The New "It" Ingredients for Treating Hyperpigmentation
Acne scars, sun damage, melasma -- hyperpigmentation is one of Latin women's biggest skin care woes. To fight dark spots, look for products with these winning ingredient combos
licorice root extract + glycolic acid + vitamin E Best for: uneven skin tone and dark spots
Licorice: The extract from licorice root is naturally high in glabridin, a chemical compound that inhibits tyrosinase, the enzyme that kick-starts the discoloration process.
Glycolic acid: This chemical exfoliator removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, bringing fresh, new skin to the surface. Most over-the-counter skin care treatments usually have six to 10 percent glycolic acid. Chemical peels, which should be applied by professionals, have concentrations ranging from 20 to 70 percent.
Vitamin E: An antioxidant well known for its soothing properties, vitamin E protects against the sun's damaging rays while moisturizing and healing skin cells.
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