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Though most skin care specialists consider hydroquinone to be the gold standard for treating skin conditions involving hyperpigmentation – melasma, chloasma, age spots, etc, some individuals can't tolerate hydroquinone or prefer not to use it.  

Hydroquinone has been used as a safe and effective treatment for decades. And when it is used at low concentrations for short periods of time, it tends to be well tolerated and with a low incidence of side effects. If not used properly (high concentrations for many, many years), hydroquinone has been linked with a skin condition known as ochronosis in which the skin develops black lesions, which are often irreversible. It's important to remember that this condition develops in individuals who over use hydroquinone. The side effect has not been observed when it is used under medical supervision at recommended doses.  

Hydroquinone alternatives have been researched for years and many are available. One effective alternative is marketed under the tradename Gigawhite.  

Gigawhite possesses skin lightening properties via it action of tyrosinase inhibition. Tyrosinase is the enzyme responsible for the production of melanin, the skin’s pigment. It is an extract from alpine plants and at a 5% concentration has been shown to brighten and even skin tone as well as reduce the color intensity of age spots.  

Gigawhite is composed of seven organically grown Swiss alpine plants including:
•Malva Sylvestris Extract
•Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract
•Primula Veris Extract
•Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract
•Veronica Officinalis Extract
•Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract
•Achillea Millefolium Extract.

You can find Gigawhite in a variety of skin lightening preparations including [Link Removed]Neostrata Spot Lightener also contains bearberry, whose active ingredient arbutin, is also a potent inhibitor of tyrosinase. The formulation includes avocado butter and mango seed butter, two highly effective emollients.
As with any skin lightening regimen, the use of a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is recommended.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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