I have been suffering from melasmas for five years now. The brown spot above my upper lip is particularly troubling to me. This was recommended to me by my mother who used the original formula to treat her brown spots after being pregnant with me. She said that this was the only cream that faded all her spots. I however am very disappointed in the results I received from this cream. Instead of a lightening of spots, I feel that my melasmas got even darker in color. In reading about the hydroquinone in this cream, I discovered that in some people it actually caused the brown spots to darken. Once I saw that it was darkening my spots, I immediately ceased use. Absorption The thickness of the formula allowed it to stay on the area in which you were applying it, but it also caused it to lay on top of the skin for a very long time. It took several attempts at rubbing it in to ensure that it was absorbed. Doesn't Clog Pores This was certainly an adverse side effect for me. When I was applying this to the area above my upper lip, I got several blackheads and pimples. I believe the thickness of the formula clogged the area. I then needed to treat it with an acne medication which caused extra redness. Effectiveness Unfortunately I had a darkening of my spots along with additional breakouts at the application site.