Top 10 Skin Lightening Creams Reviewed

“Pros and Cons of The Top Rated Skin Whitening Creams”

After testing the top 15 skin lightening creams on the market today, I got several request for more detailed information on the top 10 skin whitening creams. You wanted to know how well each of the various skin lightening creams performed and what I thought of them. So, I've taken the top 10 selling creams, some of which also have hydroquinone in them, to let you know about each product’s ingredients, the positive and negative aspects of each whitening cream and just how well they work to lighten the skin.

1. Meladerm Pigment Reducing Complex
The first of these skin lightening creams, and what I feel is the best, is Meladerm. Meladerm works very well to lighten hyperpigmentation, freckles, age spots and acne scars. On some skin types I've seen results in as few as 14 days with Meladerm. One of the pros of Meladerm is that it is an all-natural product that does not use hydroquinone. There are no strong chemicals involved. On the negative side, it does not work overnight (but this is true with all skin whitening creams) and it is a bit pricey. We rated this product one of the top skin lighteners. Another plus is that Meladerm offers a 30 day money back guarantee, so you can judge for yourself, try it and see how long it takes to lighten your skin. Price is $49.99 for 1.7 oz or $79.99 for 3.4 oz. (save $20)

2. Revitol Skin Brightener Cream
The second on my list is Revitol Skin Brightener. I find it to be just as good as Meladerm as a skin lightener but for different reasons. It will take 1 or 2 weeks longer to see results with Revitol, compared to Meladerm, but it does work to lighten the skin. Revitol cost about 45% less than Meladerm. This skin lightening cream also helps to erase age spots and hyperpigmentation. Revitol is made from herbal ingredients and antioxidants to help erase and protect against free radical damage. Revitol also helps make your skin firm to resist wrinkling and other damage and it eliminates the dead skin cells that can create the wrinkles.


This is one of the skin lightening creams that makes your skin stronger and even more resistant to damage in the coming years. A plus is that Revitol offers a 90 day money back guarantee. It is also all-natural which is great for many reasons. A drawback is that you can only purchase online or over the phone, and another is that pregnant women should not use it. We also rated this product one of the best skin whitening creams on the market. However, when comparing costs, Revitol comes in at one of the lowest price points—definitely a plus! Price is 29.95 for a 2 oz. tube. / 2 tubes for $54.95 (save $5) / 4 tubes for $89.95 (save $30) / 6 tubes for 119.95 (save $60)

3. Vikki Lamotta Perfect Skin Lightener
Next is Vikki Lamotta Perfect Skin Lightener. This skin bleaching cream is another of the all natural skin whitening creams. If you can’t tell, this is something I like. It helps those who have sensitive skin and those who prefer all natural products. Vicki Lamotta’s skin whitening cream uses Alpha-Arbutin. This comes from bear berry and has been used in Asian skin whiteners for decades.

This company has over 25 years in the skincare business, so they know a thing or two about whitening the skin. Another pro is that the company promises results in 2 weeks. A con though, is that users report faulty packaging. After using, you have to be very careful with storage. Their product is a bit pricey, but they do have a 30 day money back guarantee.

4. SkinBright Skin Brightener
Another great choice for lightening age spots is Skinbright. Skinbright is one of the skin lightening creams that very highly rated by consumers. It is also another of the all-natural skin whiteners. A pro is that it does not contain bleach and is very highly rated among consumers for begin gentle to the skin. We rated this product about average. The company worked for two years to come up with this formula. It promises to help fade pregnancy scars, dark marks, acne scars and other hyperpigmentation problems. This skin lightener also contains moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated which is a nice plus. In the cons column, Skinbright is, like some of the others, a bit pricey and once again, pregnant women cannot use it.

5. Clinicians Complex 6% Skin Bleaching Cream
The next of the skin lightening cream I want to talk about is Clinicians Complex 6% Skin Bleaching Cream. This cream aids in whitening the skin by using hydroquinone and kojic acid to naturally whiten the skin. Hydroquinone does work to lighten the skin, but there may be long term side effects with this chemical. This bleach cream does use harsher chemicals, but those who do not have sensitive skin can feel safe using it.

This skin lightening cream uses the three proven skin lighteners together to achieve gentle results. This means that results could take a bit longer to see, which could be seen as a downside, and most customers report seeing results in just one month. As with any bleach cream, you must use an SPF every day, and Clinicians Complex does offer a 30 day money back guarantee as well. We rated this product above average.

6. Dermology Skin Brightner
Dermology is also on the list of top skin whitening creams. Dermology promises to eliminate freckles, age spots, scars and other areas of hyperpigmentation. Dermology uses natural ingredients and is a member of the Natural Products Association. It also includes vitamins such as E, C and A, which help to combat free radicals. They say that results should start to show in as little as two weeks. We saw a lightening of the skin in about 3 1/2 weeks. A plus for this one is that it has a 90 day money back guarantee, but it is among the pricier of the skin lightening creams.

7. Makari- Caviar Face Lightening Cream
Makari is another skin whitening cream on my list. Makari is most well known for lightening African American skin. It contains naturally derived ingredients such as caviar, aloe vera and vitamin C. It will fade dark marks and even out your skin tone. The natural products in the cream work to limit the production of melanin. The glycolic acid and lactic acid in the product break down the dead skin cells already on your face, and this will reveal new, fresh skin.

No harmful chemicals are included in the formula, but those with sensitive skin may turn a bit red due to the glycolic and lactic acids, so test this product before using. It may take up to three months to see the final results, but within two to four weeks users report seeing some results. It costs a bit more than other skin lightening creams, and is not suitable for oily skin. We rated this skin lightening cream above average.

8. South Beach Skin Bleaching Cream
Another skin lightening cream on the list is South Beach Skin Bleaching Cream. This bleach cream is one that is a gel formulation. It is another natural product that uses no parabens and is hypoallergenic. Its pros include being absorbed quickly into the skin, it leaves no residue behind, can be used even on intimate areas and works on all skin types.

In the cons category, you can only purchase it online or in certain salons, and it does contain sodium hydroxide, which has been shown to have a corrosive effect on the skin. This skin lightener takes two to three weeks to show results, and is said to be ideal for underarms, breasts and intimate areas. We rated this skin bleaching cream below average.

9. Xtend Life Skin Lightening
Xtend Life Skin Lightening is another of the skin whitening creams on my top ten list. This one acts as both an anti aging day cream as well as a natural skin lightening cream, which is a big pro—who doesn’t want more for their money? The active ingredient in this skin bleaching cream is derived from a plant grown in India. It has been used in Chinese medicine for years. Results can be seen in 30 days.

Xtend Life offers a 90 day money back guarantee and is not as expensive as some of the skin whiteners on the list. This one is perfect for all over lightening, since it is also an anti aging cream. Customers do report that it takes the full 30 days to see first results, so it may take a while longer than some of the others to produce the results you want to see.

10. Murad- Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel
The last of the skin lightening creams on the list is from a name most people know and trust. Murad- Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel is a skin whitener that reviewers rave about. Customers say that this skin whitening cream yields results quickly. Unfortunately, it is quite pricey, so that is a downside. Also note that it works to exfoliate the skin, too, so be prepared for a bit of sloughing of the skin.

This product does include hydroquinone among its ingredients, as well as glycolic acid, so those with sensitive skin need to check with a doctor before using. As I have mentioned before hydroquinone may have long term side effects. In addition, the product promises to improve skins clarity while lightening any hyperpigmentation. It sounds like a good choice, based upon the exuberance of the reviewers, but again, it may be a little heavy on the pocketbook. This product was also rated above average.

To learn more about skin lightening check out:
“Top 15 Skin Whitening Creams Reviewed”
“How to Get Rid of Age Spots Fast!”
“The Best Skin Whitening Cream - Meladerm”

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“Hi, i have been using Meladerm for the past 3 weeks & the results are already amazing. People have already noticed the difference & are commenting. It’s absolutely awesome. Initially, i was afraid to get this product, i was not sure if it was a scam but now i’ve realised that it’s the best thing i could have done for myself, i’m loving it! Sasha, South Africa quoted text