Hypoallergenic Products for Treating Uneven Skin Pigmentation

Uneven skin tone is caused from different amounts of melanin pigment in skin. This usually comes from too much pigment relative to the surrounding skin, and is called hyperpigmentation.

Examples of skin hyperpigmentation include:

  1. Freckles and age spots
  2. Brown patches of skin from melasma, usually seen on the face 
  3. Sun damage in the form of poikiloderma or Civatte, seen mainly on the sides of the neck
  4. Healed, prior skin inflammation from acne, rashes, or injury such as burns (called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation)

In these conditions, the areas of excessive pigment can occur at different levels of the skin. When the pigment is the top layer of dead cells, it can be exfoliated using rough scrubs with cloths or sponges. Exfoliating AHAs also help.

When the pigment is in the top layer of living cells, called the epidermis, or in the second living layer called the dermis, it is harder to fix and often requires ingredients that can turn down pigment production by melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells in the skin.

Treating uneven skin tone always starts with broad spectrum sun protection. See my Sunscreen Comparison Chart to find a product to match your skin type. Also, avoid direct sun exposure by seeking the shade and covering your skin when outdoors if you really want to even your skin tone.

Exfoliating products such as scrubs and rough sponges are used to remove pigment in the dead skin layer. Product ingredients that also exfoliate skin include the AHAs (glycolic acid), salicylic acid, and retinoids. 

Products that lower the amount of pigment produced in skin include retinoids and vitamin C. Hydroquinone is also helpful. Time-honored botanical ingredients like kojic acid, arbutin, and bearberry can help, too.

It is not easy to find hypoallergenic products to even out irregular skin pigment, but it is possible. Since the most common product allergens are fragrances and preservatives, I have selected products that are fragrance-free and have hypoallergenic preservatives.

If you are familiar with hydroquinone products, you will know that this ingredient is fragile and many hydroquinone products are heavily preserved. In order to offer a hypoallergenic alternative, I carry pads that are made fresh for you when we ship them. They contain botanical kojic and licorice, and can be made with 2% hydroquinone that is not highly preserved.

The best skin care routine to fight hyperpigmentation includes layering as many of these ingredients as possible on your skin. For the 4 essential skin care steps, an example would include:

  1. Cleanse with a gentle cleanser matched to your skin type. Consider a glycolic acid cleanser, or an exfoliating scrub or sponge.
  2. Correct with my Pigment Fading Pads followed by my Vitamin C Serum, Glycolic Acid Face Cream (this functions as a moisturizer also), or Retinol Intensive Night Cream.
  3. Hydrate with a moisturizer matched to your skin type, such as my one of my Daily Face Creams (Daily Face Cream for Oily/Normal Skin or Daily Face Cream for Dry/Normal Skin) or All Natural Butter or All Natural Lotion.
  4. Protect your skin 365 days a year with a broad spectrum sunscreen. Refer to my Sunscreen Comparison Chart to find the right product for your skin type.

 Some products will take care of more than one step in your Complete Skin Care Routine.

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  1. Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit - Glytone Facial Cream #2 for Dry Skin  1003

    Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit - Glytone Facial Cream #2 for Dry Skin

    Maximize your anti-aging benefits by adding glycolic acid to my Antioxidant Anti-Aging Skin Care Kit. Use Glytone Facial Cream 2 for dry skin and the best anti oxidant anti aging skin care products made. Have confidence that you're using the best products that skin care science has to offer!

    $290.70
  2. Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit - Max Strength - Glytone Facial Cream #3 for Dry Skin  1004

    Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit - Max Strength - Glytone Facial Cream #3 for Dry Skin

    Enjoy the maximum benefits of glycolic acid to brighten your skin and treat age spots using Glytone Facial Cream 3 with the highest level of glycolic acid that I recommend for home use plus my Antioxidant Anti-Aging Skin Care Kit. Use Glytone Facial Cream 3 for dry skin and the best antioxidant anti-aging skin care products made. Have confidence that you're using the best products that skin care science has to offer!

    $292.70
  3. Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit - Max Strength - Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3 for Oily Skin  1055
  4. Kid's Cruiser Hat (Boys and Girls)  1065

    Kid's Cruiser Hat (Boys and Girls)

    Good looking and high-performance sun protection for kids. These hats also work well for adults with smaller head measurements. 

    $21.00
  5. Clarisonic SMART Profile   1251

    Clarisonic SMART Profile

    Luxurious head-to-toe sonic face and body cleansing brush. Patented sonic skin cleansing for your face and body to 'bump-up' the effectiveness of your skin care regimen. 11x better cleansing than hands alone!

    $265.00
  6. Clarisonic Mia 2   1252

    Clarisonic Mia 2

    Patented sonic skin cleansing for your face to 'bump-up' the effectiveness of your skin care regimen. Clarisonic Mia 2 gives you a gentle and effective cleanse at home or on the go.

    $150.00
  7. Men’s Performance Microfiber Hat  1189

    Men’s Performance Microfiber Hat

    These stylish and high-performance men’s microfiber hats have a breathable mesh lining and a 3 1/2" brim. They fit perfectly and won’t blow off because they have both an adjustable chin strap and an adjustable brim strap to hold them securely to your head.
    $18.00
  8. MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 Broad Spectrum  1157

    MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 Broad Spectrum

    Luxurious, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with a Silky "Barely There" Finish.
    $32.00
  9. Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit  1001

    Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit

    This Antioxidant Anti Aging Skin Care Kit offers the best skin care products made today to brighten skin, and help reduce wrinkles and age spots while at the same time protecting your skin from the sun and every day stresses.
    $250.70
  10. Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit - Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream for Normal Skin  1002

    Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit - Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream for Normal Skin

    These high tech antioxidant anti-aging skin care products will brighten skin, help reduce wrinkles and age spots while protecting your skin from the sun and every day stresses. Enjoy the benefits of Glycolix Facial Cream with glycolic acid as part of this skin care kit for normal skin.

    $273.70
  11. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection  1015

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

    $52.50
  12. SunSavvy Kit, Sensitive Skin Protection  1014

    SunSavvy Kit, Sensitive Skin Protection

    Strong, yet non-irritating sunscreen and sun block is essential for people with sensitive skin.

    $38.50
  13. Suntegrity Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30  1127

    Suntegrity Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Non-greasy natural non-nano zinc oxide mineral sunscreen for every day sun protection. This is a lovely natural mineral sunscreen made with organic ingredients - and it's not just for babies!

    $24.00
  14. UV Ray Detecto Ring  1021

    UV Ray Detecto Ring

    Learn when you are exposed to harmful UV rays. The Detecto-Ring consists of plastic UV sensing beads and a colored key ring. Keep it on your key ring and test your sun exposure - the white beads turn color when they're exposed to UV-A or UV-B. Get ready to be surprised!

    $2.50
  15. Glycolic Acid Skin Care Kit for Oily Skin  1005

    Glycolic Acid Skin Care Kit for Oily Skin

    This is the perfect combination of products for effective glycolic acid anti-aging and acne skin care for oily skin.

    $67.00
  16. Glycolic Acid Skin Care Kit for Normal Skin  1007

    Glycolic Acid Skin Care Kit for Normal Skin

    Strong professional strength glycolic acid skin care products offer the best anti aging skin care treatment for reducing wrinkles and lightening age spots. 

    $61.00
  17. Glycolic Acid Skin Care Kit for Dry Skin  1008

    Glycolic Acid Skin Care Kit for Dry Skin

    Strong professional strength glycolic acid skin care products offer the best anti aging skin care treatment for reducing wrinkles and lightening age spots. 

    $75.00
  18. Glycolic Acid Skin Care Kit - Maximum Strength for Oily Skin  1006

    Glycolic Acid Skin Care Kit - Maximum Strength for Oily Skin

    This is the perfect combination of products for effective anti-aging glycolic acid skin care for oily skin.

    $69.00
  19. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3  1027

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3

    The same light water base for oily skin as in the Glytone Exfoliation Lotion #2 but with a stronger level of AHA therapy. I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin. I recommend conditioning the skin by beginning with Lotion #2 and then advancing to #3.

    $34.00
  20. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™  1207

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

    $38.00
  21. Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™  1212

    Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™

    Two lovely, soft shades to invoke a natural looking, delicate health-radiating glow to your skin (without the sun!).

    $17.00
  22. Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30+ Sunscreen  1128

    Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30+ Sunscreen

    The best all natural, UVA-UVB broad spectrum, high performance sun screen for your 'wet and sweaty activities'.
    $19.00
  23. Glytone Facial Cream #2  1028

    Glytone Facial Cream #2

    An extremely hydrating glycolic acid cream. It's a perfect starting point for beginning AHA therapy for dry skin types. 

    $40.00
  24. Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen Eco Stick  1078

    Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen Eco Stick

    At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet!
    $16.00
  25. Pigment Fading Pads  1253

    Pigment Fading Pads

    Pigmented skin? This 2% hydroquinone treatment can help. 

    $66.50
  26. EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40  1126

    EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin.
    $24.00
  27. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™  1033

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Our Dr. Bailey SKIN Oil Off Cleanser, formulated for sensitive skin types. This 2% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is strong enough to remove oil and debris from clogged pores while remaining gentle enough for most sensitive skin.

    $17.50
  28. Glytone Facial Cream #3  1029

    Glytone Facial Cream #3

    This rich hydrating face cream is perfect for people with dry skin that have used lower strength glycolic acid products and are now ready to move up to the strongest level.
    $42.00
  29. Makeup Brush Set  1196

    Makeup Brush Set

    Beautiful, economical, and ethically sourced professional brush set and tasteful tie pouch.
    $36.00
  30. Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™  1213

    Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™

    This gossamer-light triple milled powder gives you a soft and lovely matte finish with complete coverage.

    $20.00
  31. Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen  1016

    Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen

    This is the ultimate in 'nonchemical', mineral, physical sun protection. It is perfect for people with extremely sensitive skin.

    $29.75
  32. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™  1034

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    This extremely strong 10% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is the strongest acne cleanser I recommend. Regular use dissolves oil and black heads. It's ideal for tolerant skin.

    $21.25
  33. Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™  1035

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    2% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid acne treatment medicines are strong enough to treat stubborn acne but gentle on sensitive skin.

    $17.40
  34. Avene Gentle Eye Make-up Remover  1070

    Avene Gentle Eye Make-up Remover

    This soothing gentle formulation made in France removes even stubborn waterproof eye makeup without irritation.
    $18.00
  35. Vanicream Lip Protectant  1255

    Vanicream Lip Protectant

    The best dermatologist recommended hypoallergenic lip balm and sunscreen - all in one product!

    $8.00
  36. Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™  1216

    Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™

    Oil-free pressed minerals give you medium to full coverage with a smooth, long-lasting matte finish. This mineral makeup foundation is full coverage, yet oil-free. The light reflecting powder is so fine that it won't flake or cake. You get a natural, healthy skin look because the tiny mineral particles are so fine that they layer imperceptibly on your skin giving you complete coverage to show off your skin.

    $24.00
  37. Retinol Ultra-Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™  1182

    Retinol Ultra-Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Ultra-high concentration retinol is one of the best non-prescription skin care ingredients to fight skin aging.
    $84.00
  38. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™  1217

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too!

    $43.00
  39. Glytone Mild Gel Wash  1025

    Glytone Mild Gel Wash

    This is an excellent exfoliating foaming cleanser that preps the skin for glycolic acid creams and lotions. It's an excellent cleanser for acne treatment or to exfoliate as part of an anti aging skin care regimen.

    $28.00
  40. Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin  1058

    Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    My favorite Self-Tanning product.

    $22.00
  41. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2  1026

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2

    AHA therapy with a light water base for oily skin. I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin.

    $32.00
  42. Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash  1030

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

    Replace your normal body wash or body cleanser with the Glytone Body Wash for velvet soft, smooth skin on your entire body. I recommend using Glytone Body wash in combination with the Salux Wash Cloth or a Buf Puf Body Sponge.

    $24.00
  43. Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™  1036

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from 10% glycolic acid, which I think is the ideal concentration to loosen black heads. These medicated pads perform this feat while lifting oil and debris from the skin.

    $21.25
  44. Baked Mineral Powder™  1209

    Baked Mineral Powder™

    Hydrating mineral powder for a luminous, velvety finish to your skin.

    $30.00
  45. Baked Mineral Trio Eye Shadow

    Baked Mineral Trio Eye Shadow™

    Luscious, creaseless, long lasting shimmery color. Do you love your eye makeup? I do, and it's because this is what I use every day!

    $20.00
  46. Replenix Exfoliating Scrub  1024

    Replenix Exfoliating Scrub

    The rolled bamboo beads provide gentle but effective physical facial exfoliation. Used twice a week in the morning, this product brightens and gives facial skin a nice luster.

    $42.00
  47. Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash  1291

    Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    This rich soap-free cleanser brightens your complexion and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for your treating and correcting products. Ideal for all skin types including oily skin because it gently but thoroughly removes product, oil, dirt and debris from the skin surface. The glycolic acid in this cleanser prepares your skin for the application of additional gycolic acid creams and lotions by balancing pH; fight keratosis pilaris, age spots and dry flaky rough skin with AHA cleansing, correcting and hydrating steps in your complete skin care routine.

    $28.50
  48. Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion  1290

    Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    No active ingredient beats glycolic acid for fast results when it comes to smoothing skin texture, creating a youthful and dewy skin luster, and lightening age spots. The ‘devil is in the details’ though when it comes to comparing glycolic acid products. This Glycolic Acid Lotion works beautifully to smooth out keratosis pilaris, soften seborrheic keratosis (age ‘barnacles’), and hydrate flaky and rough dry skin. It’s also a great back acne lotion to loosen blackheads.  

    $32.00
  49. Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub  1289

    Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub

    Rolled bamboo beads vigorously exfoliate dull dead cells to brighten and revive your complexion. At the same time, clay warms to ‘lift and pull’ debris from pores. The bamboo and clay combination will purify, cleanse and exfoliate like no other facial scrub can. Get smoother, softer cleaner looking skin with a more luminous appearance with this magic combination of physical exfoliation and thermal clay deep pore cleansing.

    $42.00
  50. Triple-Action Facial Exfoliating Scrub  1288

    Triple-Action Facial Exfoliating Scrub

    Eco-friendly beads combine with AHA and BHA to instantly brighten your complexion. Loosen dull dead cells and uneven pigmentation. Renew skin luster to a more youthful glow and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    $41.50
  51. Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40  1017

    Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    $28.00
  52. Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit  1296

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results!

    This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots). This treatment is also the best self-tanning skin primer for even and professional results.

    $61.00
  53. Advanced Corrective Eye Cream™  1059

    Advanced Corrective Eye Cream™

    6-in-1 technology to fight all eye-area problems in one cream!

    $75.00
  54. Glycolic Acid Skin Care Kit - Maximum Strength for Dry Skin  1052

    Glycolic Acid Skin Care Kit - Maximum Strength for Dry Skin

    This kit includes Glytone Mild Gel Wash, Buf Puf Facial Sponge, and Glytone Facial Cream 3 (20%).
    $77.00
  55. Buf Puf Exfoliating Facial Sponge  1046

    Buf Puf Exfoliating Facial Sponge

    Brighten your facial complexion as you exfoliate with the Buf Puf Facial Sponge and your favorite soap.

    $7.00
  56. Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream  1254

    Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

    The perfect AHA face cream for normal and combination skin.
    $28.00
  57. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen  1018

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. It spreads so easily that it's also my favorite product to apply to the large expanses of unprotected skin on our bodies. You absolutely must use a water resistant sunscreen when you're going to be wet. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
  58. AHA Body Skin Care Kit  1009

    AHA Body Skin Care Kit

    Everyone can have soft, velvety smooth skin on their entire body. All it takes is really good body exfoliation!

    $61.00
  59. Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats  1250

    Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats

    Lightweight, cool, and breathable cloth UPF 50 sun protection hats. Get in the habit of wearing this broad−brimmed hat along with your broad spectrum sunscreen − proven effective in the prevention of skin cancer and premature aging. Fits your head perfectly with its clever, adjustable inner brim cord. Highly packable too and makes a great gift!
    $20.00
  60. Glytone Body Lotion  1031

    Glytone Body Lotion

    With a free glycolic acid value 17.5% you will exfoliate away rough skin and age spots! My absolute favorite body care product. This is the most effective glycolic acid body moisturizer that I have found.

    $32.00
  61. Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™  1183

    Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol is one of the best non-prescription skin care ingredients you can use to reverse the signs of skin aging. Every serious anti-aging skin care routine should include a retinoid product.

    $73.50
  62. EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen  1125

    EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen

    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

    $32.00
  63. SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection   1013

    SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    The best dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen products for everyday protection. 

    $38.00
  64. Sun Guard Clothing Treatment  1020

    Sun Guard Clothing Treatment

    Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!

    $4.00
  65. Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle Professional Treatment Serum™  1023

    Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle Professional Treatment Serum™

    I think this is the best vitamin C skin care product made!  Dermatologists and skin care experts agree that vitamin C is one of the most important products in a serious anti-wrinkle treatment for sun-damaged skin.

    $111.00
  66. Salux Wash Cloth  1045

    Salux Wash Cloth

    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

    $5.00
  67. Back Applicator  1050

    Back Applicator

    Not everyone has flexible shoulders and the Back Applicator reaches where the shoulders can't.

    $12.00
  68. EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31  1158

    EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31

    Protect your delicate lips from the sun every day with a sunscreen lip balm you will love to use.
    $10.00
  69. Mineral Makeup Loose Powder Eye Shadow™  1214

    Mineral Makeup Loose Powder Eye Shadow™

    Long lasting and creaseless eye shadows with a luscious, velvety, smooth finish.

    $7.00
  70. Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen  1208

    Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen

    This luscious and all natural face cream is my absolute new favorite face sunscreen! Natural, broad-spectrum mineral zinc oxide protection that feels and looks so good on your skin that you'll want to wear it 24/7.

    $45.00

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