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PCA Skin Pigment Gel HQ Free

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about the product

This formulation contains kojic, azelaic and lactic acids, plus phenylethyl resorcinol to encourage an even skin tone. It is an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin or those allergic to hydroquinone. (Formerly referenced as pHaze 13)

1 fl oz

who it's for
Ideal for all skin types.
key ingredients
Phenylethyl Resorcinol – is an antioxidant derived from resorcinol that promotes and even skin tone.
Azelaic Acid – helps promote a clear complexion and even skin tone.
Kojic Acid - helps promote an even skin tone.
Glutathione – is an endogenous antioxidant that is produced naturally by the body.
how to use it
After cleansing and toning, spot treat with a thin layer and allow to penetrate. Follow with the appropriate PCA SKIN broad spectrum SPF product in the daytime and moisturizer in the evening. It is appropriate for use in the day or night.
full ingredients
Water/Aqua/Eau, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, SD Alcohol 40-B, Butylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Alcohol, Kojic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, BHT, Glutathione, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract.
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Awsome Awsome!
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This stuff is awsome!!! This has worked better than any other product Ive used for my melasma. I have medium tan skin, and ever since I took birth control, melasma on my face has been a problem. The best thing about this product is it is HQ free. I'm in the sun a lot, 3-5 hours a day, and other products with HQ have made me skin worse. Yea, it burns a little when you apply it, but not too bad. I've been using it about 5 weeks now, twice a day, and my melasma has lightened up signifigantly. What seems to happen is the serum, over time (days, weeks) works its way into the dark areas of your skin and bring them to the surface until the dark skin flakes off. I just had a dark flake of skin peel off like 10 minutes ago and underneath is fresh skin. i wish I did a before and after because it is such a difference. I believe in another couple weeks, I will feel comfortable enough to walk around without any face makeup on!
Burning and Itching
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I experienced burning ,itching and redness after using this product for the first time. I called my doctor and he asked me to discontinue this product immediately. Very disappointed . I am returning this product.
Tonya burning and itching
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This is my second day of using this product and it burns and itches. Is this normal? Im not sure if I should continue using it. can someone please help me. I dont want to make my dark spots worse. Thank you for your time. By the way I am African American, not sure if my skine tone makes any difference.
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There are alot of active ingredients in this product. Did you start out using the product everyday or slowly work it into your routine? I would cut down on how often you use the product. Just use it 3 times a week for the first 2 weeks, then work your way up to 5 nights a week.
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I would be very careful when using this product, my reaction was quite bad and it actually ended up darkening the skin in two spots I applied it than brightening it! My advise would be to best a spot first before using it anywhere else. Take your time with such products and don't rush into wanting results overnight!
question on how to use this
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i have been using nucelle for my melasma and it has worked somewhat well but i am looking for more results i like nucelle because i heard mandelic acid is good for dermal melasma but i have also heard koljic acid is good and a friend recommended pca products i like this because its hq free but i was wondering if i can combine this with nucelle or would i have a bad reaction to it is this product really strong?
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I used the other pHaze 13 gel for about three months and had great results. I switched to this one two weeks ago because HQ shouldn't be used for more than 3 months. So far, my spot has gone back to where it was before I started using the HQ gel. Has anyone else used the HQ gel, then switched to this one? I had a similar situation with the HQ gel, where it got a bit darker before it got better, so I'm hoping my skin is just starting over with the new gel.
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Can you use this product all over your face or is just a spot treatment?
FANTASTIC PRODUCT
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I'll keep this brief, but this product truly is amazing. If you are patient, you will see great results. I've been dealing with hyperpigmentation on my face for a few years now, and this product is seriously clearing up those problem areas. Don't forget to use a good sunscreen throughout the day with it. I use the Skinceuticals line, and it's super light, doesn't clog your pores at all. I'm so happy.
Awsome Awsome!
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This stuff is awsome!!! This has worked better than any other product Ive used for my melasma. I have medium tan skin, and ever since I took birth control, melasma on my face has been a problem. The best thing about this product is it is HQ free. I'm in the sun a lot, 3-5 hours a day, and other products with HQ have made me skin worse. Yea, it burns a little when you apply it, but not too bad. I've been using it about 5 weeks now, twice a day, and my melasma has lightened up signifigantly. What seems to happen is the serum, over time (days, weeks) works its way into the dark areas of your skin and bring them to the surface until the dark skin flakes off. I just had a dark flake of skin peel off like 10 minutes ago and underneath is fresh skin. i wish I did a before and after because it is such a difference. I believe in another couple weeks, I will feel comfortable enough to walk around without any face makeup on!
Burning Sensation
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This product was recommende by my esthetician and when I tried it, my skin started burning and turned red, was very sensitive. I was unable to talk with anyone at the company and my esthetician said she doesn't like dealing with the company because they treat people bad.
still waiting for results
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I have been using PCA Skin 13 now for 5 weeks. I bought it because of all the great reviews. So far I am very disappointed. The treated areas started to shed last week but the skin underneath looks just the same, maybe even darker.
Good for maintenance
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I've gone through Cosmelan treatment and saw great results but needed something less traumatic than Cosmelan 2 to keep melasma at bay. This product, combined with the C-Quench seems to work well. Key is to use it consistently and combine a strong vitamin C treatment with it. I'm ordering my third bottle today.
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i used almost 2 bottles over a 6-month period, with no noticeable results so i won't be wasting another $35 on it. i am allergic to hydroquinone, so, i thought this would be my answer, unfortunately it wasn't. even combined with the vitamin C/E, i got no results. i think i will try the A&C serum and hope for the best.
PCA skin Phaze 13
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I have using it for two weeks and my pigmentation is almost gone I cannot believe it. I am totally amazed, this is the first time that something works for me for my dark spot, I have been using the one with Hidroqueno though
Not working yet
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I've been using for melasma (darkness above lip) for 6 weeks every day and it is only getting worse. I'm fair skinned and use sunscreen everyday. So... I'm sticking with it but so far no go.
Good for melasma
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This is a very good product. I have tried countless products for my stubborn melasma, and this is the first one that I have found to work without all of the adverse side effects. My skin did peal at first, but now the pigmentation on my face is much lighter.
Best product ever!!!
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I've been using this product on my melasma(which I got about 4 years ago) for the past 3 weeks and is almost gone.Tried everything before,including a 10% HQ which made it worse and melederm.I'm a nanny and that means I spend most of the time outdoors.My skin is extremely sensitive,but with this product I've got no peeling,burning or darkening and probably because I use it once a day before bed. LOVE IT!!!!!
Esthetician Familiar with PCA Products
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I am a student Esthetician (soon to be licensed) and I would highly recommend PCA products to anyone. The reason your pigmented areas get darker with this serum is because the serum is lifting the melanin to the surface to therefore exfoliate it even more. If your pigmented areas become darker at first this is a sign that the product is working. Do not discontinue if this happens, as the serum will lighten the areas once all of the melanin is brought up to the surface.
Great Product
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I have spent alot of time in the sun which has led to my brown spots. I have been using this product now for 2 years and love it! I have even gotten my husband and mother in law hooked on it - but need to be consistent in its use to really control the dark spots!
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Use the product sparingly. If you use too much on one spot, it will darken the spot more than usual. Have patience. It does work.
burn and iritation
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I have experienced burning and developed a rash the first week. I'm still using it but my dark spots are so far just getting darker. Should I stop using the gel? Has anybody had similar effects?
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Hi, I have experienced burning and sensitivity - even rash-like appearance. However, I kept applying (by dabbing on spot, not smearing) and eventually it will scab and come off. Mind you - I had to do three applications to my facial age spots to remove them. I suppose that the deeper the hyperpigmentation layers in your skin, the more you have to do it. Good luck!
best lightener for AAs
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I must agree with everyone who said this is an excellent product. I got a sample several years ago, and when applied to post-acne spots (I'm African American) it starts to work just within a few days, I kid you not. I searched all over the web to find it, and glad it's still being manufactured. For persons with dark skin tones who don't want to end up looking like MJ, this is the product to get. Plus, one drop goes a long way. It lasts FOREVER!
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Can anyone comment about adverse effects? I hear burning, darkening....has anyone experienced no change? I am a dark complexioned African-American and want to hear from others who've had results, please.
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I'm a black female that experienced major hyperpigmentation after using Retin-A. I spent most of the summer in the house because I was embarrassed by my skin after a severe allergic reation to Retin-A. I had HUGE PIMPLES & dark spots all over my face. In October I stopped using the product prescribe by my Derm (another $400 wasted but I continued to use the 4% fade cream to help witht the spots. Some improvement but not much. (that's how bad they were) January, I went to see an aesthetician and she suggested using Kojic acid. Wow. This is just my first week. It burned like heck but once my skin peeled the spots are CONSIDERABLY lighter and some of them are gone. I'm not kidding. Right now I'm using Murad and as soon as I run out I will definitely purchase the PCA skin care line. I'm just that impressed with the line. Thank you for the quick shipment SKINCARERX. Thank you to all the other users for their reviews. I hope my post helps someone as well.
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I just started using this product last week 2/8/2008 so I can only rate it a 3. I'm curious to see if it burned anyone else's skin during the initial application. It may be my other acne treatment that's causing it to burn combined with this. I'm only using it as a spot treatment for my hyperpigmentation and I noticed that the dark marks have gotten darker. I'm not sure why? Also I noticed dry patches as well. Has anyone else experienced these issues. I'm going to keep using because I know I always have some type of intial irritation with anypoduct that I use. Just curious.
Tonya burning itching and dryness 0
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Are you still using the product? I was wondering if it has gotten any better or if you have seen results yet. I have used this for 3 days now and it burns and now Im peeling. Thank you for your time.
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I just started using this product yesterday. It burned when I first put it on. I dont see any dryness because I am putting the moisturizer on after I let it penetrate into my skin. Let me know how this has turned out for you?

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