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The Best 9 Skin Lightening Products for Black Skin without Hydroquinone (products below)

Skin lightening trends are very common among the darker skinned communities across the Africa, America and Asia. The statistics have confirmed the fact with up to 70% of darker skinned and black women applying skin lightening products in various parts of the world. Africa alone has approximate 2/3rd of world’s dark-skinned population.


The World Health Organisation recorded that by the late 60’s over 60% of urban women in Africa reported using skin lightener formulas and it was fourth most commonly used product in an average African household. In African countries, there also tends to be a bigger market for unregulated products which cater to the middle class and low-income segments of the country.

Such products lead to harmful side effects and cause allergic reactions from toxic components such as Hydroquinone and other chemicals present in the products. In this article, we will talk about some of the best skin lightening products for black skin without Hydroquinone.

However, before that let’s understand the skin lightening trends among African women so far to highlight the underlying serious concern of using highly chemical based skin lightening products on black skin.

The Trend

Although it is an uncommon practice in America, African-Americans use different varieties of skin bleaching products that are easily available in the market. Unfortunately, in some regions, lighter skin means better job opportunities and lesser prejudice in the white-dominated countries. This is a true scenario for South African countries where even the government was white dominated which lead to the skin lightening practice for many decades.

Due to lack of research in production, manufacturing, and use of sub-standard components to meet the market requirements, the companies have been selling out highly chemical-based skin whitening creams to keep up with the demands of the consumers.

The most commonly used products are skin bleaching and skin lightening creams. Olay, L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Fair & Lovely, and Lotus are some of the international brands that have been made available in the African market. In the US, these brands are off-the-shelf products that are not expensive and thus more easily available to the middle and low-income households.

So, which are the Best 9 Skin Lighteners?

#1 – Zeta White Cream

Zeta White is one of the latecomers to this already saturated market with its 24/7 formula what guarantees to work or they will refund you the purchase!

With its unique 3-in-1 formula, this cream keeps working on your skin 24/7 and we believe this is what is making it one of the most effective natural skin whitening creams out there. Whether it’s skin hyperpigmentation issues or sun damage, Zeta White suits all skin types.

• 100% vegan, natural, not tested on animals and does not contain any harsh chemicals• Unprecedented 100% Money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied with the results.

The product works by decreasing the melanin content of your skin and has three different products in it’s range. 

To read an in-depth review and see some absolutely amazing Zeta White “Before and After” photos, please click on the link below:

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5


#2 – Amaira Skin Lightening Serum

Amaira Natural Lightening Serum has some very potent ingredients in it to be effective enough to be compared with chemical based skin bleaching products. But if you can have all natural product, why take the risk of chemicals?

It’s FREE shipping and great multi-buy offers also make it very affordable for anyone who struggle with dark spots, acne spots, hyperpigmentation or just want their intimate areas look better. 

Our rating: 4.6 out of 5


#3 – Meladerm

The safest bet when it comes to skin lightening creams is definitely one without any of these harsh chemicals that are dermatologically tested on the black skin. A good example of this would be “Meladerm by Civant Skin Care”. This product contains no hydroquinone and has herbal active ingredients such as licorice and mulberry.

The product is engineered to work by evening out the skin tone leading to a brighter complexion altogether. This is achieved by minimizing the appearance of sun damage and hyperpigmentation issues that might have covered up certain areas on the skin.

The process takes around 2-3 months for you to start witnessing the desired results. The skin tones get gradually even and lighter.

Meladerm rating: 4.3 out of 5


#4 – Revitol Skin Brightening Cream

Revitol cream is a herbal based cream that is specifically developed to make dark skin look lighter. The ingredients used in the creams are not just the plant-based but also safe to minimise the pigmentation, freckles, and liver spots

  • Revitol lightening cream provides a great way of lightening the dark appearance of black skin with the regular usage
  • This non-hydroquinone cream contains Arbutin, Shea Butter Lumiskin, and Allantoin which combines to provide you with an excellent skin whitening, moisturising cream.


#5 – Obagi Nu-Derm Clear FX Skin Lightening System

Obagi Nu-Derm Clear FX is another skin whitening product which includes the active ingredients such as Water, Arbutin, Vitamin E & Glycerin. The Nu-Derm System enters underneath the skin and makes changes to the functioning of the skin cells by reducing the high melanocyte production.

  • It is free from hydroquinone and is proven to reduce dark spots and blotchy skin for African and African-American skin.
  • The brand claims that it is more effective and brightening alternative as compared to the hydroquinone based brightening creams.

Thought the cream takes little longer to deliver the results, it works for all skin types and regular use of the cream will provide you gradual lightening effect on your skin


#6 – Whitening Labs Anti Aging Whitening Cream 

This is a product of Whitening Labs. The brand’s greatest selling point is the use of “safest, best quality and most effective ingredients” that lighten your skin and give it a great youthful glow. That said, the cream is said to be 72% organic. The main ingredients include hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, green tea, organic aloe vera, and kojic acid.

The active ingredients lighten the skin by inhibiting melanin production in various stages and also come with added benefits such as boosting collagen production, improving skin healing, and fighting skin damage. Green tea is especially effective in fighting premature ageing.

Going by user reviews, the cream is loved and loathed in equal measure; some customers report great results while others claim to see no improvement. Whitening labs cream is recommended for use day and night and for all skin types.


#7 – SecretKey Snow White Cream  

This is a strong niacinamide-based formulation which moisturizes and lightens your dark skin. The active ingredient, niacinamide, is a vitamin B3 derivative. It’s one of the most beneficial nutrients for your body and whose deficiency can lead to several skin disorders. 

The ingredient helps to treat hyperpigmentation and lighten your skin by interfering with the functions of melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin. Additionally, it increases collagen production and minimizes the signs of sun damage that contribute to ageing. At the right concentration, niacinamide will also help your skin fight against oxidative stress from environmental toxins.

The cream is sold as a 3 in 1 product, which combines the properties of a BB cream, makeup base and skin lightening cream. This Korean brand comes with good reviews among dark-skinned users. There are however complains of the treatment being too heavy on the skin.


#8 – Pink Madison Whitening Cream 

This is a gentle natural cream that is effective at treating dark spots, melasma, and uneven skin tone. The main ingredients in the formulation include liquorice, bearberry, kojic acid and vitamin C, all of which are powerful natural skin lighteners. Others include coenzyme Q10 and hyaluronic acid.

Besides lightening the skin, the ingredients also come with additional benefits. Liquorice helps in regulating oil production making it great for acne-prone skin while vitamin C helps in collagen formation and protection from free radicals. Bearberry, on the other hand, increases skin cell turnover.

The cream is said to be light on the skin with a subtle scent. Like many other natural products, its results are not rapid. When you use it consistently, you should expect results in several weeks. Be sure to use with sunscreen as your skin is bound to get sensitive.


#9 – Protege Luminate Skin Lightening Cream  

Luminate skin lightening cream by Protege comes with a confident offer of 365 days money-back guarantee, no questions asked! The brand promises to lighten hyperpigmentation due to melasma, acne scars, and other discolourations and to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Men and women of all skin types can use Luminate on all parts of the body, including intimate areas.

The cream does this with the help of the powerful blend of arbutin, kojic acid and niacinamide in its formulation. These work naturally by preventing excess melanin production, reversing environmental damage and encouraging the formation of new skin cells to leave your skin lighter, more evenly toned, and youthful.

Besides the actives, no other ingredients have been named but the manufacturers claim that the product is packed with emollients, vitamins and moisturizers. For significant results, you may have to use the cream for up to 3 months.


A little research definitely goes a long way in skin care because once you are aware of what works and what does not, you can make a wise decision in choosing the right product.

Checking the components of your skin lightening cream is very important especially since there is no set standard for ensuring and execution of the ban on toxic chemical components used in skin lightening and whitening products.

Let us know in the comment box if you have used any of the above-mentioned products and what has been your experience so far. We would love to hear from you!

Better safe than sorry is the best policy when it comes to self-care, always!

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