Q & A With Debbie A’quino on Hyper Pigmentation & Cliniques Even Better Dark Spot Corrector!

by mehak on April 5, 2012

in clinique, New Launches

Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector Q&A 

Debbie D’Aquino, VP Clinique Product Development Treatment Worldwide


Q. How does Clinique approach addressing hyperpigmentation?

As with all of our skin care products we seek to find a balance between high performance efficacy while taking great care of everyone’s skin. We found that the best approach in treating any skin concern is to work with skin’s own natural processes especially if you are looking to minimize the appearance of discolourations.  Pigmentation concerns have been a leading dermatological issue for decades so Clinique worked with leading dermatologists and researchers all over the world to identify the causes of hyperpigmentation with the objective of finding an effective solution with visible results that skins of all tones can tolerate.Our success came in the form of a multi-prong approach that treats the variety of reasons that can lead to the appearance of uneven skin tone and dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation. From technology that works to inhibit the initial appearance of those dark spots, to utilizing ingredients that break up the appearance of existing dark spots, to utilizing Clinique’s signature exfoliation technology to speed the departure of the darkened surface cells to encourage a more visibly even skin tone.


Q. Is there an increasing number of women who are concerned with hyperpigmentation or only a rising awareness on it?

According to consumer market research, uneven skin stone and dark spots are the new sign of premature aging.  Women of all ages and all ethnicities, all around the world, are opening their eyes to this concern. Why is this happening? You can blame the years we exposed our skin to UV without daily sun protection coupled with the current increase in external assaults and environmental stressors, such as smoke and pollution. Add that to inflammatory responses the skin battles from conditions like acne and the overuse of harsh cosmetic treatments. All this can act as a trigger, telling the skin to release excess and unnecessary melanin that leads to dark spots and discolourations. In fact, even your choice of cleanser can lead to uneven skin tone – so using the right basic care is critical to managing pigmentation issues.  


Q. How does Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector work?  What is the breakthrough?

Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is the first available skin tone and dark spot corrector from a prestige cosmetics brand clinically proven to perform equal to a leading prescription drug ingredient for evening skin tone. It is gentle enough for continued long term use, particularly important for those with sensitive skin who cannot tolerate certain topical drugs. The most exciting aspect is that this product is suitable for everyone – even those of various skin types and ethnicities.


We use a rare botanical extract, originally derived from Dianella Ensifolia (Border Silver), native to China, India, Japan, the Philippines and Florida. This is the first time this extract has been used in a cosmetic product. It is a powerful antioxidant and when coupled with our key components of existing hyperpigmentation technology, gave us the increased efficacy that brings us to the level of a prescription drug ingredient.


Q. What is in the CL-302 complex?

Our patent-pending CL-302 complex is composed of a derivative of Dianella Ensifolia coupled Glucoside, Salicylic Acid, Glucosamine and Blackout Yeast Extract:

Ÿ  An extract originally derived from Dianella Ensifolia (Border Silver), which originates in Southeast Asia, helps reduce and prevent the appearance of uneven, pigmented skin. 

Ÿ  Glucosamine and Salicylic Acid provide exfoliation benefits to help normalize cell turnover and assist the departure of surface pigmented skin cells for renewed clarity and brighter skin.

Ÿ  A potent Vitamin C derivative, Ascorbyl Glucoside helps reduce the appearance of dark spots.

Ÿ  Blackout Yeast Extract provides effective brightening results by breaking up the appearance of large clusters of pigment into smaller particles that are the diffused throughout the skins surface, helping to make the skin appear more even in tone.


Q. What does 302 stand for?

The 302 in Clinique’s CL-302 complex stands for the molecular weight of the active ingredient of Dianella Ensifolia.


Q. What are some of the other star ingredients in the formula?

At Clinique, we never rest on just one ingredient – we use a multi-pronged approach to offer the best results available. Some additional ingredients in the formula to combat uneven skin tone include:  

Ÿ  Trametes Versicolor Extract, a unique mushroom extract concentrate, helps break up the appearance of existing dark spots into smaller particles making them less visible on the skin.

Ÿ  The anti-irritant Glycyrrhetinic Acid helps protect against the visible effects of irritation caused by external stress

Ÿ  Curcuma Longa Turmeric Root Extract is a powerful antioxidant and anti-irritant that helps fend against environmental assaults that can off set excess melanin production.


Q. How long did you work on this product?

Clinique has been researching hyperpigmentation of the skin for 20 years, challenging ourselves and evolving the technology. To take our science to the next level, we benchmarked against what is believed to be the gold standard in treating hyperpigmentation – 4% Hydroquinone which is widely prescribed across the globe. And it was important that we do this without the redness, irritation and usage limitations often associated with 4% Hydroquinone.  This approach led to a partnership with an innovative biotech company resulting in the development of a new raw material (Dianella Ensifolia) that, when coupled with our existing hyperpigmentation technology, is clinically proven to provide prescription level results in evening skin tone.


Q. Do you have any studies on the claims for Dianella Ensifolia?

Yes. In fact the Estée Lauder Companies has submitted a paper on the “Modification of Skin Discoloration by Topical Treatments: the Effect of an Antioxidant” to a dermatological peer reviewed journal for future publication. Multiple members of Clinique and The Estée Lauder Companies Research and Development teams contributed to the paper including Dr. Paolo Giacomoni, Dr. Tom Mammone and Dr. Daniel Yarosh.


Q. How did you measure the results?

Clinique conducted several clinical trials on women of Caucasian, African American, Hispanic and Asian ethnicities to substantiate our product claims and to ensure the product delivers measurable, visible results.  Each participant tested the product over a 12 week period. Photos, biological measurements and clinical assessments were conducted at 4, 8, 12 weeks.  Our head of Clinical Research and Testing oversaw all panelists and used the appropriate instrumentation to determine their improvement in overall skin tone. The results were incredible and comparable to a leading prescription ingredient at all time points. 


Q. Who should use this product? 

If your main skin care concern is uneven skin tone or dark spots (which can be referred to as hyperpigmentation) due to non-hereditary causes such as sun, irritation or scarring, then Even Better Clinical is appropriate for you.


Q. Do you apply the serum all over the face? Will the product only brighten the dark spots or the entire face?

Even Better Clinical should be applied all over the face. If you currently have discolouration in one area of the face, there is a strong likelihood that you will develop discolourations on other areas as well. Prevention is easier than reversal. Using “dark spot” in the product name visually addressing the issue to our clients, but Even Better Clinical definitely evens out skin tone all over while fading the appearance of individual spots with continued use.


Q. Where else can you use it? Can it be applied to the neck, chest and/or hands?

Even Better Clinical can be used on other parts of the body including the neck, chest and hands.  Its primary use is for facial skin, always avoiding the eye area. And please remember that applying a sunscreen product over Even Better Clinical, regardless of what area of the body you use it on is critical to seeing success.


Q. How long until you see results?

With consistent use twice a day, results will be visible within 4 weeks. Our clinical tests revealed between a 42% and 46% improvement in evening skin tone amongst all four ethnicities tested. Other results include immediate improvement in clarity and brightness. Even Better Clinical can be used continuously unlike some prescription ingredients which can cause dryness, irritation and redness.


Q. Will you get better results if you use Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20 with the Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector?

While Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is designed to help treat and prevent the appearance of dark spots and discolourations, these two Even Better products work in tandem. It is important to use the serum morning and night while the moisturizer should be applied each morning for added sun protection.  It is crucial to use a daily sunscreen to protect facial skin as UV exposure is still the number one cause of hyperpigmentation.


Q. Can Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector be used with other Clinique franchise products? Is it possible to combine both products? In which order?

Even Better Clinical was developed specifically to be a serum to allow for its layerability and Clinique feels very comfortable recommending that this product can be partnered with many of our other skin care treatments as needed.


Q. Can you use exfoliating products while using Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector?

Yes. Daily exfoliation is the facial exercise that every skin needs as long as the appropriate level is used. Exfoliation improves the surface appearance and the overall function of the skin.  Studies show that exfoliation normalizes epidermal turnover rate, resulting in a brighter, smoother, more even-toned skin.


Q. Will hyperpigmentation return if you stop using Even Better products?

If you are noticing dark spots now, chances are you will continue to battle this skin concern throughout your years. The reality is, dealing with discolourations on skin is never easy – there are so many things that can impact your skin’s potential to hyperpigment. Of course, working towards not getting dark spots in the first place via protection and prevention skin care is important. But once you notice uneven skin, continual use of Even Better Clinical is imperative. Add a daily sun protection product and you should be able to keep your skin even in tone for many years to come.


Q. What else can women do to avoid future dark spots?

Since UV is still the number one cause of hyperpigmentation, making sure you use an adequate level (nothing less than SPF15) and an adequate amount of sunscreen daily is very important for success.

When possible, also try to avoid environmental stressors such smoke and pollution that can also trigger excess melanin synthesis. Using skin protection products that include antioxidants, such as Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20, is also a great help. In addition, using a daily skin care regimen that is appropriate for your skin type will help reduce daily skin irritation and keep skin happy and healthy.


Q. Does Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector make the skin more sensitive to UV rays?

No. Even Better Clinical will not make skin more sun sensitive like some prescription competitors can. However, it is important to apply an SPF daily. UV is a main cause of dark spots and discolourations.


Q. Is Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector a whitening product that permanently affect the skin?

Even Better Clinical will not alter the skin away from your natural skin colouring. Clinique does not use bleaching agents or any other ingredients that change the genetics of the skin. We always look for effective ways of treating skin in the kindness manner possible. Our products go through a long list of safety testing requirements to assure our clients of their gentleness.


Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector Now In 50 Ml


The Power to Even Skin Tone

With Results Equal to a Leading Prescription Ingredient

Introducing the Damage Eraser – Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector


For the first time, a prestige cosmetics brand offers prescription strength effectiveness for evening skin tone in a skin care product. Introducing Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector… This new treatment serum effectively helps fade the appearance of dark spots, age spots and discolourations due to aging, years of accumulated sun damage, environmental assaults, and past acne scarring, to reveal a more uniformly radiant complexion. Clinical tests have proven the performance of Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector to be comparable to a leading prescription ingredient at 4, 8 and 12 weeks for evening skin tone. A verified: 53% improvement in skin tone after using Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector for 12 weeks.

 To read about  Cliniques Even Better Dark Spot Corrector in detail click  here

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Belle April 6, 2012 at 12:37 am

Ive read a lot abt this already in the blogs..and all are +ve about them..
but Im not okay with the price.. ya know..
n ya..new one here.. :)


Manya April 6, 2012 at 12:41 am

Ohhh woww, I would love to get this for my freckles! I got those ugly spots few years back and now I am trying soo hard to lighten them!


Sweet&Biter April 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

such a looooooooooooooooong post

and luckily i could skip for now :D


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