D-Pigment Rich Dark Spot Corrector
1.01 fl. oz. for $49
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

D-Pigment Rich Dark Spot Corrector is nearly identical to Eau Thermale Avene's D-Pigment Light Dark Spot Corrector. As such, the same review applies: This skin-lightening lotion has a silky, lightweight texture that feels nice, but its ability to "prevent dark spots after 4 weeks" is without proof because in truth the only product that can prevent dark spots is a broad-spectrum sunscreen. A skin lightener can fade dark spots and, to some extent, prevent new ones from becoming darker, but skin-lightening products alone cannot prevent dark spots (yes, sunscreen is that important—as is applying it every day, even when it's cloudy).

The only skin-lightening ingredient of note is phenylethyl resorcinol, yet the amount is low and, more important, research on this ingredient's ability to lighten dark spots is limited. The most compelling research looked at the results of a cream with phenylethyl resorcinol plus three other skin-lightening agents. The product was applied over a period of 3 months by 20 women, all of whom also used sunscreen. At the end of the study, it was determined that the women's dark spots decreased by 43%. The problem is we don't know how much of this improvement is due to phenylethyl resorcinol, as it wasn't used alone, which is the case with D-Pigment Light Dark Spot Corrector (Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2011, pages 189–196). In short, this isn't a product to bank on for great results if dark spots are your concern.

On the other hand, the formula does contain a form of retinol (listed as retrinal) that can improve skin tone and potentially stimulate collagen. That's great, yet you can find retinol in lots of other products that cost less yet treat skin to a greater range of anti-aging ingredients.

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Soft, velvety texture nourishes and moisturizes while restoring luminosity Clinically proven to reduce and prevent dark spots after 4 weeks while evening out skin tone and restoring radiance.


Water (Aqua), Triethylhexanoin, Cyclomethicone, Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-33, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ammonium Acryloyl Dimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Benzoic Acid BHT, Disodium EDTA, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primose) Oil (Oenthera Biennis Oil), Phenoxyethanol Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Red 33 (Ci 17200), Retrinal, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol Tocopherol Glucoside.

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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