Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Plus
1 fl. oz. for $78
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De-Spot Plus has a lot of good things going for it, and were it not for one misstep in the formula, this dark spot fading treatment would have made it onto our list of Best Skin Lighteners.

When you read the claims for this product, you'll notice there is a lot of technical-sounding language, terms like "cutting-edge," "active levels," and "synergistically" are thrown around. The bottom line is that the real star ingredient here is the active 2% hydroquinone. It is the gold standard when it comes to treating skin discolorations, but it's available in many other formulas that don't cost nearly this much! You can read much more about hydroquinone and its proven effectiveness here.

Acting in supporting roles are other skin-beneficial ingredients such as skin-repairing ingredients, antioxidants, and skin conditioning agents. Even better, this blend comes in an opaque, pump-style container that ensures that light- and air-sensitive ingredients will stay stable after opening.

The reason this product doesn't get our top rating is its inclusion of the synthetic fragrance ingredients ambrettolide and methyldihydrojasmonate. Though there isn't a lot of either in this formula, it does pose a slight risk of irritation, something the best skin lightening products don't do.

  • Contains 2% hydroquinone, the gold standard for lightening brown skin discolorations.
  • Has a good blend of skin-repairing ingredients, antioxidants, and skin conditioning agents.
  • Packaged in a container that will keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
  • The synthetic fragrance ingredients it contains pose a slight risk of irritation.
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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DE-SPOT™ PLUS lightening treatment effectively fades age spots, sun spots, freckles, acne scars and melasma—with visible results in one week and maximum results in 3 months. Potent solution of 2% Hydroquinone (the maximum level available without a prescription) combined with a powerhouse, cutting-edge complex of ILLUMISCIN®, ACTIWHITE™, Chromabright™, and Lipochroman-6 at active levels synergistically reduces the intensity and size of spots and helps prevent new discoloration for a more uniform skin tone.


Active Ingredient: Hydroquinone 2% Inactive Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Caffeine, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium PCA, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, BHT, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol Palmitate, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Sucrose Dilaurate, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Dimethiconol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Ambrettolide, Mica, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Methylparaben.

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Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.

Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian.

After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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