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J Drugs Dermatol. 2007 Jan;6(1):32-9.

Insight into skin lightening cosmeceuticals for women of color.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Penn State, College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center, Hummelstown, PA 17036, USA. sbadreshia@gmail.com


The changing face of America highlights the importance of understanding dermatologic conditions of skin of color. Hyperpigmentation is the most common and distressing condition afflicting this unique subset of the population. Dermatologists need to familiarize themselves with cosmeceutical skin lightening agents and corrective camouflage formulations. This article will highlight common over-the-counter agents addressing their advantages and disadvantages. Combination agents with sunscreen will often be the most effective treatment available.

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