6 Ways to Brighten Your Skin
Skin-brightening products are selling like crazy all across the country. Find out why they're so popular -- and determine which one is right for you
Over the last year, however, I'm starting to feel a little different about my freckles. Maybe it had to do with turning 30. Maybe it was countless dermatologists referring to my freckles as hyperpigmentation -- or worse, age spots. What I used to think of as a sign of youth, I now consider just the opposite. And so I'm constantly trying to figure out how to brighten my skin (and in the process, disguise those spots) by slathering on the latest skin-lightening products. And when I go to the dermatologist, I don't want to talk about breakouts or fine lines -- I just want to know how to get rid of my freckles.
It turns out I'm not alone. According to consumer research, hyperpigmentation has become one of the top skin concerns globally. The "skin lightening" trend started more than 20 years ago in Asia with "whitening" products, but now "brightening" products -- which are essentially the same thing with a less controversial name -- are selling like crazy in the U.S.
Skip ahead to learn more about the best skin-brightening products.
"Lasers used to be the only way to really brighten and lighten skin," says New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD. "But now there are so many over-the-counter topical products that can actually make a difference." The key, she says, is to find an ingredient that works well for your skin and your particular kind of dark spots. We broke down six of the most common brightening ingredients to help you figure out which one you should try.
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