Today, I’m going to discuss a budget version of Meladerm: the QRxLabs Whitening Cream.
Does this product live up to its claims? Let’s find out. ⭐
ⓘ In today’s post, I’ll share my 2¢ on QRxLabs Whitening Cream!
QRxLabs Whitening Cream
Summary: The Whitening Cream by QRxLabs is a budget-friendly version of Meladerm that does not compromise on product quality.
Best For: Dark Spots, Uneven Tone, Melasma, and Post-Acne Marks
2.0% Alpha Arbutin
1.0% Kojic Acid
Licorice Root Extract
Organic Coconut Oil
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QRxLabs Whitening Cream is a more affordable skin lightening cream that doesn’t compromise on product quality (it’s like a budget version of the bestselling Meladerm).
QRxLabs Whitening Cream is designed to fade hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melanin synthesis through a combination of proven skin lightening agents:
- 2.0% Alpha Arbutin: a chemically modified version of beta arbutin that is even more powerful at reducing melanin production according to one clinical study (source: Civant Skin Care). An independent study showed that alpha arbutin reduced melanin production by 60% in a human skin model compared to controls (source: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 2004).
- 1.0% Kojic Acid: a mushroom-derived ingredient with antioxidant and anti-tyrosinase properties that helps boost the overall effectiveness of other ingredients in a skin lightening formula (sources: Cutis, 2010 and Indian Journal of Dermatology, 2013).
- Licorice Root Extract: studies show that licorice root contains two extracts: i) Glabridin, which was 16x more powerful than hydroquinone at inhibiting melanin in one study and ii) Liquiritin, which can help reduce uneven skin tone by distributing melanin more evenly (sources: Pigment Cell Research, 1998 and The Journal of Clinical & Aesthetic Dermatology, 2018).
(all of these ingredients are found in Meladerm as well)
I like that the ingredient list is super simple (13 in total) and uses organic coconut oil as the base.
Finally, customer reviews have been moderately positive with some who noticed fewer dark spots and more even tone while others did not see any results or complained about the product size.
It’s important to note that treating hyperpigmentation requires a ton of patience as your skin cells only turnover about once every 30 days (source: Epidermis and Its Renewal by Stem Cells).
My Verdict: QRxLabs Whitening Cream is my second pick as it’s a cheaper version of Meladerm that includes some (not all) of the same ingredients and does not compromise on product quality.