La Roche-Posay

Mela-D Pigment Control Concentrated Dark-Spot Correcting Serum

1.01 fl. oz. for $ 52.99
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The second ingredient in this skin-lightening serum is alcohol, which makes it too drying and irritating for all skin types, plus causes free-radical damage and cell death. The amount of glycolic acid could potentially exfoliate, but because this product contains the alkaline ingredient potassium hydroxide, the pH isn't anywhere near where it must be for efficacy. As for the 2% kojic acid as a lightening agent, it is an option, but there are others (hydroquinone, niacinamide, and vitamin C) that have better track records. If you want to give kojic acid a try, this isn't the product to consider. Keep in mind, however, that kojic acid is an exceptionally unstable ingredient and has some research showing it to have a negative cellular effect.


  • Contains a potentially effective amount of kojic acid.

  • Amount of alcohol is a problem for all skin types.
  • Contains glycolic acid, but the alkaline pH, due to the potassium hydroxide, keeps this from being able to exfoliate.
  • Needlessly expensive.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control Serum features an intensive blend of 2% kojic acid and LHA with glycolic acid to shed dead cells and reveal an even, bright complexion. The dual action encourages your skin to renew quicker, diminishing hyperpigmentation and discoloration. After just 2 weeks your skin will look more youthful, uniform and radiant.

Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Kojic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Vitreoscilla Ferment

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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