I am using it on the backs of my hands. That skin is tougher.
Amanda from Indiana
I have purchased this multiple times and will continue to purchase it. It lightens spots better than anything else I've tried.
GJ from Columbus, Ohio
I am a black male that struggles with hyperpigmentation resulting from severe breakouts. This product really works quickly to even out my skin tone without irritation. I've used 4% (prescription-strength) hydroquinone based products and this works just as well.
Seems to be working
Jakslulu from SC
This is no quick fix. Using twice a day mixed with my moisturizer for a month. I think I'm starting to see some difference, and at this great price point I'll continue to use for a while to hope for improved results.
wish this was still in the stores
Aging Gracefully from Deep South
I love all the products I have tried from Alpha!!! (They used to be in my local store, now I have to order online. Keeps me out of the store and away from temptation, so Ulta's getting a lot less of my $ this way... ) I have tried more expensive AHAs and retinols, been using for years and years, these are the best and the prices are fantastic. I swear by this lightener; I use the face wash, then a couple of pumps of intensive serum patted in all over, then this lightener and the eye cream over sun-damaged and wrinkled areas (that's basically my entire face and neck) I follow with my Olay 7-in-one for daytime. For night; wash, intensive serum, then thin layer of wrinkle repair - I have never found this regime too harsh or drying, I am very very pleased with my skin. And girls, whatever you use, don't forget the backs of hands and neck! You will be glad you did when you hit my age. These products are affordable, last a long time, and I have found the results to be outstanding.
Esther37 from Mansfield, TX
Effective in improving my hyperpigmentation when used twice daily.
The best Product
msafrique from Glendale
I have a darkspot due to Acne, it started to mess with my face once i turned 30 Really acne! at this age anywho I have tried a lot of expensive product and Skin care. A few months ago i was hearing a lot about chemical peel and an aesthetician who have 5stars in yelp the end result lots of burns in my face. After seeing my face at its worst my friend recommended this product I have been using this for 4 weeks now and the difference in my skin is major. Advise please use Sunscreen which is SPF 50+ and wear a hat or use umbrella don't go running around in the sun.
I use it twice a day morning and evening
I love it
Chatychickie from Cincinnati
I'm 27 and have acne prone combination skin that's a little oily in the summer and dry in the winter. I use this like a serum all over my face. It has the same active ingredient as the Murad rapid age spot and pigment lightening serum, which is what brought me to this product as it's so much more affordable!! It helps speed up the healing process from my blemishes and clears up the red spots acne can leave behind. It also evens my skin tone overall. I love this product and I'm buying it again!!
NOT for acne prone skin!!
Samantha from Albany, NY
I have dealt with acne for most of my life but finally had it under control. I bought this product hoping to lighten up some hyperpigmentation on my face. That resulted in a HUGE deep under the skin cyst-like zit I hadn't gotten in SOOOO long. I was super upset. I started going through the ingredients of any new products I had used and sure enough, this one contains mineral oil. I did a bunch of research and it's pretty widely accepted that mineral oil can clog pores and is comodogenic. Do yourself a favor and skip this.
No Results After 6 Weeks
Shawna Mae from Seattle, WA
I've been using this product on a few dark spots for over 6 weeks, day and night with NO RESULTS. Super disappointing. My dark spots are still very visible. THAI didn't even fade them a little. Sometimes it gave me a burning sensation when I applied it, I just assumed it gave a little tingle because it was working. Nope.
Works great for me
C from TN
I've used this consistently for 2 years. Only put a pin dot on each brown "age spot", rub a bit and over a couple of months they fade to my skin color until I can barely see where they are. One tube has lasted about three years. No stinging, smell or redness. It was the #1 product in a magazine article and I agree.
No change in my skin after using for months...
saamaashley from Florida
Beware as stings skin... Gave away to someone else to try to get use of it.