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Meladerm Reviews: An effective way to lighten and clear up skin?

We explore Meladerm to find out if it really works to correct problems such as hyperpigmentation and scarring

Last Updated: May 17, 2021

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It’s never fun to be reminded of how fragile the ecosystem of our skin can be. All sorts of things can happen to it throughout the course of our lives – scars and sunburns and acne, and that’s just if you’re lucky. For a lot of people, marks on their skin can be a huge source of anxiety and can lead to lower self-esteem and body dysphoria. Studies show that acne can have a devastating effect on people’s emotional landscapes, although very few of the people who suffer from it seek medical help or consult a dermatologist.

Meladerm is a product that touts its effectiveness in clearing up unevenness in skin tone and correcting hyperpigmentation safely and effectively without damaging your skin. Does it work well? Below, we explore whether or not Meladerm actually accomplishes what it claims.

Review Summary


  • Lightens and brightens skin
  • Effective for melasma, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, age spots, and more
  • Doesn’t contain hydroquinone or other harmful ingredients
  • Exfoliates and moisturizes
  • Pump dispenser prevents oxidation
  • Safe for every skin type
  • 30-day money-back return policy


  • Can make skin extra-sensitive to heat
  • Takes patience to see results
  • Expensive compared to comparable brands

Bottom line

After researching and testing out Meladerm, we can confirm that it works effectively to even out skin tone and correct hyperpigmentation, along with scars and melasma. Because it doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients, users with just about any skin type can use it without irritating their skin or experiencing nasty side effects. It also won’t leave you with splotchy white spots – which is great, because you don’t want a photo-negative of the skin problem you already have.

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Meladerm is effective for treating hyperpigmentation and does so without common ingredients that can irritate skin.

Vegan and cruelty-free Meladerm isn’t the cheapest product of its kind, though there are certainly ways you can stretch the product to add value. For those with melasma, age spots, acne scarring, and other types of uneven pigmentation, it’s effective and recommendable

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What is Meladerm?

Meladerm is a skin-lightening cream created to smooth over and lighten areas of the body in order to establish a more even skin tone, and it was formulated for use with issues such as scarring, melasma, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage from years of sustained exposure to sunlight. It’s also an effective moisturizer and, as part of a comprehensive skincare routine, can help maintain the balance of your complexion as well as keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

Is Meladerm legit?

Meladerm is manufactured by Civant, a company founded in 1999 with the primary intention of creating a product to treat hyperpigmentation. It’s one of a wide variety of skincare products produced by the company, which takes pride in never using harsh chemicals in its formulas, including parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. Many skin lighteners contain a chemical called hydroquinone, which has been scrutinized due to health concerns and can cause issues for people with sensitive skin. Thankfully, Meladerm does not contain hydroquinone.

Privacy considerations

Civant’s website is secure for purchases and its privacy policy stresses that the company will never give your information to any third parties. Any questions or concerns can be answered by Civant’s customer care team, which we found to be nicely responsive.

Does Meladerm work?

According to our research, Meladerm is the real deal. It doesn’t simply blanch target areas – it creates a smoother uniformity between your actual skin tone and the spots you want to correct, providing a more even complexion. Some users have complained that it can take up to three months of sustained use before changes in skin tone solidify completely, but the vast majority of user reviews report immense satisfaction with the results. In reality, the speed at which Meladerm works varies significantly, but it is effective.

How does Meladerm work?

Meladerm uses safe, natural ingredients to even out skin tone as well as brighten and moisturize, including:

  • Argan oil – prevents skin irritation and itchiness
  • Alpha arbutin - reduces hyperpigmentation
  • Bearberry extract – exfoliates and reduces pigmentation
  • Benzoic acid – reduces pigmentation
  • Beta arbutin – reduces inflammation and pigmentation
  • Emblica fruit extract – provides antioxidants and shields skin from sun damage
  • Kojic acid – provides antioxidants and reduces inflammation
  • Niacinamide – reduces pigmentation
  • Sepiwhite (Undecylenoyl phenylalanine) – provides anti-aging benefits and reduces pigmentation
  • Symwhite (Phenylethyl resorcinol) – reduces pigmentation
  • Vitamin E – moisturizes and protects skin

Meladerm contains several ingredients that have been proven in studies to reduce unevenness in skin tone. Several of them operate in the same way. For instance, bearberry extract, alpha arbutin, and Symwhite all act as tyrosinase inhibitors. Your body uses the enzyme tyrosinase in order to synthesize melanin, which is what gives our skin its pigmentation.

Meladerm’s formulation is thoughtful; several of the ingredients are proven to work synergistically with one another to reduce hyperpigmentation and brighten skin (for instance: kojic acid, white mulberry root extract, and licorice root extract).

Using Meladerm

Every bottle of Meladerm contains about 50 pumps’ worth of product. From our testing and research, however, it’s possible that you only need a half-pump per use, rather than a full pump. If you find yourself in this camp, then you can double the duration of your Meladerm.

  1. Before applying Meladerm, wash your face thoroughly. We can’t overstress the importance of this step before using any moisturizing product. In the case of Meladerm, clearing the skin of dirt and oils will maximize the product’s effectiveness.

  2. Apply one pump (or a little under a pump) to your palms, working evenly over the designated area. You’ll want to rub it in evenly across the whole area until it’s fully worked into the skin.

  3. Let Meladerm soak into your skin for ten minutes. Make sure to give the cream enough time to do its work before applying any additional skincare products or makeup.

How long until you see results?

How quickly you’ll see Meladerm take effect will depend on your skin type and body chemistry. Some users reported seeing results within seven days of use, while others complain that it took up to three months for them to see substantial returns. The general answer appears to be somewhere in the middle – from our research, it takes an average time of one month for Meladerm to change the composition of your skin, including improved evenness and complexion.

How much does Meladerm cost?

One bottle of Meladerm costs $49.99. It will last you about a month if you use it once in the morning and once at night.

This isn’t the most affordable product of its kind on the market. To save some money, the company also has a deal for a two-pack at $79.99. This saves you about $20 and makes for a better value more comparable to competitors.

Another money-saving tip based on our experience: if you try, you may find success using around half of the amount of Meladerm that the company advises. A half-pump per use might do the trick, in which case you’ve effectively doubled the reach of a bottle of Meladerm without paying extra.

Is Meladerm safe?

For the vast majority of users, Meladerm is a safe and reliable product. It doesn’t use any hydroquinone, a chemical used in a large number of skin lighteners that’s been heavily regulated by the FDA due to safety concerns.

Whenever applying a new skin treatment, it’s a good idea to consult with a dermatologist to make sure that you aren’t likely to experience any adverse reactions to it. If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients contained in it, Meladerm could cause inflammation and irritation.

How we evaluate home health products and services

At Innerbody Research, we customize our evaluation criteria depending on the type and nature of the health-related service or product. For Meladerm and other health products, we have five areas that we use for our evaluations, including:

Quality: How well does the company deliver its core service(s) to the customer? For testing services, does the company adhere to the latest and most advanced testing technologies and achieve a very high degree of accuracy? For non-testing telehealth services, is the quality of the service high enough that we would recommend it to loved ones without hesitation? If not, why not?

User-friendly: How intuitive and user-friendly is the service? Does the device, program, app, or website achieve a good degree of user-friendliness for its customers?

Value: Are you getting your money’s worth? Are there any hidden costs or charges? Does the company offer discounts?

Privacy: If health data is stored, will your data be stored securely? Are payments secure?

Customer support: Particularly in situations where ‘one size fits all’ doesn’t make sense, how well does the company help to make the service ideal for you?