There's no doubt.
Age spot cream will lighten age spots, and freckles, too. For many Asian and African cultures, it's even more than that, it's a way to lighten overall skin tone, and it's proven effective.
However, often a popular age spot cream is a bleach that irritates skin. One such skin bleach, hydroquinone, has been banned in Europe, Australia and Japan, due to serious health concerns.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a ban on this ingredient in August of 2006. Years later, the FDA hasn't acted further (molasses-slow is normal speed for the FDA). So hydraquinone is is still used in hundreds of skin lightening creams.
Not in the one I use. I steer clear of any skin care product with safety questions around it.
Even without the safety concern, any bleach tends to irritate the skin. The ideal cream would do more than lighten those "liver spots" as some people call them.
It should also nourish the skin, in my opinion. And that's the kind of skin care product I look for.
So that's why I use a whitening product that doesn't irritate my skin, like most whitening products, but actually reduces irritation and enhances my skin.
The active ingredient is called Extrapone Nutgrass Root, a natural extract of a plant common in India.
The color in age spots is caused by melanin. This is the skin pigment that makes a freckle or age spot brown; the more melanin it contains, the darker the skin. Extrapone nutgrass has been shown in clinical trials to reduce melanin by more than 40 percent -- with no side effects whatever, unless you count healthier skin as a side effect.
My age spots are fading and my skin has a plumpness and glow that it hasn't had for years.
See more on my website about this ingredient and others in my favorite age spot cream.