skin lightening - small areas

BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
edited October 2014 in Formulating
Skin lightening is something I haven't tried before. My reason is mainly that such products have potential for abuse and the market sector is riddled with scare stories, and also, some manufacturers especially in the Far East and Africa still use dangerous substances (such as skin bleaching).
However, I have been getting a lot of people approaching us for a lightening treatment for small areas of the face, e.g a dark pigmented patch 1 - 3 cm across.
Would anyone on the forum like to recommend one or more modern, safe, actives that I could look at using in a formula? Thanks in advance.
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  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    It's tough to beat Hydroquinone for effectiveness.
  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    Hydroquinone is banned in the E.U.

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  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Well not exactly banned. You can still get a prescription for it from a doctor.
  • hydroquinon has side effects,maybe this website would be beneficial. Arbutin and retinoid are so effective in whitening.

    http://skinwhiteningscience.com/top_skin_whitening_agents.html

     

  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    We already use shea butter in our skin creams which contains retinoids, and does provide lightening and age-spot fading; but I am looking for something more rapid and more suitable for spot treatment (small areas up to a few cm across, dark patches, that kind of thing).
    I used to have a link to a Far East manufacturer of advanced bio components (such as human growth hormone etc) that have very advanced ingredients for this, but I can't seem to find it.
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  • Bill_TogeBill_Toge Member, Professional Chemist
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is a good one, as it's reliable, relatively safe and more stable than ordinary vitamin C

    kojic acid and alpha-arbutin are also effective, but they're very expensive and some safety assessors take issue with them as they're hydroquinone-alikes/hydroquinone precursors; if you decide to go down this route, check beforehand that your safety assessor is OK with them
    UK based formulation chemist. Strongest subjects: hair styling, hair bleaches, hair dyes (oxidative and non-oxidative) I know some stuff about: EU regulations, emulsions (O/W and W/O), toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos, other toiletries
  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    Conjunto Lar has Dermawhite NF LS9410, http://www.bsibusiness.com/uploads/product_ls/pdf/84_pdf.pdf is the manufacturer's puff for it. Any comments, guys? I don't know the price as yet.

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  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist
    Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Licorice Root Extract, Niacinamide and Daisy Blossom Extract are proven, effective, safe whitening agents.

    There are issues with skin sensitivity to Kojic Acid.  Alpha Arbutin is a hydroquinone precursor, so if you are selling to a European market, may not be a good choice.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

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  • Lightoceane is a brown algae extract (INCI Halidrys siliquosa extract) that reduces melanin synthesis. 

  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    Thanks!
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