Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

: 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4--11

Cosmeceuticals for hyperpigmentation: What is available?

Rashmi Sarkar1, Pooja Arora2, K Vijay Garg1 
1 Department of Dermatology, Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, Geeta Colony, New Delhi, India

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Rashmi Sarkar
Department of Dermatology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi - 110 002

Cosmeceuticals are topical cosmetic-pharmaceutical hybrids that enhance the beauty through constituents that provide additional health-related benefit. Cosmeceuticals are commonly used for hyperpigmentation. These disorders are generally difficult to treat, hence the need for skin lightening agents including, cosmeceuticals. These agents selectively target hyperplastic melanocytes and inhibit key regulatory steps in melanin synthesis. With the recent safety concern regarding use of hydroquinone, the need for alternative natural, safe and efficacious skin lightening agents is becoming all the more necessary and the article attempts to look at other alternative cosmeceuticals available or maybe upcoming in the future. We carried out a PUBMED search using the following terms źDQ╗cosmeceuticals, hyperpigmentation, skin lightening agents.źDQ╗ We cited the use of various agents used for the treatment of hyperpigmentation, mainly melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. We describe the safety and efficacy of these agents and their advantage over the conventional therapy.

How to cite this article:
Sarkar R, Arora P, Garg K V. Cosmeceuticals for hyperpigmentation: What is available?.J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2013;6:4-11

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Sarkar R, Arora P, Garg K V. Cosmeceuticals for hyperpigmentation: What is available?. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2013 [cited 2022 Jan 20 ];6:4-11
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