Skin Lightening Ingredient Dictionary

Skin Lightening Cosmeceutical ingredient Dictionary

Looking for a list of scientifically proven skin lightening ingredients? You can find the best skin whitening ingredients here. Look below for an alphabetical list of ingredients to lighten skin and erase dark spots. Click on each ingredient to learn more about the science of the skin brightening ingredient and how it works to treat hyperpigmentation.

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 dark spots so that your complexion and skin color is the same all over your face. 

You should always choose your skin care products and design your hyperpigmentation skin care routine steps according to what your Baumann Skin Type is. Skin lightening ingredients can inactivate each other and the moisturizer and cleanser you choose affect how skin lightening ingredient work.  It is complicated to make a skin care routine for hyperpigmentation, so let us help you design the best skin care routine for your skin type.

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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 ingredients from 3 different lists:

  1. A corticosteroid
  2. A tyrosinase inhibitor
  3. 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:

Aloesin- an extract of aloe

Arbutin - Alpha and Beta Arbutin

Artemisia capillaris flower extract

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Azelaic Acid- Also exfoliates because it has a low pH like hydroxy acids do.

Corticosteroid (Hydrocortisone, Fluocinolone)



Ferulic Acid

Glabridin (Licorice Extract)

Green Tea Extract



Hydroxy Acids

Kojic Acid

Mulberry Extract


Pentasodium Tetracarboxymethyl Dipeptide-51

Phenylethyl Resorcinol

Polyhydroxy Acids




Saururus Chinensis

Tranexamic Acid

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

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