Lustra Review


Lustra is a skin lightening cream that was developed by TaroPharma, a division of Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. This company markets many different products both prescription and over-the-counter in the US and has a solid reputation. On the official Lustra website, there are three separate products offered. There is Lustra, Lustra-Ultra, and Lustra-AF. Each of these versions of Lustra contains a formula that includes hydroquinone, as well as Anti-oxidants, and moisturizers.

Lustra is marketed for people suffering from hyper-pigmentation problems that can be caused by numerous factors. One of the most common factors is the sun. Overexposure to the sun over long periods of time will create noticeable skin changes such as fine lines, age spots, and blotchiness. The official Lustra website goes into great detail about how people of darker ethnicity may experience uneven skin tones also due to sun exposure.

Product Details

Lustra works because it contains hydroquinone. Hydroquinone lightens any skin it is applied to over time by slowing down melanin production in your skin cells as well as helping skin achieve an even tone. Lustra is full of anti-oxidants and the Lustra-Ultra product also contains Retinol as well. It is a good idea to limit your exposure to the sun while using any of the Lustra products because you will experience dramatically heightened sun sensitivity.

The full ingredient list for Lustra is: Hydroquinone USP 4%,Purified Water USP, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin 99% USP, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate, Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol NF, Cyclopentasiloxane (and) Polysilicone-11, Linoleic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Polyacrylamide (and) C13-14 Isoparaffin (and) Laureth-7, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Triethanolamine 99% USP, Tocopheryl Acetate USP, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium 1-Ascorbyl Phosphate NF, Benzyl Alcohol NF, Dimethiconol, Sodium Metabisulfite NF, Sodium Citrate USP, Disodium EDTA USP, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Vitamin E USP, Carbomer NF, Fragrance.

The Good

  • The official Lustra website is very informative about what Lustra does and who should use it.
  • The full list of ingredients is posted under “Product Inserts” on the official website.
  • Lustra is manufactured by a well known American pharmaceutical company.


The Bad

  • Some of the ingredients in Lustra may produce serious allergic reactions in some people.
  • Lustra is only available in the US by prescription.
  • No testimonials are posted on the official website.
  • Lustra will make you very sensitive to the sun, due to the prominent inclusion of hydroquinone.

The Bottom Line

Lustra is a very potent skin lightener that will only appeal to certain people. This product isn’t for casual use or as a typical anti-aging, anti-wrinkle treatment. There are also some potential allergens in the ingredients you will need to discuss with your dermatologist. We recommend using Lustra only if you have very sever hyper-pigmentation issues but not if you are looking for a cream to help get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.

12 thoughts on “Lustra Review”

  1. hi.
    i have been diagnosed with wrote me a prescription for Lustra cream with 4% HQ.but i used to use a cream with 4% HQ year ago.(i bought it online,forgot the name of the cream)
    What is the different between Lustra 4% HQ and cream that i had before with same 4% HQ?

    1. when using Lustra Ultra how long will it take to see results? Is is suited for small brown spots on hands and face? Thank you

      1. I haven’t tried it on my hands, but it definitely works on my face. I have solar lentigos (age spots) on my face that are about the diameter of an eraser on the end of a pencil. I dab on the cream and let it soak in, rather than rub it in, because that’s what my doctor told me to do. Eventually the area starts to peel and continues until the dark spot fades and eventually disappears. This is the best product around, in my opinion, and it’s the only thing that’s ever worked on my spots as well as on the dark area on my other cheek (melasma).

  2. I love Lustre Ultra. I’ve been using it for over a year because as I got older, my freckles were darkening. After a few months I no longer needed to use any foundation, my freckles are light and my skin looks terrific. I only use this once a day, twice is too irritating.

  3. I’ve been using Lustra AF for two months, and Lustra for three weeks. I haven’t notice any change at all. How long should it take before the brown spots start to fade?

  4. Hi I just wanted to say that after trying several different products and also laser( which was very expensive) I asked my doctor about what to do next….she sugested trying Lustra. In a few days I saw very dramatic results! I love this product. Thankyou for giving me my confidence back!

    1. Marnie, you saw results after only a few days,,, get real,, none of these creams are supposed to work in under several weeks, check that you didn’t check some sort of acid peel.

  5. I was very stressed when i noticed big brown spots on my nose and cheeks. i tried all the possible creams and remedies but of no use.
    i then read about Lustra and thought of giving a last try.
    i ordered Lustra AF and after 8-10 applications my spots were almost vanished. i have an extremely fair skin and now my skin looks so even and beautiful.
    Thanks Lustra for giving me my confidence back:)

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