Tested on animals:Yes
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 Now, that product has been replaced by what's appears to be a less enticing option, at least going by what the research (rather than fashion magazines) state.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.