SkinCeuticalsAdvanced Pigment Corrector
1 fl. oz. for $90
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Advanced Pigment Corrector is a skin-lightening product whose formula is a mixed bag and definitely on the pricey side given there are several superior options that cost less. The silky texture feels great but we're concerned about the amount of denatured alcohol, especially given that this product contains more of that than the ingredients capable of lightening dark spots and promoting a more even skin tone. Alcohol is pro-aging and incites inflammation that can damage healthy skin, so although it's not a major ingredient in Advanced Pigment Regulator, it's presence over proven skin-lightening agents is disappointing.

Advanced Pigment Corrector contains a tiny amount of salicylic acid—likely well below 1%, though the pH is in range for it to function as an exfoliant. Because of the seemingly low amount, though, this benefit isn't one you can count on (which is a shame, because exfoliating with salicylic acid or an AHA ingredient like glycolic acid improves skin tone and texture).

This product contains an ingredient known as hydroxyphenoxy priopionic acid, which is said to be a derivative of the gold standard skin-lightening active, hydroquinone. Regrettably, there's no research proving this ingredient is an effective or a safer alternative to hydroquinone, though it's worth nothing hydroquinone is perfectly safe when properly formulated and used as directed. That means you need to take SkinCeuticals' word for it, yet let's not forget that not too long ago they were heralding their Advanced Pigment Regulator as the proven answer for dark spots. Now, that product has been replaced by what's appears to be a less enticing option, at least going by what the research (rather than fashion magazines) state.

In the end, despite the potential-yet-unproven effectiveness of the hydroquinone alternative at play here, this skin-lightening product isn't one we feel comfortable recommending, especially not at its current price. For this much money, you'd be better off asking your physician for a prescription hydroquinone product, or check out any of the recommended options on our list of Best Skin-Lightening Products.

  • Silky texture.
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • Mica brightens skin.
  • Amount of alcohol is potentially irritating.
  • Lacks skin-lightening agents with research supporting their effectiveness.
  • Expensive given the number of superior options.
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Advanced Pigment Corrector is clinically proven and tested on all ethnicities to help correct and prevent unwanted pigmentation. This powerful multi-layer treatment is a highly effective, safe, full-facial approach to reducing stubborn discolorations and preventing reoccurrence. In addition to its efficacy on the appearance of skin discolorations and dark spots, Advanced Pigment Corrector boosts skin tone evenness and radiance.


Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Pentaerythryityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PTFE, Methylsilanol/Silicate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid, Ammounium Polyacrydimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Pentylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldmethyltaurate/Steareth-8 Methacrylate Copolymer, Dimethiconol, Cl 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Salicylic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Flax Extract/Yeast Extract/Extrait De Lavure, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Mica, Disodium EDTA, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Citric Acid, D159713/2.

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SkinCeuticals At-A-Glance

With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).

There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brand’s offerings.

For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.

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