Insight into skin lightening cosmeceuticals for women of color

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


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cosmetics / adverse effects
  • Cosmetics / therapeutic use*
  • Dermatologic Agents / chemistry
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperpigmentation / drug therapy*
  • Hyperpigmentation / physiopathology
  • Hyperpigmentation / prevention & control*
  • Nonprescription Drugs / adverse effects
  • Nonprescription Drugs / classification
  • Nonprescription Drugs / therapeutic use
  • Skin Pigmentation / drug effects
  • Sunscreening Agents / adverse effects
  • Sunscreening Agents / therapeutic use


  • Cosmetics
  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Nonprescription Drugs
  • Sunscreening Agents