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Topicals

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Faded

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Product Attributes

Alcohol-free

Paraben-free

Silicone-free

Allergen-free

Fragrance-free

Pregnancy-friendly

Non-comedogenic

Eczema-Safe

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18 Reviews

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prettycalm

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| 9 January, 2021

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Topicals **FADED** brightening + clearing gel may be my “Desert Island product”: I’m on my second tube and never want to be without this stuff again. It’s the only product to noticeably lighten my melasma and dark spots left by acne-rosacea without causing irrtation. Almost everyone deals with some sort of hyperpigmentation—caused by overproduction and irregular distribution of melanin—at some point in their lives. Skin’s melanocytes can be triggered to overproduce melanin for a variety of reasons, like sun exposure, breakouts/pimples, cuts, hormonal fluctuations, or eczema and rashes. **FADED** gel is formulated to help *heal* scarred and sun-damaged skin by fading away even your most stubborn marks, scars, and spots—but *gentle* enough for people with hyperpigmentation and erythema (redness) who can’t tolerate more aggressive acids. Since it’s made by two women of color, I implicitly trust Topicals when they promise the formula *never bleaches*. The gentle-yet-effective magic of **FADED** is in the ingredients. Per Topicals, key ingredients are: 1. *TRANEXAMIC ACID* : prevents melanocyte (pigment cell) activation, initiation of melanogenesis (process that creates excess pigment in dark spots), and additional vascular development (pathogenesis of melasma) 2. *AZELAIC ACID* : prevents tyrosine conversion to melanin; scavenges discoloration-causing free radicals in the skin resulting from environmental stress and sun damage 3. *NIACINAMIDE* : interrupts pigment transfer from melanocytes to the upper layers of the skin where discoloration is visible, scavenges free radicals and helps to reverse oxidative damage, anti-inflammatory, refines pores and excess oil 4. *KOJIC ACID* : inhibits melanocyte activation, mildly exfoliates skin  5. *LICORICE ROOT* : boasts powerful antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory, helps to break down deposits of excess pigment in the skin 6. *CENTELLA ASIATICA LEAF EXTRACT* : anti-inflammatory, powerful antioxidant, helps to accelerate wound healing and collagen production 7. *MELATONIN* : interrupts communication between melanocytes and keratinocytes, limits melanocyte stimulation, scavenges free radicals Other noteworthy ingredients include: ALLANTOIN (soothes, protects, and stinulates new tissue growth), ALPHA ARBUTIN (helps fade sun damage and scars left by breakouts), SQUALANE (hydrates, moisturizes, soothes, noncomedogenic), and TURMERIC ROOT (antiinflammatory, soothes, lightly exfoliates). **FADED** is fragrance-free, dye-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. You recieve 1.7fl oz/50mL for $36 USD, which lasts me ~2 months with daily use. If you have melasma or other hyperpigmentation but your skin hasn’t been able to tolerate stronger acids, Topicals **FADED** is a must-try powerhouse (in fabulous retro packaging). **FADED** replaced a prescription product I’d used for years (Finacea/azelaic acid—it’s an ingredient in **FADED** and my skin tolerates this formulation much better) from first use. It’s never caused a flare of eczema/rosacea, and my skintone is the most even it’s been in years; I can’t recommend it enough.... Read more
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It can be hard to get your hands on **FADED**. Topicals is a small brand with in-demand products and limited stock; you may be waitlisted or need to pre-order (which isn’t ideal when you rely on a product for daily use). I think this will change in time, sooner rather than later given all the positive buzz surrounding Topicals’ debut products. Because there are no added fragrances, **FADED** smells pretty funky. Prior to its newer, less-stinky formulation, it had a sulfurous/rotten-egg scent until dry-down. People who ordered the first “drop” weren’t exaggerating about the scent, it wasn’t pleasant. The reformulation/current version doesn’t smell *good*, but it definitely doesn’t have that rotten egg smell anymore. It reminds me of (sorry in advance) raw chicken and seasoned salt. Probably not your grail if you want a pleasant olfactory experience with your skincare, but **FADED** works on my spots so I’m willing to breathe through my mouth til dry-down.... Read more
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skinlovebyd

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| 16 June, 2022

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Here’s my take on the @topicals FADED Serum for Dark Spots and Discolouration ✨ What is it? 🤔 • Hyperpigmentation-safe serum that improves the look of discolouration, post-acne marks and scars. Made for everyone and all skin tones. — vegan, gluten, alcohol, fragrance and cruelty-free — suitable for normal, dry, combo and oily skin Key ingredients ✨ - Tranexamic Acid - Niacinamide - Azelaic Acid - Kojic Acid - Melatonin - Licorice Root • These ingredients visibly brightens the skin tone, minimize discolouration, post acne marks (PIH & PIE), uneven skin tone and also improves skin clarity. My experience: • I absolutely love this serum. From my past experiences, my skin has benefited from these star ingredients separately. Therefore, having all of these in one serum just makes it even more amazing! Texture is lightweight and has a dewy finish. I’m not going to lie, the smell put me off from using it consistently. Once I got used to the scent, I’ve been seeing some promising results. It’s definitely not overnight but after 2 weeks of use (3-4x a week), my stubborn acne-marks have faded tremendously. My skin tone looks a lot more even as well. I’m so excited to see even better results after a full month! 🥺😍... Read more
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the smell can be off putting but if you can get through it, it’s absolutely a HG status!... Read more
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skndontcare

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| 7 April, 2022

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one of my all time favourite products when it comes to dealing with post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or post inflammatory erythema 🤍 • i find people don't talk much about post inflammatory erythema which is something i deal with a lot either when I get acne or irritation ❌ • my acne usually heals with a red mark rather than a dark brown mark, and most products on the market focus on PIH rather than PIE, so it was hard for me to find products that really targeted the redness 🎯 • this product has mostly all the ingredients when it comes to hyperpigmentation and evening out your skin tone, i've been consistently using it for more than 6 months and its really cleared up most of my PIE 🥧 • it has a good balance of hydrating, soothing ingredients that i can use this in my morning and night time routine 🥰 ... Read more
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i think the old formulation had coconut oil but they took it out!... Read more
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whatssarahsaying

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| 26 February, 2021

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I'm not exaggerating when I say this ointment had me hooked from day one. I noticed visible improvement on dark spots within the first night. I had been using several ingredients for Hyperpigmentation, which has led to using several different products. It's been a struggle to find one product that does it all. Ingredients for Hyperpigmentation I'm looking for are a substantial dose of kojic acid, alpha arbutin, azelaic, Tranexamic Acid, Licorice Root, niacinamide. And guess what...Faded has it all, and some! Also included is turmeric, melatonin, squalane, Allantoin, centella, Jojoba, Zinc, and Glutathione. This ointment is a powerhouse. I've used several other products that TRY to do what faded does, but their active percentage don't measure up and their price is double if not triple. 👊Niacinamide: 4% 👊Tranexamic Acid: 3.5% 👊Azelaic Acid: 1% 👊Kojic Acid: 1% The ointment smells like Nair or Sulfur, but that's because they don't add any fragrance. The smell quickly goes away and to hear people complain about it is...meh. bravo to topicals for creating a product that truly heals and protects skin, without adding in any BS, especially that can potentially cause irritation, inflammation or more acne. Now here is a product everyone can use. A little goes a long way and this tube has lasted me forever!... Read more
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(My ONLY complaint is that I'd like to see kojic acid at 2% please @mytopicals 😉)... Read more
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esthicatq

Dry/Resilient

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| 12 March, 2021

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I’ll admit I bought this product on impulse. The honest representation in the advertising was a huge draw for me as well the key ingredients—tranexamic acid and kojic acid—listed in the back. Did it do it’s job at lightening my PIH? It’s hard to say. I gave it a few months and I can’t tell if it was just due to time, my usual habits of exfoliating and moisturizing, or if the key ingredients of really did do their job. The spots I have are considerably lighter, which I’m happy about. I’ve used retinoids for treating the same concerns and have had similar if not better results.... Read more
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The biggest disappointment about this product was the unpleasant smell or lack of odor neutralizing fragrance. It just smelled mildly sulphuric. I couldn’t get over it even with consistent usage. I tended to use this product more on my body than my face due to the smell. The product doesn’t really absorb into the skin well. It stays kind of slick on the surface of my skin even after rubbing it in. Price-wise, it was a little bit on the expensive side to me. Would I repurchase it? Depends on my mood but not likely.... Read more
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KDanielle

Oily/Resilient

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| 27 August, 2021

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This product is GREAT for hyperpigmentation. It has azelaic acid, tranexamic acid and niacinamide which are all great for hyperpigmentation issues. It comes in a 1.7oz tube and a little goes a long way. After a few uses you can immediately see a difference in your stubborn dark marks and evening of your skintone. I would use it 1x a week for a few weeks and then up your usage slowly. It goes on very smoothly and does not leave your face feeling sticky. It has a nice texture as well. It layers well with other serums if you have them in your routine. It did not irritate my skin and I was able to quickly up my usage and spot treat with it nightly. It can be used in your AM and PM routines as long as it is not combined with retinols or AHAs/BHAs to avoid such irritation. It is somewhat pricey but it is worth it since you get so much product for the price of $36 USD. It is also avaliable at Sephora which is helpful if you do not want to order directly from the website.... Read more
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While this product is amazing, it does have an off putting smell. Since it has sulfur in it, it gives off the scent of rotten eggs that quickly disappears after you rub the serum in completely. I would recommend that if you are a person of color, you spot treat with it first, wait until those areas are clear and then apply all over. This product is attracted to melanin therefore it will “fade” all your melanin. It can leave you patchy if you start applying it all over starting off and leave parts of your face lighter whole some are darker. While it is at Sephora, which is helpful, it is sold out often and on their website you can pre order it from directly there.... Read more
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Skinwithluh

Oily/Resilient

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| 6 February, 2022

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This is the best hyperpigmentation product I’ve ever used. It’s very efficient, you can clearly see the results after a few weeks. The combination of actives is very potent and efficient (𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑒𝑥𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑞𝑢𝑒, 𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑎𝑧𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑞𝑢𝑒, 𝑎𝑙𝑝ℎ𝑎 𝑎𝑟𝑏𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑛, 𝑛𝑖𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑑𝑒, 𝑒𝑥𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑡 𝑑𝑒 𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑑𝑒 𝑟𝑒́𝑔𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑒, 𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑎 𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎, 𝑒𝑥𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑡 𝑑𝑒 𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑐𝑢𝑚𝑎.)... Read more
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The smell is awful 🥲... Read more
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dejskinsta

Dry/Resilient

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| 7 November, 2021

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This is my second tube of this. It helped me with my hyperpigmentation but i was impressed to see that it even faded hyperpigmentation from a long long time ago. This is a staple as it combines so many good ingredients: tranexamic acid, kojic acid, azlaic acid, centella asiatica you name it.... Read more
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Hunmm… it has a strange smelle which u’ll get over eventually m. I have ti say tgat they dont deliver in France so im a little pissed off 🤪😠... Read more
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fabulousinflorida

Dry/Resilient

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| 2 November, 2021

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11/11/21 Update: Dark spots continue to “fade”. I’m jumping for joy! My skin is brightening more each week. Yahoo! I want to share my latest obsession: Topicals Faded cream. I got a free trial from Sephora last month and quickly went through it in 2 weeks. In that short period I saw some of my lighter dark spots start to fade! So it was a no-brainer. I was definitely buying a full-size tube of this! Of course I procrastinated and it was sold out! So I had to buy the duo with the Like Butter hydrating overnight mask. But I’m not mad. My dry skin likes it, too! By itself, Faded is $36. The duo is $56. Now Sephora calls Faded a “gel-like serum”. It’s just not. It’s more a lightweight cream. Because I have either dark spots, melasma or post-acne hyperpigmentation pretty much everywhere, I use it as my AM moisturizer under sunscreen. It’s suitable for all skin types and contains Tranexamic Acid and Azelaic Acid, two skincare powerhouses that fight dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It also contains Niacinamide, which plays well with the two above and improves skin texture. I was pleased to also see it also contains Kojic Acid, a pigment inhibitor. Alpha-Arbutin is another ingredient. This natural antioxidant from the bearberry plant is known to reduce melanin formation. Other ingredients: * Licorice Root Extract - Known for skin lightening and soothing. * Allantoin - Known to promote wound and scar healing, soothe sensitivities. * Phytic Acid - Mild AHA used for exfoliation and skin lightening. * Tumeric Root Extract - Loaded with antioxidants, tumeric is an anti-inflammatory known to also lighten the skin and dark spots. * Shea Butter - Because Shea butter contains several types of fatty acids (including lineoleic, oleic, palmitic and stearic) it’s excellent at improving or protecting the skin's natural moisture barrier. These aren’t all the ingredients, but with so many great ones, I couldn’t pass up Faded. I look forward to seeing longterm results.... Read more
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Faded has a slightly unpleasant smell (I’m not even sure what to compare it to) but the results are certainly worth overlooking the mild odor.... Read more
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denise13

Oily/Sensitive

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| 5 May, 2021

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for $50CAD, you get a really sizeable product that lasts a longgg time. it also did wonders on my redness. my newer scars rly did FADE and i’m seeing a difference on my older ones as well :) also, the packaging was so cute! probably the best one i’ve seen.... Read more
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the tube & packaging is super cute, and im inlove with it, but with one squeeze on the wrong spot, you could lose ALOT of product:(... Read more

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