Last week I posted a blog post and video about choosing the right sunscreen for melasma and hyperpigmentation (because some will help protect it from getting darker, and others won’t).

One of my subscribers from YouTube asked if I could talk more about the products and active ingredients I used to fade the melasma that I developed during my pregnancy. She asked specifically if I used vitamin C, lactic acid, glycolic acid, retinols, etc?

Great question!

Over the past year, I’ve used all these active ingredients in one form or another to try and fade the melasma (the only active ingredient I won’t use for hyperpigmentation is hydroquinone. Personally, I don’t feel it’s safe). In the past year, I’ve been able to get rid of 90% of the hyperpigmentation. And I’m happy to say, it’s continuing to fade.

In today’s video I go over all the products I tried and used over the past year in hopes of fading the melasma.

I will tell you right now that some products worked great at fading the pigmentation, but many did nothing. Strangely, there was one natural brightening product that made my pigmentation even darker! (and this isn’t the first time a product has done that to me, more about that in my video below!).

If you have hyperpigmentation or melasma, and struggle to fade it, check out today’s video. As you’ll see in the video, I’ve tried many different products and there’s definitely a pattern of what active ingredients really work at targeting hyperpigmentation and melasma. Not all exfoliants and active ingredients work the same. And even though some products are great at brightening, resurfacing the skin, and evening skin tone – they might not get deep enough to help the hyperpigmentation or melasma.

Review of products I used for hyperpigmentation from Drunk Elephant, Oskia, Tata Harper, Andalou Naturals, VERDURA naturalternatives, The Ordinary.

Products mentioned in the video

Below are links to all the products I mentioned in the video. All these products are great (for exfoliation, skin brightening, getting smooth skin, or preventing clogged pores and congestion). But, not all these products help hyperpigmentation or melasma. In fact, there’s only a few products out of the bunch that really made a difference. (To find out which ones worked for fading the hyperpigmentation and melasma, make sure to watch today’s video).

OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel


DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

TATA HARPER Concentrated Brightening Essence

ANDALOU NATURALS Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

OSKIA Renaissance Mask


THE ORDINARY 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

THE ORDINARY Granactive Retinoid 2% In Squalane

UMA Absolute Anti Aging Face Mask

More info on how to fade pigmentation & melasma

Check out these blog posts, they’ll definitely help!

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