This is a review of Scarguard Labs Lightening Serum, a product that has been formulated as a rapidly absorbed gel to lighten the appearance of dark brown scars and other skin discolorations. It should not be used for any other type of scar.
It utilizes a proprietary blend of skin lighteners, including – as the main active ingredient – the controversial substance, hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is effectively a skin bleach, and as such, it has been proven to lighten dark scars. In other words, if you have a dark brown scar, it will probably work to lighten the appearance of the scar.
While hydroquinone has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a skin lightener, the product must still be used with caution.
Retinoic Acid, Melatonin, MSM, BHT, NA Metabisulfite, Arbutin, Cystamine Licorice Root, Dandelion (Taraxacum Offiinate) Root, Hydroxyanisole, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Hydroxypropyl Cellulose, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Acetone, Propylene Glycol, Ethyl Alcohol (SDA), Distilled Water.
Hydroquinone, the main active ingredient in Scarguard Labs Lightening Serum, has a controversial history. There is no question that it is an effective skin-lightening agent – it works by actively beaching the skin. Although it was declared safe for use by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1982, question marks about some of the products that used hydroquinone led to many retailers pulling these products from their shelves. It was subsequently found that many of these products were laced with mercury. Since then, the FDA has confirmed that hydroquinone can be sold without a prescription in 2% concentrations. Nevertheless, concerns about the safety of hydroquinone persist in some quarters.
The rest of the ingredients in Scarguard Lightening Serum are a combination of dermatological and homeopathic ingredients that are said to work together to lighten dark brown scars and other skin discolorations.
Brush a small amount of the product into the affected area twice daily and rub it in.
You can purchase it directly from the manufacturer for $34.99. It is also available from other online retailers so shop around for the best price.
If you are dissatisfied with the product and wish to return it to the manufacturer, you can do so within 90 days and obtain a full refund. However, if you purchased it from another online retailer, Scarguard Labs will not refund your money – you will have to approach the retailer if this is possible in terms of their refunds policy.
Scargard Labs Lightening Serum Review – Conclusion
Hydroquinone, the active ingredient in Scarguard Labs’ Lightening Serum has been clinically proven to lighten dark skin discoloration, including dark brown scars. It is also said to be good to lighten under-eye circles, age spots, liver spots, freckles or melasma.
However, we would not recommend using this product on your face as if the area on which you have applied it is exposed to sunlight, it could result in the darkening occurring. The manufacturer warns that once you have rubbed it in, you must cover the area with a strong sunscreen or protective clothing to prevent darkening from reoccurring or worsening. Other products that utilize hydroquinone recommend that it be used only at night, and washed off in the morning. However, Scarguard Labs’ recommended dosage is for the gel to be applied twice a day.