Good, but prefer HQ Free version
Posted 6/16/2016 by Deb
This does help with fading pigmentation. It takes a long time though and can temporarily stain your skin an orange color if you're fair.
Posted 5/22/2016 by Dawn
Been using for a couple weeks. Seems to be lightening my skin quite a bit. I will say that the description of "gentle" burning may be a bit of an understatement..... It burns quite a bit for me! But it's working so that's all I want!
Posted 10/16/2015 by Essy
This product is fantastic. I have sensitive, acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation and this product has cleared up the blemishes and has kept the acne at bay.
Posted 8/29/2015 by Meredith
I love this product! I developed melasma on my cheeks and some freckles from sun exposure on my nose. This gel got rid of them in a few months.
PCA Pigment Gel
Posted 6/19/2015 by Myahlc
This is the only product I know that really takes the dark spots away. It is magic in a bottle. I highly recommend this product!!
Posted 5/16/2015 by Eva
I've tried other lightening products but never saw results. Could be because I'm not consistent in use. THIS product, however, works in spite of my haphazard use. At 60, my hands are developing more brown spots & this is definitely helping diminish them. It seems to dry out the skin, but I've learned to let it completely dry after application, then put a little moisturizer over it.
PCA pigment gel
Posted 4/2/2015 by Donna
It product is great for lightening brown marks on the skin. It really helps.
Posted 3/23/2015 by LMS
I use this product recommended for a dermatologist and the product was fabulous the skin goes clear and look more healthy. I love this product. He recommended me to use this product and use Clinician Complex Total Sun protection. I use both products and the result was great!!!
Seeing progress already after two weeks
Posted 3/6/2015 by kristen
I have some scarring on my cheeks from cystic acne, and this product really has helped to smooth and clear any dark spots left behind. I use this twice daily (morning and night) and I am noticing a difference for sure! I like that it absorbs into my skin quickly and doesn't leave my skin sticky!
Just use it few times
Posted 1/4/2015 by lolita
I've just start using the gel and I am happy of how it feels on my face. I will update for the result after a week. I love the smell and I will recommend the product, but I love using PCA products.
Posted 9/6/2013 by Jessica
So far, so good. I'm happy with this product. It took about 2 weeks to really see a significant difference. The skin did get darker, which I was told would happen. Then it started to peel and flake off. It's not entirely gone, but much lighter. I intend on using up the product and then assessing whether I'll buy it again. I didn't use it for a few days and it started to come back a little. You definitely have to be religious with it. I intend on buy the moisturizer that has TruTone in it to help combat more darkness coming. All in all..... if you are insecure about dark spots, buy it. It's worth the price.
Does what my dermatologist couldn't
Posted 6/27/2011 by Son
I paid thousands of dollars for laser treatments where my sun spots cleared, but just came back again. This product has really lightened by spots and has been keeping them unnoticable. I hope the hydroquinone is safe though...but even if it it is a little dangerous, I would still use it because it has brought my confidence back to me when I face others. I put on a thin layer on my spots in the morning and evening everyday and use sunblock daily. I wish I was more careful with my sun exposure when I was younger.
Posted 12/15/2010 by li
It can be irritative sometimes so i used less each time. Now my dark spot is less obvious.
I have found my lost treasure
Posted 11/19/2010 by Ahmed
My dermatologist offered me this product in the early nineties when I was in college, and I can't even count the number of compliments I got from my colleagues, both male and female. Unfortunately, when my dermatologist passed away, I never got the name of the maker of this product. While cleaning my basement this passed summer, I FOUND THE LITERATURE ON THIS PRODUCT AND LOOKED IT UP ON THE INTERNET!!! I ordered the product and it worked just as magical as it did years ago. This is a wonderful product. Now if you really want to see super results, take a really warm or hot bath for 1 to 2 hours a day and then put the serum on your face. After about 5 days, your dead skin will literally peel off while you are in the bath tub. TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!
turning cooked shrimp
Posted 8/24/2010 by Anonymous
i am turning cooked shrimp...i put it on the dark spot under my right eye, its been two weeks or so, the spot has turn red and started peeling. hope it will pay off soon
Miracle in a jar!
Posted 8/12/2010 by Laura
This stuff is awesome! i have had peels done and this is even better. The dark spots around my chin and lips are almost gone and I have only used it for a week. The results are better than the peels and much cheaper. You will peel and look like a lobster for a bit but it's worth the results.Exteremely happy that I found this product.
Very good product, one concern
Posted 8/7/2010 by Georgina
I have been using this product for about a month. It has been effective at lightening my skin (I have discoloration on my face and neck). It works well on my face but is less effective on my neck/chest. It has lightened my neck and chest just not enough for what I want. I would still recommend it though because it does help. I have one concern though and hope someone might be able to help me. I am concerned with using a product for more than a month that has hydroquinone in it. I have read that there are health concerns with using products with hydroquinone long term. Has anyone else heard this?
LOVE this Stuff!!
Posted 7/20/2010 by Jessica
I was really hoping I would be able to write an awesome review for this PCA pigment gel and have the same fast results as nearly everyone else has...And now I totally can!! I have been using this for ONE week along with M2 lotion and already my skin looks amazing. Really, I should say my skin looks 'normal' since I have severe cystic acne and mass amounts of inflammation and scarring because of it, but now instead of wanting to go out with a bag on my head I can wear touches of concealer and a light dusting of mineral powder. In one week! I am amazed. I will update my review once I have been using this a while longer.
Posted 5/31/2010 by Beverly
Best I have ever used. I have bought several different kinds from the drugstore, all claiming great results. None touched the brown spot on my cheek, even after weeks of faithfully applying. PCA Skin Pigment Gel produced results in just a couple of days. Love this product.
Posted 5/22/2010 by Jay Daniel
I tried a lot of lightening serums and this one is by far the best one!First week was kinda bad because it did sting and was really uncomfortable on my skin.I decided to continue regardless.A month and a half later the results are amazing! Really worth the price NO DOUBT AT ALL! Try out the lightening bar and hydrators by PCA!They are also 5 star products!
Posted 5/17/2010 by Anonymous
Do not use this product while pregnant or lactating....while pca has wonderful products that work one of the ingredients in this product is hydroquinone which is what reduces the pigment in the skin and should not be used until after you are done lactating.
Finally, melasma fading!
Posted 5/7/2010 by Anonymous
Bought this in hopes of avoiding costly laser treatments to fade ugly nickle sized brown patches on fair skin. I am very happy with the results. Must be patient and consistently apply twice daily. It took about three days for the first layer to peel off revealing slightly lighter skin beneath. With repeated use over the past month these spots are are more than 50% lighter. I just bought the c-quench to enhance the effects but too early to comment on. I just hope that I can stay ahead of the effects of the sun.
Posted 4/25/2010 by Anonymous
This burnt my skin, my skin is now very irritated and I'm breaking out where I applied the gel. Is this normal????
Wow, my spot considerably faded!
Posted 4/18/2010 by Julia
This morning, my ugly gigantic brown spot that turned scaly and shiny after religiously using this pigment gel 2x/day, got peeled away! Now the spot is 50% gone! You have no idea how LONG the ugly spot was there. I use this along with C-Quench. One should definitely use it ONY on affected area.I totally recommend~
The only thing I found useful and not a waste of money
Posted 4/14/2010 by Anonymous
I'm using this product along with Brightening Therapy for about 2 years and I love it... The only thing that I really found to be useful... If you apply pigment gel and then brightening therapy and leave it overnight... it peels your skin off making dark spots disappear after several weeks... but when applying one must be careful... and don't touch your skin when it's peeling off...just apply sun protector...
Posted 4/5/2010 by Anonymous
I have has sun spots on the side of my face for years. I thought only a very expensive laster treatment would be the answer. I tried this instead. I cannot believe that they are almost gone!
Posted 3/27/2010 by Anonymous
I have been using this product for two months, it does get worse before better. I was quite tan, so it also left some white spots as well as removing the dark spots. I love it, I am addicted. I was seriously thinking the only option was laser resurfacing at five thousand dollars. This is the answer.
Helped reduce my dark spots
Posted 2/25/2010 by Belinda
I started with the HQ Free which helped a lot in the beginning for the first month. My brown patches started to peel and flake away. My skin improved, but not to the point I would like. After a month or so, it seemed to stop. So I bought this one with the HQ. It helped my dark spots from coming back, and improved my skin a little more. I am now trying it with the Serum-C to see if it will help more.
This product works
Posted 1/4/2010 by sm
This product really works. I have tried other products but this one gave me the best results so far. Been using for about 2 months, and my skin is much clearer, and the dark spots have faded. I am not sure if continued use makes any improvements or just keeps as is.
Posted 11/5/2009 by Candy
I bought this product a while ago, within the first 2 nights my sun spots aready started peeling off so I was very please. I had to stop using it as I had a party to attend to it did however only take 2 days to clear up so I was happy not having flaky skin. I now started useing it again but this time round my it has burned my face :( I will try apply it once a day instead of two. It seems my skin is struggling to peel the dead skin off this time round. I do not notice that the brown spots are getting lighter. Not all hope is lost I shall keep trying. I do believe however that this does work and one needs to give the skin a break and allow for the peeling process to take place. after a break start again..
Posted 10/31/2009 by KWP
I had started getting dark pigmentation on my upper lip that was forcing me to wear makeup, even if I didn't want to. This stuff was recommended by a friend and it worked perfectly. The pigmentation is nearly gone after a couple of months of use. Be patient--it works. My skin is not sensitive, so it didn't bother me, but if your skin is, test it first.
What about hands?
Posted 10/26/2009 by Anonymous
This product sounds wonderful. Has anyone tried it on age spots on their hands?
Really works! But 'test' it first.
Posted 9/11/2009 by Kitty
WOW! I can see why this is a bestseller. I've been using it for 5 days and already see noticeable results. I've been using other PCA products for almost a year now and my skin looks SO much better. Just needed something to fade the acne scars I've had for years. There is a bit of a stinging sensation at first, nothing too bad. Also, my skin felt kind of itchy after the first few applications. Expect a a bit of peeling, but if you exfoliate, you'll have smoother, clearer skin underneath and the peeling will subside after a while. I would 'test' a patch of skin and only use once a day or every other day at first. LOVE this product and wish I'd tried it sooner!
Posted 9/8/2009 by Tasha R.
I have been using PCA Skin Pigment Gel for a couple months now and have incredible results. I have melasma on my cheeks and it has lightened the splotches to about 20% of what they used to be. I will keep using it until that last 20% goes away!
Posted 8/31/2009 by Susan
After 2 Cosmelan treatments at $800 a pop followed by buying Cosmelan 2 twice at $150 ea. countless derm appoints for acid peels, Hydroquinone and a medication called tri-something, nothing really worked for long or for more than 30% lightening of melasma. For $4000. After 4 wks of PCA pigment gel 2x a day, I have 75% lightening! For $40. Obviously the amount of money spent doesn't matter that much to me, but the amount vs. effectiveness ratio does. Warning: melasma gets worse before it gets better with redness dryness, darkening, flaking and peeling. But these effects are less than what you get after an acid peel.
Did nothing for me
Posted 8/13/2009 by Esther
based off from the positive 4star reviews, I bought this product and used until the jar is empty. But this product did nothing for me.
Amazing and a Blessing!
Posted 8/9/2009 by Royalty
I must say that I was depressed whenever I would look at myself in the mirror because I had a big dark patch on my upper lip that was very noticeable and unattractive! I use to dread going out in public, especially in stores with bright lighting because I felt as if everyone noticed my dark spot (on my upper lip). I finally went to a dermatologist and was prescribed the PCA gel! Oh my God, what a difference it has made. My spot is now gone!! This stuff truly is amazing and a blessing and I highly recommend it to anyone who suffers from hyperpigmentation! Great and wonderful investment! TRY IT ! You won't regret it!!!!!! Some minor discomfort, but well worth it!
Posted 7/15/2009 by Anonymous
I've been using this along with the M2 HP Skin Refinish, and I am very happy with the results. I've struggled with melasma for years, and this is the first thing that I've tried in a long time that really seems to work. It does cause a bit of peeling, but nothing severe. I'm really happy with this product, and for the price, you can't beat it.
Posted 6/11/2009 by Anonymous
After using this product for two weeks, I have seen noticeable improvement in tone of my skin. The cost is affordable compared to the $150 cream my dermatologist prescribed me. This is just as effective.
Posted 5/30/2009 by Anonymous
i have been using this product for a month now can see a difference in my skin. The
worked for me!
Posted 2/9/2009 by k
I have never written a review before, for anything. (I am more of a private person.) But I loved this product so much, that I wanted to tell everyone else looking for something that will lighten the dark patches of skin, how well these products worked for me. What are those spots called? Age spots? Sun Spots? Liver spots? I am 36 and I started noticing dark patches of skin on my face. I didn't even know what to call them. They're not as dark as a freckle, but without makeup (which is how I usually am), they were noticeable. I took a chance with PCA pHaze 13 Pigment Bar and PCA Pigment Gel, and after having added these two products into my twice daily face cleansing ritual, I am happy to say that the spots (whatever they are called) are pretty much gone. My advice: take before and after pictures. The only downside to this product is that it doesn't smell very good. It's kind of medicine smelling. That's the only reason it got 4 stars instead of 5.
Posted 2/7/2009 by Wendy
I love this stuff. I have been on everything from obaji, which did the trick, but then my melasma came back even worse, and I never stopped peeling. Then a prescription from my doc for 8% hydroquinone and retin-A, which made no difference at all. It's been about 3 weeks now. I am using the retin-A one night and then M2 refinish one night, with the PCA gel every morning and night. I just ordered Revale skincare. I was told it will help with overall skin fitness. I'll keep you posted.
Does the Job
Posted 1/24/2009 by Molly
This product worked for me. It may irritate your skin so you may need a day or two off per week. So far it has significantly faded my age spots on my face. Take a picture and compare because the process takes at least 3 weeks.
It Really Works!!!
Posted 1/12/2009 by Fiva Ariano
I have bought this serum many times over. It is really good and makes my age spots lighter and lighter. I use it in conjunction with the Nu Derm by Obagi and it gives me an extra boost. I hihgly recommend it.
Posted 11/6/2008 by Anonymous
I have acne scarring on my face, neck and chest. I am starting my 4th week with the PCA Pigment Gel, PCA Pigment Bar and the PCA A&C Serum. The scarring on my face has almost completely cleared. My neck and chest will probably need an additional month to see the same results that I have had with my face. I have received several comments on how bright my skin looks because of it's smoothness, and healed scarring. I don't go out without makeup very often yet but I am sure by this time next month I will be able to. Though this product is expensive for my budget, next week I will order another bottle of the pigment gel.
I'm very happy with the results so far!
Posted 10/20/2008 by Susan
I have been using this product for just over a week, and already I have seen dramatic results. It does get worse before it gets better. I put it on my dark sun spots and it zaps them. It is almost like a mini peel. A spot on my jawbone in particular became darker and scaly after use, but then when that skin flaked off, new spot free skin was revealed. Amazing. It does burn a little right after application, but fairly minor. If I had sensitive skin, I would be careful. FYI, I am blue eyed caucasion with light olive skin, slightly oily.
Gets worse before getting better
Posted 9/28/2008 by Nicole
I have darkish age spots and have tried other products, including fade creams and prescription ointments like Retin-A. Nothing has worked until this product, which makes your skin scaly, even darkens it, before exfoliating off into new and unblemished skin. I was so delighted with not only the results, but that other comments in these reviews were accurate! I only used the product for 2 weeks before seeing dramatic results, using as directed twice a day and covering with sunscreen. Highly recommended as an inexpensive method to fade away those age spots.
Posted 9/20/2008 by Maria
I have only had this product for 2 nights and I already see a very significant difference in my skin. The first night that I used it I had some acne, the next morning that was almost completely gone and my dark spot also looked a lot lighter, after one night. The next night I used it when I woke up the acne was completely gone and the dark spots on my face (around mouth, on my forehead, and my freckles) were even lighter. I can't wait to see my skin in a week or even a month. This product is truly amazing. I wish I had gotten it a long time ago. I don't usually do these reviews either so for me to do one I really have to be impressed. Great product, a must try.
I love this product
Posted 9/19/2008 by Anonymous
I have been using this product for years and have been so happy with it. I have an olive complexion and looked like I had a dark line above my lip (not a good look). Using this product got rid of the line. I have been so amazed!
my mask is fading!
Posted 8/21/2008 by JW
I have hyperpigmentation around my eyes from oral birth control. The pigment made me look tired all the time since there were dark lines under my eyes. I'ved used the product twice a day (morning and night) for 3 weeks, and I can barely see the pigment now. My skin gets dry around the application area and peeled once, but I'm so happy the mask is finally fading!
Posted 8/14/2008 by Anonymous
I read the reviews before buying this and, like many others, I was spending hundreds of $/month at a dermatologist. I was skeptical but figured what could I lose. In a nutshell, this stuff is amazing. One month has seen more results than my Dr. has gotten in a year!
Posted 8/11/2008 by Anonymous
For some reason I developed a dark patch (melasma?) on my upper lip recently (not pregnant, have been on the Pill for years, have been going out in the sun for years, etc), so not sure what brought it on, maybe age... But it looked like I had a moustache and it made me extremely self-conscious. Was eager to try something that was not really expensive in case it didn't work. Read all the reviews here and decided to give it a try. It does sting your skin a bit when you put it on, but to me this is proof that something must be working! I used it 2x a day for a week and the dark patch was gone! I found that it did dry my skin in that area, so I use a moisturizer, and I only use the product now once a day. You do need to use a sunscreen on top of it as the other people suggest though (I wear an SPF 30). But I am very satisfied with this product, and glad I didn't have to spend a fortune! I still go out in the sun and as long as I wear the sunscreen it doesn't seem to be coming back either! YAY!
Something that works!
Posted 8/3/2008 by sharla
This stuff does work. I have had 2 babies in the last 3 years and it left me with lovely brown patches all over my face. This gel in combination with the phaze 16 has really lightened the area!
Best thing ever!!!
Posted 5/22/2008 by Blanca
I had melasma on my upper lip (most of it on the left side) when I got pregnant, and it got worse when I had my baby, I tried everything people will recommend to me (Bio Oil, Porcelana, etc)the only thing that worked was the Bella B lightner lotion, but it took forever and once I was in the sun (with protection) the spot came back again. After reading these reviews I went ahead and ordered and I couldn't be more happy!!! my melasma is gone and I only used this product for 4 days!!! it did burned and it did peeled, but I was all for it, I rather be in pain and have my face red for a couple of days that live with my fake mustache forever =)
Love this product!
Posted 5/21/2008 by Cindy
I had a facial peel 4 years ago, and my dermatologist suggested continued use of this product to keep any hyperpigmentation from reoccuring, and it has worked. I use the pigment gel along with the SPF25 skin cream and am very pleased. Thank you
IT DID WORK FOR ME (SERIOUSLY!)
Posted 5/18/2008 by K
I'm sorry to hear that some people didn't see any positive result, but for me IT DID WORK. I didn't see anything different during the first few weeks, but right after the 4th week I, all of a sudden, noticed that my age spots were fading. I'm happy! FYI: I'm also using PCA Skin's C-Strength 15% (with 5% vitamin e) and my skin type is dry to normal.
So happy I found this
Posted 5/8/2008 by Anonymous
I have been using this product above my lip for years. My dermatologist recommended it and it works! I am so happy that she did. The dark skin above my lip is gone (now it matches my the rest of my face). This product is great!
Posted 4/28/2008 by Kerry
For the past month I've been using this serum along with the Pigment Bar, Nutrient Toner, C-Strength 15% and Silkcoat Balm and the results I've experienced are very promising. I'm experiencing noticable melasma fading and an overall brightening of my skin tone. This serum does sting a bit when applied but it fades away after a few minutes. Expect some initial skin redness and sensitivity until your skin gets used to it.
Posted 4/11/2008 by Nella
I had hyperpigmentation on my forehead and chin, due to which my forehead and chin had a dark mask like texture. I have been using this product for a month now. My forehead and chin is so much lighter and my entire skin tone is even now. This product is amazing!!
Posted 3/31/2008 by KD San Diego
I have melasma on my upper lip which at one point looked like a mustache . I had to use tons of makeup to cover it up, which sometimes made it look worse. I've been using this product for a week and have already seen a huge difference. I don't have to wear a thick layer of foundation and powder on my upper lip anymore. Just make sure you wear tons of sunscreen!
Posted 3/25/2008 by Anonymous
Because of constant sun exposure I have sun spots all over my face. I love this this product. It stung my skin on the first week and I got some major peeling. But once my skin peeled I saw great results. The brown spots are getting lighter and lighter. I've tried other porducts with hidroquinone but nothing compares to this one. It's the best ever!
It's going away at last!
Posted 3/8/2008 by Kentucky Julie
I started using this product based on the reviews that I read on this site. Within three days of using this product I noticed a big change. In addition to the pigment change, that even my husband noticed, my skin was tighter and very smooth. I did experience a little burning in the first few days of use, but nothing compared to the laser treatment that I tried for the same problem. I am odering more for others to try!
Works better on mom
Posted 3/7/2008 by Anonymous
I purchased this in early 2007 for myself to treat upper lip and eyebrow melasma which developed after birth control usage. Dark spots lightened moderatley. The real results came to my mother( who lives in the virgin islands). I send her the remainder of my bottle. She has had all over dark pigmentation, (where she used derma blend to cover up)for many years(since the 80's). ( I will not bore you with all her attempts to minimize the dark spots). Well she started the second week of january, 2008 and when i went home to visit( mid february), i encountered a new mom! her face has cleared at least 70%. She has cut down drastically on using dermablend, and is covering up with powder mineral foundation. Mom is a new woman.
Posted 1/10/2008 by Anonymous
I started developing melasma on my upper lip soon after starting birth control pills (about 9 months ago). I purchased this product based on the high ratings, but was skeptical as to if/how it would work. I noticed results almost immediately! I used the product as directed for only a week before the dark spots were almost completely gone!!! I will say that it burns like crazy, but the results are definitely worth the short-term discomfort. I highly recommend this product to anyone who has developed melasma from birth control or pregnancy.
Posted 1/2/2008 by JMSC, Texas
Im a hispanic with alot of freckles and uneven skin. I started using this product for about 2 full weeks and I started peeling alot on about the 8th day, but kept using it. My face started tingling when I cleansed it, but not too bothersome. What I didn't expect was really tight skin! OK by me since I was starting to feel a little aging skin at 40. But I do feel like my skin needs a stronger moisturizer. I guess it's the new skin being exposed. I have noticed the fading and my co-workers told me my skin looks glowing. I'm feel confident in this product & the price has been the best I've found on the net.
This does work on acne scars
Posted 1/1/2008 by Liz
This is a great product. I am a black woman who has dealt with acne scars my whole life of 33. I have had facials,mirodermabrassions, and skin peels through all of that PHAZE 13 pigment gel with HQ is the best treatment I could have every came across. Along with using the Phaze 13, I use Phaze 23 A & C Serum, and Phaze 6 Collagen Hydrator, the combination is the best for me. I wish I could show you before and after pictures. I have never believed those type of pictures, but I am a believer now. My skin has never been as clear and glowing as it is now, this is due to the PCA products.
PCA Skin Pigment Gel
Posted 12/24/2007 by Stacey
I love this product! I had light freckles that disappeared after about a month and an age spot that is almost gone now.
So far so good
Posted 12/20/2007 by Margie
I am a hispanic woman with dark olive skin and plenty of pigmentation spots left over from acne. I ordered this product a month ago and I must say that so far my hyperpigmentation spots have become lighter. I only gave it 4 stars because I have not used for a long time (I've been using it religiously for 3 wks, twice a day), but I am so grateful for what it has done for me so far. There's a bit of flaking the first week or two but it was not bad for me. I only use it on the spots. Please remember not all products work the same way on every person. I ordered this same product without the HQ a year ago and it didn't do much, and I was hesistant to order this one.
FINALLY A PRODUCT THAT WORKS!
Posted 12/12/2007 by Valerie
I have tried numerous products and spent hundreds of dollars on trying to find a product that truly works. Finally I found Phaze 13 and it works wonders. It has worked so well that even my Mom has started using it. She loves it as much as me! I will always buy this product!