Is Meladerm naturally good for skin lightening?

NancyM on 12 Feb 2008 at 12:00am

Skin lighteners which include hydroquinone occasionally have some negative reports about their long term effects, but Meladerm claims to be safer way to address a wide array of skin damage:

  • Hyperpigmentation / Dark discolorations
  • Age / Liver spots / Sun spots
  • Freckles
  • Tans / Sun damage
  • Melasma / Chloasma
  • Acne marks
  • Old scars
  • Birthmarks
  • Dark elbows, knees, underarms, knuckles
  • Uneven skin tones

Meladerm represents it's active ingredients of kojic acid and alpha-arbutin as a more natural means of addressing these skin conditions.  But before you run out and buy a year's supply of Meladerm, note that Meladerm usage is not necessary over the long-term as a skin lightener. The company states that Meladerm efficacy "plateaus" after 3 or 4 months. Meladerm manufacturer Civant Skin Care stated in a note to RealSelf.com that "Rather than ‘milking’ customers as some companies will do, we are honest in stating that the product does not have to be purchased indefinitely."

It may be the case that Arbutin is not all that different from hydroquinone. Dermatologist Arnold Oppenheim, MD calls Arbutin "a swarmy, sweet first cousin of hydroquinone. This is my way of saying that Arbutin is glycosylated hydroquinone....hydroquinone with a glucose (sugar) molecule attached. It in fact turns into hydroquinonie as it is broken down. Like hydroquinone it supresses pigment prodcution by inhibiting the tyrosinase enzyme."

A Civant Skin Care representative counters that, while agreeing with Dr. Oppenheim's comments, "it refers to the normal form of Arbutin, otherwise known as Beta-Arbutin (hydroquinone-beta-D- glucopyranoside). Our product, Meladerm does not use this ingredient. Alternatively, we use a completely different form of Arbutin known as Alpha-Arbutin (4-Hydroxyphenyl-alpha-D-glucopyranoside). This form of Arbutin does not break down to hydroquinone and consequently does not pose the same side effects." 

The Meladerm reviews and product feedback we've found on the web range from extreme happiness to disappointment in the results.  Do you think Meladerm is safe and worth it when it comes to lightening and whitening skin?

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I disagree with the argument it helps sun damage. By reducing your skin's ability to produce melanin I think it increases the risk of photoaging from personal experience. I wish I had never gone near this product. In 2006-7 I had red spots on my face and turned to Meladerm, as I thought they were hyperpigmentation (I was later diagnosed last year with Sebhorric Dermatitis in 2010 which was the actual reason). I am a 33 yr old Caucasian male and at that age I was 26-7. I spent 7 months putting it on my face and now regret it. The red blotches seemed to go away after 4 weeks, but the maker's website had warned that Melderm would increase your skins sensitivity to the sun. The result of this sensitivity (in my opinion) is that since 2010 when I took advice from a friend about getting my tan back (he advised sitting in the sun 2 hours a day without sunblock except wearing it every second day - and to use tanning oil), I ended up by 2011 with extremely leathery, rough skin with forehead wrinkles and fine lines. I have been looking for a solution since. I would strongly advise people to avoid this product. I have had a biopsy and the doctor said while there are a normal number of melanocytes in my forehead epidermis, there is virtually no melanin.
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i have a major problem of dry skin and melasma on face. and i wanted to know weather meladerm does work for such problem, as i have been using so many product to get rid from such problem but still not able to get rid from that problem. i will be very much thankful if your product would effectively work on my skin and i hope it would work.please suggest.

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I am a Chinese living in singapore and I've beenusing meladerm for 2 months n still using it. It brightens my overall face and pimple marks it but cannot treat melasma. It's effective in treating epidermal layer only but not further than that. There's no effective treatment for melasma it seems.
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Hi I m in Singapore and trying to find the cream .Plz suggest me whr cn I find it in sg
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Of course there is effective treatment for malasma, I see it being rid of monthly with different patients, you just have to be willing to get rid of it once and for all and pay the extra cash. You can consider the Dual Fraxel, it's very effective on malasma or the Dermamelan treatment also very excellent on malasma, sun damage and hyperpientation. Or alternatively you can use effective topical creams such as the Obagi Nu Derm system. Ask your dermatologist to recommend the best product or treatment for you.
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Yes it works just fine but you really need to make sure the skin is exfoliated so the cream can get down deep into the skin. I don't know why some people dont get as good result but for me it works great.
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plzz tell me..is meldarem actually work ?...for un-even skin tone...nd i ve oily skin...so,iz it gud for me?...nd where nd how i get this product in pakistan?...Thank u
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is Meldarem actually works?....4 un-even skin tone...and plzz tell me how nd where i get this in pakistan ..
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I too agree
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meladerm is a huge scam. all the so-called "testimonials" are from fake websites set up by this company. you cannot find any legitimate reviews. also, there is a bbb alert for this company. pathetic.
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I agree.
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hi, could you lead us to the BBB warning please? i cannot find it anywhere
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that's true it is not good for dark skin people, Personally i've used that. I ordered 4 bottles from US and used till 3. at the begining very little result came i thought it will increase but it didn't. Then I stopped and sent my pictures to Meladerm Co. They said may be it didn't work for me and suggested dr.

waaak,

I won't suggest people, do not just follow people feedback/comments

Waste of time and waste of money...
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I think meladerm is made only for american or any white people. It will not work on any dark or average people's face. please don't buy if your skin is little bit black. Even though prize is also high. so don't buy otherwise you become more and more black.
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I was using meladerm for my melasma and it made my spots darker too - very disappointed in this product.
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I am searching crazy for any sort of side effect feed back. Last year when I used it, the result was wonderful; very clear skin and lighter even tone. This year however, shockingly it has darkened my skin tone 2 shades. Because I used my left over bottle from last year, I thought that might be the reason and got a new one 2 months back and I guarantee you, my skin got darker and darker. I am so mad and distraught now, not sure what to do. Anybody out there with this experience?
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I am searching crazy for any sort of side effect feed back. Last year when I used it, the result was wonderful; very clear skin and lighter even tone. This year however, shockingly it has darkened my skin tone 2 shades. Because I used my left over bottle from last year, I thought that might be the reason and got a new one 2 months back and I guarantee you, my skin got darker and darker. I am so mad and distraught now, not sure what to do. Anybody out there with this experience?
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I am a light-skin African American. Meladerm did not work for me; it actually made my melasma darker, so I am very disappointed in this product.
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I am Indian and have a dark skin tone on my face from sun damage. I have been using the cream for two months and it has worked to make my skin fairer and more evened to match my body colour. I hope to find this product in the Indian market soon.
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Hi I have used Meladerm on scars on my legs. I have had these scars for nearly 8 years and always hated how they looked. After 2 weeks of using Meladerm I noticed a difference but got real results after a month. I was recommended to use it by a friend who cleared up lots of acne marks and pigmentation on her face. She is Jordanian. I bought my Meladerm from www.meladerm.co.uk. I would recommend it to anyone.
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I was on the fence about it for almost a year and had been trying dozens of different natural treatments for my melasma.
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I am a caucasian male and have been an avid user for the past four months. The purpose was to remove the dark freckling I have on my skin from the sun. These are small brown spots on my arms, face and neck and are not the same as freckles one is born with. I have seen measurable improvement in four months. The spots are lighter. I am only using it on the face to start with and I can tell that the spots are lighter now on my face than they are on areas which have yet to be treated. The first week I noticed some redness and itchyness but I kept with it and now my skin seems to have adjusted. I don't normally write reviews but I felt the need to share my comments since the company was very helpful in dealing with my special requests in regards to shipping.
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I've used Meladerm since setember 2009 to january 2010. I found at the begining few improvement in my skin that too just 5-10% in second and third week but not more than that. I thought it may take time to show improvement in my skin and used till three or four months. I've used all, 4 - 100 - Meladerm Creams. To my surprize I didn't find any improvement in my skin. I'm 28 yrs Old an Indian Origin. However, In short, I found a website and read lots of stories, I don't know whether it is true or I just got trapped through websites. When civiantskincare website displays that it improved the skin of many cutomers then why it didn't effect to me? Money Spent got nothing. Waste of money,Hopes,Time & etc.

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I started using this product on Dec 18 and today is now Jan 17th so almost exactly 1 month ago. I have seen steady improvement on my face (cheesk and temple area) in both evening out skin color and lightening acne scars. I was kind of expecting it to completely clear by now but I think I may need another few weeks to see full results.
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