Skin Lightening Ingredient Dictionary

Skin Lightening Cosmeceutical ingredient Dictionary

If you're dealing with an uneven skin tone that bothers you, then you need skin-lightening ingredients to turn off melanin pigment production, lighten dark spots, and even your skin tone. The goal is not to whiten your skin but to lighten the darker areas so that your complexion is the same all over your face.

Combining cosmeceutical ingredients from our list of categories below will help you to achieve the best results. For example, the most effective skin lightening creams to treat dark spots on the face are called Triple Combination Creams because they contain a corticosteroid, a tyrosinase inhibitor, and a retinoid. The prescription medication for melasma called Tri-Luma® is an example of a melasma cream that contains ingredients from 3 different skin lightening categories.


Categories of Skin Lightening Ingredients:

List of Skin Brightening and Lightening Ingredients in Alphabetical Order:



Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Azelaic Acid


(Hydrocortisone, Fluocinolone)



Ferulic Acid

Glabridin (Licorice Extract)

Green Tea Extract



Hydroxy Acids & Polyhydroxy Acids

Kojic Acid

Mulberry Extract


Pentasodium Tetracarboxymethyl Dipeptide-51

Resorcinol & Phenylethyl Resorcinol

Retinols and Retinoids

Tranexamic Acid

Note: these lists will be continuously updated as more dark spot treatments are discovered.

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