Natural ingredients for darker skin types: growing options for hyperpigmentation

J Drugs Dermatol. 2013 Sep;12(9 Suppl):s123-7.


Dyschromia is one of the most common dermatological concerns in patients with darker skin.1 Disorders of hyperpigmentation, including postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, solar lentigines, and miscellaneous causes of facial hyperpigmentation, are the most frequently treated dyschromias and can have a considerable psychosocial impact. Given the high prevalence of hyperpigmentation and the considerable demand for an even complexion, newer treatment options for hyperpigmentation are of growing interest among consumers, manufacturers, and dermatologists. Blinded, controlled studies demonstrating skin lightening effects in soy, niacinamide, n-acetylglucosamine, licorice extract, arbutin, vitamin c, kojic acid, emblica extract, lignin peroxidase, and glutathione have led to the development of a growing list of non-prescription skin care products that can be incorporated (mostly as adjuncts) in the management of hyperpigmentation.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Products / chemistry*
  • Biological Products / therapeutic use
  • Dermatologic Agents / chemistry
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Hyperpigmentation / drug therapy*
  • Melanosis / drug therapy
  • Nonprescription Drugs / chemistry
  • Nonprescription Drugs / therapeutic use
  • Skin Care / methods
  • Skin Pigmentation*


  • Biological Products
  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Nonprescription Drugs