Ingredients of the Month: Hydroquinone and Exfoliants


Used by dermatologists to safely even skin tone by fading hyperpigmented areas, hydroquinone is the only FDA approved skin lightening ingredient and is unmatched in its clinically proven ability to lighten discoloration. While it’s available by prescription at a four percent concentration, the over-the-counter- approved two percent formulas are equally effective over time—and without the sensitivity side effects some people experience at a higher concentration. But be sure to use a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin all year round, or your efforts will be in vain.

You can find hydroquinone in Rodan + Fields® REVERSE Skin Lightening Toner and REVERSE Skin Lightening Treatment.



The term “exfoliate” literally means to remove layers. In skin care, exfoliation is a key component of undoing summer damage.  By removing layers of damaged, dull, dead skin cells, you can instantly improve the tone and texture of your skin and enhance the effectiveness of your other skincare products. Look for products that contain chemical exfoliants such as hydroxy acid or physical exfoliants like polyethylene beads, dimethicone beads, and sugar and salt for best results.

You’ll find both hydroxy acids and polyethylene beads in Rodan + Fields REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash.

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