If you lined up our favorite dark spot correctors, you’d find that Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum looks slightly out of place among its neighbors. It looks alluringly high-tech, and its key ingredient isn’t all that familiar. We’ve heard of azelaic, glycolic, and tranexamic acids, but Thiamidol? That’s a new one.
If you’ve ever wondered about the specs and cred of this bestselling dark spot corrector, this post is for you. We’re going in deep, and discovering everything you need to know about Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum. We’ll also be introducing a new serum, the Eucerin Anti-Pigment Skin Perfecting Serum, which joins the range in 2022. What is it for, exactly, and how does it measure up against the original Dual Serum? Keep reading to find out!
On this post:
- What is Thiamidol?
- How does Eucerin Anti-Pigment work?
- Does Eucerin Anti-Pigment work to fade acne scars?
- Is Eucerin Anti-Pigment safe during pregnancy?
- How to use Eucerin Anti-Pigment?
- Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum vs Skin Perfecting Serum
- Can I use a serum and the spot corrector together?
- Does the Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum work on its own?
- Did Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum change packaging?
What is Thiamidol?
Thiamidol is the key ingredient in the Eucerin Anti-Pigment range, and it’s found in greatest concentration–of course–in the Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum.
Thiamidol, a tyrosinase inhibitor, is a patented ingredient by Eucerin. Tyrosinase inhibitors work by blocking the production of melanin that causes your skin to develop dark spots. Vitamin C, mulberry extract, and Kojic acid are all tyrosinase inhibitors, but Eucerin wanted something unique. “We tested more than 50.000 potential ingredients in the quest to find an active that would reduce hyperpigmentation while being kind on skin,” says Dr. Ludger Kolbe, medical skincare and R&D expert at Eucerin. “Thiamidol acts at the root cause of hyperpigmentation by reducing melanin production, and it’s effective on all skin types and tones.”
How does Eucerin Anti-Pigment work?
As one of the best Eucerin products out there, Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum brings together two powerful active ingredients that do wonders for your skin: hydrating hyaluronic acid and depigmenting Thiamidol.
Thiamidol, as we’ve mentioned, blocks the production of melanin–aka, the source of dark spots. By incorporating Thiamidol, the Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum is able to both reduce hyperpigmentation and prevent its re-appearance. This is particularly important for those who have a natural tendency to develop post inflammatory hyperpigmentation; it isn’t enough to tackle one existing spot, it’s actually vital to deal with potential spots before they develop.
Does Eucerin Anti-Pigment work to fade acne scars?
If you are dealing with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, those dark spots and patches that form after a pimple has healed, then yes, Eucerin Anti-Pigment will help. This range effectively reduces pigment spots and prevents their re-appearance, and this holds true for many types of spots and pigmentation issues: melasma, age spots, and dark spots left behind by acne breakouts.
Once your acne has healed, you can use products such as the Eucerin Spot Corrector to treat specific dark spots and help them fade. If you are dark spots all over, try using the Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum instead.
Keep in mind, however, that Eucerin Anti-Pigment will not help improve the appearance of scar tissue; if you are struggling with raised or depressed scars, then this range is not likely to be the answer.
Is Eucerin Anti-Pigment safe during pregnancy?
According to Eucerin, these products are formulated to bring the best possible results to the greatest number of people, without limitations. Knowing the skin is subject to a greater risk of pigmentation issues during pregnancy, the brand states that the Eucerin Anti-Pigment range is safe for use by pregnant women.
There’s something else to keep in mind if you’re pregnant, however: sun protection is the most significant step you can take to prevent the appearance of melasma, or at least reduce its severity. Take care to limit the time you spend in the sun, and wear very high sun protection whenever you are exposed to the sun.
How to use Eucerin Anti-Pigment?
As of 2022, the Eucerin Anti-Pigment range includes a day cream, a tinted day cream, a night cream, a spot corrector, and two serums: the bestselling dual serum, and a new perfecting serum. (We’ll get to the differences between the two serums in a second.)
All six of these products contain Thiamidol, so they reinforce one another’s effects against dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
The correct combination of products is one of the most important things to keep in mind with the Eucerin Anti-Pigment range. Eucerin recommends that you aim for a maximum of four applications of Thiamidol a day. Think of it like this: you have four opportunities to use Thiamidol in a day. How will you use them?
If you own four products from the range, you can use each product once a day, and that is completely fine. However, we find that many people prefer to use the Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum twice a day instead. In that case, you can use the serum twice a day, and then combine it with the day cream in the morning and the night cream in the evening: that’s four applications of Thiamidol!
Last, but not least, it’s important to note that you don’t have to apply Thiamidol four times a day if you don’t want to. If you’d like to speed up your morning routine, you can simply use the day cream with SPF30 in the morning, and then the serum and night cream in the evening: that’s three applications of Thiamidol.
Confused? We’ve summarized three possible routines below, using the Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum:
Day Cream SPF30
Day Cream SPF30
|Day Cream SPF30
Whatever you do, just make sure that you don’t apply Thiamidol more than four times a day, and that you always apply a product with appropriate sun protection in the morning.
Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum vs Skin Perfecting Serum
We’ve mentioned earlier that there are now two serums in the Eucerin Anti-Pigment range: the Dual Serum and the Skin Perfection Serum.
The two serums look quite different, and they serve quite different purposes too. The Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum, the oldest in the range, targets persistent dark spots such as age spots, melasma and post-inflammatory pigmentation. It’s got the highest concentration of Thiamidol out of any product in the range, and that makes it highly effective in the prevention and correction of hyperpigmentation.
Conversely, the Eucerin Anti-Pigment Skin Perfecting Serum has been designed to restore luminosity and uniformity to dull, lackluster skin. Thiamidol is also an active part of this formula, of course, along with plumping hyaluronic acid. This formula is also powered by the new and exclusive Crystal Technology, which gives it its ultralight formula.
In short: if you’re up against serious dark spots, go for the Dual Serum. If you’re looking to boost luminosity and radiance, go for the Skin Perfecting Serum.
Can I use a serum and the spot corrector together?
Yes you can–but before you do, consider whether you really need both! The Anti-Pigment serums are formulated to work all over the face, neck, and décolleté; the Spot Corrector, on the other hand, is perfect to blur individual and smaller problem areas. Depending on the type and distribution of your dark spots, you may only need to use one. If you do decide to use both, however, remember you should not apply products that contain Thiamidol more than four times a day.
Regarding application, Eucerin recommends using one product in the morning and one in the evening, followed by the appropriate day and night creams. If you want to use the two at the same time, start with the serum and then apply the spot corrector. Finally, follow with the appropriate cream.
Does the Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum work on its own?
We’ve shared a lot of info on how to use multiple products from the Anti-Pigment range together, but rest assured: the serum will still work if you use it on its own. It will also work when combined with products from other ranges. This author has tested it on its own in the evening, followed by an an antioxidant serum and SPF50+ in the morning, and I’ve had no reason for complaint. My skin did improve after two weeks, as promised!
Did Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum change packaging?
Our Care to Beauty keeps asking about this, and the answer is yes, it did, back in 2021! Up until then, Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum had been famous for its high-tech dual-chamber packaging. One chamber contained Thiamidol to target the root cause of hyperpigmentation; the other contained hyaluronic acid, the star-quality hydrator that helps the skin attract and retain moisture.
In 2021, Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum relaunched in a new single-chamber packaging, which is the one currently on the market. Through continuous research, Eucerin have found a way to combine the two active ingredients, Thiamidol and hyaluronic acid, in a single chamber that delivers both in precisely the right amounts. You will find that the product is even more convenient to use now, and with increased sustainability!
We know change can be daunting when it comes for our favorite skincare products, but don’t worry: the product itself is just as effective. The pleasant, ultralight texture goes on easily on the skin and absorbs quickly; it instantly improves the appearance of the complexion while creating a radiant, lit-from-within glow.
Now that you know all there is to know about the Eucerin Anti-Pigment range, you’re ready to say goodbye to dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Let us know how it goes!
Beauty Writer & Editor