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Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

What it is: A fast-acting dark spot treatment serum to help fade and prevent dark spots, age spots, and freckles. What it is formulated to do: Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of sun spots and age spots. Hydroquinone fades existing dark spots, age spots, and freckles while hexapeptide-2, an advanced skin-lightening peptide, prevents future damage by helping stop pigment formation. Glycolic acid exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, encouraging active ingredients to penetrate more quickly for fast-acting results. Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum is recommended as the step two treatment in any Murad Environmental Shield&reg regimen, and targets dark spots and skin discoloration as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health&reg system of care. What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Phthalates What else you need to know: RepleniCell™, Murad’s patent-pending, proprietary technology, helps skin act younger in three ways: it helps skin attract water it binds water to the skin and it helps skin retain water. This product is dermatologist developed, scientifically proven, and is not tested on animals. Research results: - 88% of study participants saw a more even skintone in 2 weeks Individual results will vary. Study results on file.
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Questions & Answers for Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

Question
apply only on spots?
do you put this only on the affected spot/discoloration or all over your face?
asked 2 years, 11 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 1 year, 10 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 2 years, 4 months ago
Magicalgenie
(Ingram, Texas)
answer 3
All of my face and on the spots on my hands. Great product
answered 2 years, 11 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 2 years, 11 months ago
junethebug
(Los Angeles, CA)
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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 1 year, 4 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 1 year, 3 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 1 year, 4 months ago
LaMouna
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
I would be wary of using this if it's yellow. That is very strange.
answered 1 year, 4 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 1 year, 4 months ago
lorntor
(Gaffney, SC)
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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 1 year, 3 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 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year, 2 months ago
crobub
(Seattle WA)
answer 4
Use it all over, including neck and decollete.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
jle1
(Dayton, OH)
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Does this totally get rid of sun spots or just lighten them?
asked 1 year, 1 month 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 10 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 1 year 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 1 year, 1 month ago
scnmetterling
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 4
This totally got rid of the dark spots on my face
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
Solie223
(Windsor, CT)
Question
what is the percentage of the hydroquinone in the product?
asked 2 years, 8 months 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 2 years ago
sueser
(NY)
answer 2
It is 2% hydroquinone
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
CriticalGirl
(Knoxville, TN)
answer 3
2%
answered 2 years, 4 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 2 years, 6 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 2 years, 5 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 2 years 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 2 years, 1 month 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 2 years, 5 months ago
peacockfeather
(Portland, OR)
answer 4
I would go to the plastic surgeon and get a retinol Rx.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
joydie
(Belton, TX)
Question
what is the percentage of hydroquinone?
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
nodawg
(Phoenix, AZ)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
2%
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
BBlovesMU
(Saint-Hubert, QC)
answer 2
2% It's pretty much the standard for this ingredient.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
DianaU
(Columbus, Oh)
answer 3
I believe it contains 2% hydroquinone.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
CandyJJ
(Ontario, ON)
answer 4
2%
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
nkw0114
(Seattle, Wa.)
Question
Has this made anyone breakout?
asked 6 years ago
runnergirl1
(Syracuse, NY)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
3 answers
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answer 1
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 1 year, 2 months ago
DianaU
(Columbus, Oh)
answer 2
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 2 years, 4 months ago
Magicalgenie
(Ingram, Texas)
answer 3
I'm almost through my first bottle and have not had the product cause any breakouts.
answered 6 years ago
GroundFloor
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
I'm 31 yrs old, i wonder if i can use this product?
(Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel) I ask because i'm 31 years old and i would like to know if it's good for my age.
asked 6 years, 6 months ago
constitution24
(Brooklyn, NY)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
3 answers
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answer 1
The Sephora staff person forgot to mention that hydroquinone is one of the most toxic chemicals still used in cosmetics today. A carcinogen in and of itself, it can also increase exposure to UV rays (thereby upping risk for skin cancer, too). It’s most commonly found in skin-lightening products, but it’s also found in hair relaxers, hair dye, hair-extension glue, hair removers and sunless tanning products. The FDA moved to ban its use in these products back in 2006, but it's still used.
answered 2 years ago
sueser
(Syracuse, NY)
answer 2
please be careful using ANY product containing hydroquinone. I used a different product containing this ingredient, and it darkened my skin to the color of coffee grounds where it was applied. I have fair skin. I would just be cautious in its use: not everyone has this reaction, but some, like me, do. I felt responsible to let you know about my reaction to hydroquinone. you could try Caudalie's Vinolift Perfection Serum, or any product with alpha-hydroxy acids and a gentle exfoliator- like Philosophy's- which will increase cell turnover and lessen the pigmentation. good luck.
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
productfiend
(4th generation native SF)
answer 3
This product is effective on women and men of all ages. Younger skin has a higher cell turnover rate than older skin, therefore you may see results even sooner than most!
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
BelleDeJour
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
what are the ingredients in this product
I am allergic to anything with any kind of sulfates in them. There is one skin lightener on the market that contains sulfates. That is why I want to know the ingredients.
asked 10 months ago
Anonymous
(San Bernardino, CA)
on Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
3 answers
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answer 1
I used this and I normally don't react to skin care products. I use all kinds of them. But this produce gave be bumps and big red welts on my face! Very expensive experiment. I am waiting for them to go down...
answered 6 months ago
ImpossibleSky
(New York, NY)
answer 2
I am also using this product to get rid of post acne marks and have seen it make a difference in 2 weeks. They have lightened some but I think they will continue to fade away with longer, continued use of the product.
answered 7 months ago
BeachBlonde113
(Columbus, OH)
answer 3
If you just click on this product you will see a box to click that says "ingredients"....I didnt see any sulfates in them. But the first ingredient is hydroquinone, (that's what does the skin lightening) which the FDA found had caused some forms of cancer & cancer tumors in rats. If u insist on using it anyway, & want to save money, I use Alpha-hydroxide anti-wrinkle Spot Light targeted skin lightener, average price is $10!! No sulfates but does have the hydroquinone, unfortunatly that is the ONLY thing that will remove dark spots, all other products that state they lighten skin without it, is simply not true. But it does have vitamin E & 10% Glycolic Acid which is great for skin tightening.
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answered 10 months ago
boxgirl
(NJ/NYC)
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