Pay Attention: Ingredients!

So I think I’m going to start a Pay Attention series….just things to pay attention to that can help you tackle your skin care issues.  It’s always nice to see a professional, either a dermatologist if you have a skin disease, or an esthetician who can help keep up with regular maintenance.

You don’t have to be a pro, but you should know which ingredients can help with your particular issues.  Dark spots and dry skin are the issues that I get asked about the most so today I’ll be focusing on those issues.

For Dark Spots

Hydroquinone – this ingredient is a melanin inhibitor, meaning it decreases the amount of melanin produced.  It works well for freckles, acne scars, age spots and other skin discolorations.


This product should not be used long term.  You should see results within roughly 4 weeks of use.  You should discontinue use after about 2-3 months.  I’m not saying you can’t ever use it after those initial months but let your skin take a break before resuming again.

This can be purchased over the counter.  The most common amount in an over the counter product is 2%.  A doctor can prescribe a larger dose but most insurance companies don’t cover it because it is a cosmetic item.  So that can make a prescription version very pricey.


Ambi Fade Cream (contains 2% hydroquinone)
paula's choice hq
Paula’s Choice Resist Triple Action Dark Spot Erase Gel (has 2% hydroquinone and 2% BHA, which is an exfoliator)


For Hydration (dry skin)

Hyaluronic Acid – this is something that the body actually produces on its own but as time goes on the body produces less and less.  It is very helpful to use topically to treat wounds and to help with providing moisture and moisture retention.  It’s also good for anti-aging because the more moisture skin has the younger it looks.  Thinner and dryer skin ages faster.

You can get moisture using products that don’t contain hyaluronic acid, but this is a good ingredient to look out for if you have very dry skin.


derma e hydrating serum
Derma e Hydrating Serum
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel










Let me know if you have any other skin issues that you need recommendations for.  I’m always taking requests if you want to see a post about something specific!

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