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How to kiss age spots, freckles, and uneven skin tone goodbye

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Found! At-Home Age-Spot Options That Work
Many products promise to fade spots, but do they make a difference? To find out, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute had volunteers try various treatments for a four-week period. At two- and four-week intervals, they were examined by New York City dermatologist David J. Goldberg, M.D., using a Visia (a complexion-analyzing machine). Testers also rated the products on performance, ease of use, and satisfaction. So which one hit the spot? The winner with both the testers and the doctor was Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel ($58, Sephora). Most volunteers who used this mix of glycolic acid and 2 percent hydroquinone showed a visible improvement in skin discoloration after just two weeks. If you'd prefer not to use hydroquinone, try our runner-up, Good Skin All Bright Spot Treatment ($15, Kohl's). Though this blend of glucosamine, mulberry root, and yeast extract didn't lighten as noticeably as the Murad product, testers did experience results and liked that it was "nonirritating."

Originally published on August 20, 2007

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