Previously, the only bleaching agent available for dark spots was hydroquinone, either over-the-counter or prescription strength. Not everybody could use hydroquinones, and in some persons this product turned their dark spots darker! Hydroquinone has been banned in Europe, Japan, Australia, and South Africa because some clinicians believe that its use could potentially mutate normal skin cells into cancerous cells. Enter Lumixyl! Discovered by researchers at Stanford University, Lumixyl is a non-toxic, non-irritating peptide of naturally occurring amino acids that targets discoloration and dark spots on the surface of the skin. Lumixyl is 40% more effective at lightening these dark spots than hydroquinone! Lumixyl brings results with none of the risks of hydroquinone. Study subjects comparing the prescription medication TriLuma ($300/tube- contains irritating Retin A, 4% Hydroquinone, and a skin-thinning steroid) versus Lumixyl ($120/tube, completely safe) showed patients with persistent melasma responded better with the Lumixyl cream. Buy it, try it, love it!