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.
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 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.
- 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.