La Roche-Posay Mela-D Serum Anti-Dark Spot Concentrate
1 fl. oz. for $57.95
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This skin-lightening product lists alcohol as the second ingredient, which makes it too drying and irritating for all skin types, not to mention the free-radical damage and cell death that alcohol causes. The amount of glycolic acid included 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 kojic acid as a lightening agent, it is an option, but there are others (e.g., hydroquinone, niacinamide, and vitamin C) that have better track records. If you want to give kojic acid a try, Keep in mind that kojic acid is an exceptionally unstable ingredient and has some research showing it to have a negative cellular effect.

Last Updated:02.21.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Visibly corrects dark spots and helps even skin tone with a breakthrough formula that delivers professional-grade results. Contains 1% Kojic Acid (helps reduce the appearance of dark spots), 0.2% LHA and 5.7% Glycolic Acid (provides intense exfoliation to help reduce the size and color intensity of dark spots and help even skin tone).


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

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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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