11.09.2015
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Spot Light Targeted Skin Lightener
0.85 fl. oz. for $9.49
Expert Rating
Community Rating (9)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:11.09.2015
Jar Packaging:No
pH:3.30
Tested on animals:No

Spot Light Targeted Skin Lightener is a well-formulated skin-lightening product that combines 2% hydroquinone with 10% glycolic acid in a base with a pH of 3.3, all in packaging that will keep the hydroquinone stable. It's best for normal to dry skin, assuming you'll be applying it all over your face. If you're only going to spot-apply to discolorations, it's fine to use on all skin types not prone to breakouts.

The only thing missing is a selection of state-of-the-art skin-identical ingredients and more antioxidants (vitamin E, listed as tocopherol, is included). Despite that shortcoming, Spot Light Targeted Skin Lightener remains one of the better options for those who want to lighten brown skin discolorations (whether from sun damage, hormones, or acne) and the glycolic acid works in tandem with the hydroquinone to improve skin's appearance and texture.

OK, one more slight disappointment to mention is the inclusion of fragrance. Fragrance isn't skin care, and coupled with active like hydroquinone plus 10% glycolic acid, it could put skin at greater risk of irritation.

Pros:
  • Contains 2% hydroquinone, the gold standard for lightening brown discolorations.
  • 10% glycolic acid exfoliates and enhances results from the hydroquinone.
  • pH-correct formula allows the glycolic acid to function as an exfoliant.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Small amount of fragrance may increase potential for irritation from the combination of hydroquinone and glycolic acid.
Community Reviews
Claims
Say goodbye to sun spots, freckles, age spots and changes in skin pigmentation caused by hormones, pregnancy or the use of oral contraceptives. Alpha Hydrox Spot Light Targeted Skin Lightener contains a combination of 10% Glycolic Alpha Hydroxy Acid to significantly improve your skin's tone and texture and Hydroquinone, proven to lighten skin discolorations. Glycolic acid not only boosts the effectiveness of hydroquinone, it works to refine skin's texture so skin looks younger and more radiant.
Ingredients
Active Ingredient: Hydroquinone 2% ; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ozokerite, Sodium Hydroxide, Steareth-20, Laureth-23, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Sodium PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, BHT
Brand Overview

Alpha Hydrox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good selection of well-priced, effective AHA products utilizing glycolic acid; also excels with skin-lightening and retinol products; a small but workable selection of cleansers.

Weaknesses:A couple of moisturizers with oxygenating ingredients; reliance on jar packaging for some products with antioxidants.

Known primarily for their well-formulated AHA products, Alpha Hydrox got an impressive image update recently. Although the improvements were more visual and packaging-related than formulary-driven, the fact remains that Alpha Hydrox has a formidable range of effective AHA products, all with definitively researched glycolic acid. Kudos to the company for continuing to be direct about the AHA content (and pH) of their exfoliants, something most other lines selling AHA products prefer to keep a mystery. Should the folks behind this brand choose to go back to the drawing board once again, they would do well to reconsider their current jar packaging if they intend to keep adding antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients to their efficacious but still predominantly basic products. Until then, you can rely on Alpha Hydrox for supplying AHA products that really work, and a few other surprises too, all affordably priced and readily available.

For more information about Alpha Hydrox, call 1-800-447-1919 or visit www.alphahydrox.com.

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Alpha Hydrox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good selection of well-priced, effective AHA products utilizing glycolic acid; also excels with skin-lightening and retinol products; a small but workable selection of cleansers.

Weaknesses:A couple of moisturizers with oxygenating ingredients; reliance on jar packaging for some products with antioxidants.

Known primarily for their well-formulated AHA products, Alpha Hydrox got an impressive image update recently. Although the improvements were more visual and packaging-related than formulary-driven, the fact remains that Alpha Hydrox has a formidable range of effective AHA products, all with definitively researched glycolic acid. Kudos to the company for continuing to be direct about the AHA content (and pH) of their exfoliants, something most other lines selling AHA products prefer to keep a mystery. Should the folks behind this brand choose to go back to the drawing board once again, they would do well to reconsider their current jar packaging if they intend to keep adding antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients to their efficacious but still predominantly basic products. Until then, you can rely on Alpha Hydrox for supplying AHA products that really work, and a few other surprises too, all affordably priced and readily available.

For more information about Alpha Hydrox, call 1-800-447-1919 or visit www.alphahydrox.com.