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Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

Which skin type is it good for?✔ Normal✔ Oily✔ Combination✔ DryWhat it is:A fast-acting dark spot serum with two percent hydroquinone to diminish the appearance of dark spots, age spots, freckles, and hyperpigmentation.Solutions for:- Dark spots and uneven skintone- Dullness and uneven textureIf you want to know more… Murad’s Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum targets damage caused by environmental aggressors such as pollution, smog, and sun that accelerates the appearance of hyperpigmentation, uneven tone and texture, and lines and wrinkles-all classic signs of aging. Hydroquinone, the pigment lightener doctors prescribe most, lightens existing dark spots and age spots while addressing the causes of hyperpigmentation. Hexapeptide-2, an advanced skin-brightening peptide, gives skin a more even, radiant tone. Glycolic acid lifts away dull, dead skin cells and allows active ingredients to penetrate more quickly and deeply for faster, better results.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- PhthalatesWhat else you need to know: Like all products in Murad's Environmental Shield family, Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum is enriched with skin-brightening antioxidant Vitamin C. It is also hypoallergenic.Research results: In a Murad sponsored study: - 85% saw spots lighten in just 1 week
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Questions & Answers for Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

Question
What percentage of hydroquinone does this contain?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
sophcath
(Toronto, ON)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
5 answers
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answer 1
it states on the bottle 2%
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
xplanetx
answer 2
This product contains 2% hydroquinone, which I'm told is the maximum concentration that is available over-the-counter.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
Namasaurus
(Redlands, CA)
answer 3
I believe this has 2% hydroquinone
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
GKGLA
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
two percent
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
KayaM
(Philadelphia,Pa)
answer 5
2%
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
osubuckeye
(Columbus, OH)
Question
apply only on spots?
do you put this only on the affected spot/discoloration or all over your face?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
merclay
(Tampa, FL)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
I put this on only the affected area. I have brown spots on my jaw line (from birth control pills). I'm sure it wouldnt hurt to apply to the whole face, but why if you dont need it. I have been using it for 3 days and I cant believe the change already. It really works!!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
roxygirl37
(Whittier, California)
answer 2
It is made to use on spots only or you can use it on entire face, neck and chest. You chose how and where you use your product.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
Magicalgenie
(Ingram, Texas)
answer 3
All of my face and on the spots on my hands. Great product
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
smileyrunning
(Palo Alto, Ca)
answer 4
At first I put it on one spot. Now I'm applying it all over my face.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
junethebug
(Los Angeles, CA)
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what is the percentage of the hydroquinone in the product?
asked 4 years ago
megomom
(Kalama, WA)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
2%, but strong enough to cause cancer.
In 1994, the Journal of the American College of Toxicology (now known as the International Journal of Toxicology) published The Addendum to the Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Hydroquinone. Its conclusion stated that “hydroquinone is a potent cytotoxic agent that causes mutations and alterations to DNA, and that it should not be used in any leave-on type of product; it is safe for rinse-off products when used in concentrations less than 1 percent."

Hydroquinone is immunogenic, it's a carcinogen, some people get contact dermatitis from using it, and in rare cases, people have experienced hypopigmentation after overusing hydroquinone because the chemical is photosensitive. This means that your skin will become darker. The condition is called exogenous ochronosis.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
sueser
(NY)
answer 2
It is 2% hydroquinone
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
CriticalGirl
(Knoxville, TN)
answer 3
2%
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
Magicalgenie
(Ingram, Texas)
answer 4
2% I use it and haven't had anything bad happen to my skin and i'm really sensitive
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
stacm89
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
How long should one use this product?
I received a deluxe sample and have been using this product for about 2 weeks. I'm considering purchasing a full size version of this product to treat hyperpigmentation on my face, but I'm apprehensive about using it for an extended period of time. I've heard of negative effects associated with the use of hydroquinone, such as toxicity and unwanted pigment changes. Is this product intended for short or long term use? Will the skin lightening effects last after ceasing to use the product? For instance, could one use this product for 6 months only and expect to see lasting results?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
primeraddict
(New York, NY)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
This is a proven carcinogen.
In 1994, the Journal of the American College of Toxicology (now known as the International Journal of Toxicology) published The Addendum to the Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Hydroquinone. Its conclusion stated that “hydroquinone is a potent cytotoxic agent that causes mutations and alterations to DNA, and that it should not be used in any leave-on type of product; it is safe for rinse-off products when used in concentrations less than 1 percent."

Hydroquinone is immunogenic, it's a carcinogen, some people get contact dermatitis from using it, and in rare cases, people have experienced hypopigmentation after overusing hydroquinone because the chemical is photosensitive. This means that your skin will become darker. The condition is called exogenous ochronosis.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
sueser
(Syracuse, NY)
answer 2
Yes, absolutely! I got a sample of this and, no joke, saw results within two weeks! I use it day and night and the saleswoman in sephora told me that it's best to use this product in a cycle of 3 months on/3 months off, because it can be somewhat harsh. I'm sure you'll see results within those 3 months. Even though they say it is harsh, I have extremely sensitive skin and it was fine for me!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Jamiewasco
(Brick, NJ)
answer 3
Dont use this product, it will harm your beautiful skin with hydroquinone. I tried using it to get rid of freckles and acne scars and it aged my skin. Skip this chemical bath and go to a med spa.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
peacockfeather
(Portland, OR)
answer 4
I would go to the plastic surgeon and get a retinol Rx.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
joydie
(Belton, TX)
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I received a small travel set that included this, but the color of the liquid is yellowish, not clear like in the photo. Is it still safe to use?
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
shynomore
(Pittsburgh, PA)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
Hydroquinone changes color when it is exposed to air or sunlight. Yes, it's still safe to use, but it probably won't be as effective as when it was clear.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
Sybrinth
answer 2
This color appeared after about 3months of me owning the product, I don't think it's safe to use, you should return it.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
LaMouna
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
I would be wary of using this if it's yellow. That is very strange.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
Chartrav
(Brisbane, Australia)
answer 4
This product should be clear and not yellow. Perhaps it is old. I do not recommend using it as it may cause an unexpected reaction or it may lighten unevenly.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
lorntor
(Gaffney, SC)
Question
what is the percentage of hydroquinone?
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
nodawg
(Phoenix, AZ)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
2%
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
BBlovesMU
(Saint-Hubert, QC)
answer 2
2% It's pretty much the standard for this ingredient.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
DianaU
(Columbus, Oh)
answer 3
I believe it contains 2% hydroquinone.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
CandyJJ
(Ontario, ON)
answer 4
2%
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
nkw0114
(Seattle, Wa.)
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Will this harm my face or make my skin blotchy if used all over, or should I just use it on dark spot area?
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
eppie71
(Jericho, NY)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
It may make you break out if used all over your face. This occurred to me and as I have read for a few other reviewers also. I would suggest trying it out on a small area of your face i.e. where the dark spot is. Also, do not purchase until you are sure of the product's effectiveness, ask for a sample.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
Stefbucks
(Toronto)
answer 2
I have some dark spots on the lower portion of my face, just below my cheek bone and I will rub it in the area around my dark spot (or where they were) and have not experienced any issues or blotchiness.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
Solie223
(Windsor, CT)
answer 3
i out it all over my face and i was fine.. i have fair skin and freckles if that helps.. it helped lighten blemish marks and darkness of freckles
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
crobub
(Seattle WA)
answer 4
Use it all over, including neck and decollete.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
jle1
(Dayton, OH)
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Does this totally get rid of sun spots or just lighten them?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
meanz04
(middleton, ma)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
Mine have faded considerably, but they are still there. Perhaps with continued use they will get better, but they did not get worse when I ran out of product for 3 weeks.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
ShaylaQ
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
I've had sunspots I couldn't get rid of (I was actually going to have them cosmetically removed with a laser prior to getting this product) for years. I tried everything to get them to fade. This product actually faded them significantly in the first week of use. I'm thrilled, especially since my skin is so fair, it shows every little thing! You should definitely give it a try.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
shorelinebeads
(Seattle, Wa)
answer 3
THIS STUFF HAS TOTALLY BLOWN MY DARK SPOTS AWAY, AND I WAS NOT THAT GOOD ABOUT APPLYING IT EVERY DAY. IT DID TAKE A LITTLE WHILE, SO DON'T GIVE UP!!! I LOOK YOUNGER W/OUT THE SPOTS!!!!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
scnmetterling
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 4
This totally got rid of the dark spots on my face
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
Solie223
(Windsor, CT)
Question
Has this made anyone breakout?
asked 7 years, 4 months ago
runnergirl1
(Syracuse, NY)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
Yes, literally after my first use. I woke up the next day with the worst breakout. The worst part is I definitely saw it help my dark spots after this very first use. So I decided to use it again & I broke out even more (dumb I know) but it was really doing great for my dark spots. I have sensitive skin however.
answered 7 months ago
MorganMychele
answer 2
Yes, it caused me to break out. I never did on my cheeks before. I stopped using it on my face. It did fade the spots, though, so I only use it on my arms.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
DianaU
(Columbus, Oh)
answer 3
Never heard of it breaking anyone out.
My persoanl experience it has dried my skin out around my nose had to go to a stronger moisturizer.
Maybe something in the ingredients does not agree with your skin tone, your hormones, pigmentation, there could be many reasons why it is breaking you out
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
Magicalgenie
(Ingram, Texas)
answer 4
I'm almost through my first bottle and have not had the product cause any breakouts.
answered 7 years, 4 months ago
GroundFloor
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
will this product all work on chest & upper arms w/brown, sun spots?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
mindi45414
(dayton ohio)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
Yes, it works on other parts of the body. I have used on my chest & arms. It has worked wonderfully for me
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
NSF0527
(San Jose, CA)
answer 2
I didn't work on me...
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
ivyL87
answer 3
It should if the spots are brown and from sun damage. The active ingredient, hydroquinone, used to only be available by prescription. It specifically works on the brown melanin in your skin that's the brown spot.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
palindrome69
(NY, NY)
answer 4
It didn't work on my face, so I doubt it would work on any other body part.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
heidi7
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