Skin Lightening Products Market Analysis and Market Studies for 2031|FMI

The global skin lightening products market is estimated to reach US$ 1586 Bn by 2031, as per a study by Future Market Insights. Manufacturers and brand holders identify a product’s efficiency and effectiveness as exceedingly important factors to convert the product’s unique selling proposition (USP) into a bigger market share. According to the report, the rising cases of melasma are among the leading factors enabling skin lightening product sales.

Melasma can be defined as acquired hyperpigmentation on the skin and occurs due to a number of reasons, such as genetic predisposition, ultraviolet radiation, hormonal factors, and drugs. Topical therapies and minimally invasive surgeries are becoming extremely popular in treating melasma across the globe. However, the latter being expensive, a larger consumer base is adopting topical therapies for the treatment of hyperpigmentation. Topical therapies include medically prescribed or over-the-counter drugs, including several creams, lotions, gels, serums, and other topical therapies. The rising prevalence of melasma across the globe is shifting women to opt for topical therapies for treating their skin conditions. Apart from the U.S., the adoption of skin-lightening products has also demonstrated an increasing penetration rate among the African population.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), 77% of Nigerians use skin-lightening products on a daily basis. Improved lifestyle and a rise in the middle-class consumer group in Africa are pushing the penetration of skin care products across the countries. Women happen to cover the leading share in the market, accounting for nearly 80% of sales. FMI in its latest study has forecast the market to rise at a CAGR of 12.8% between 2021 and 2031.

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Key Takeaways of Skin Lightening Products Market Report

  • Skin lightening product sales will continue rising, especially in the lotion and creams category
  • The U.S. has emerged as a highly lucrative market, accounting for over 90% sales in North America
  • The presence of some of the leading market players is pushing y-o-y growth in the U.K. at 3.3%
  • The expansion of beauty industry will continue fuelling sales in Germany and France
  • Japan will remain an exceedingly lucrative market, accounting for over 50% sales in East Asia

Impact of COVID-19 & 2020 Market Analysis

The current pandemic outbreak has imposed numerous challenges on the part of supply side and demand side. The temporary regulation imposed by regional governments to restrict the movement has impacted supply chains drastically. Besides this, the shift from discretionary spending to essential goods has further negatively impacted the market growth.

Besides this, the change in consumer buying habits has encouraged a shift from store based retailing to online retailing facilitating a wider market reach. However, the market is currently entering into reviving phase across different regions, which is further an indicator that points out towards new opportunities amid economic slowdown.

Who is winning?

Future Market Insight (FMI)’s report underlines insights into the competitive situation of the Skin Lightening Products market along with highlights of differential ways utilized by players. Some key players within the Skin Lightening Products market includes and others.

The players are aggressively investing to encourage and promote product development with an aim to gain a competitive advantage over other players operating in the market. The players are entering into strategic alliances with others to build up and strengthen in house resources and expertise.

L’Oréal S.A, Beiersdorf AG, Unilever PLC, Procter & Gamble Company, Shiseido Company, Estée Lauder Companies Inc, Avon Products Inc., VLCC Health Care Limited, Lotus Herbals Private Limited, Clarins Group, Himalaya Global Holdings Limited, Kaya Limited, Kanebo Cosmetics Inc., RichFeel Hair & Beauty Pvt. Ltd., Eveline Cosmetics, Rozgé Cosmeceutical, Bio Veda Action Research Private Limited, Civant LLC, Sabinsa Corporation, and Sanora Beauty Products, among others etc. are few prominent brands operating in the market.

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Get Valuable Insights into Skin Lightening Products Market

Future Market Insights, in its new offering, provides an unbiased analysis of the global skin lightening products market, presenting historical demand data (2016-2031) and forecast statistics for the period from 2021-2031. The skin lightening products market study uncovers convincing bits of knowledge based on product type (foam, gels, serum and toner, scrubs, others), end user ( men and women), nature (natural/herbal, synthetic, and organic), price range (economic (US$10 – 50), mid-range (US$50 – 200), and premium  (US$200 and above), distribution channel (pharmacies, specialty outlets, supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, beauty stores, e-retailers, others) and inclusion region (across each of the seven areas.

Skin lightening Products Market by Category

Product Type

  • Lotions and Creams
  • Foam Skin lightening Products
  • Gels Skin lightening Products
  • Serum and Toner
  • Scrubs
  • Others

End User

  • Men
  • Women

Price Range

  • Economic (US$ 10-50) Skin lightening Products
  • Mid-range (US$ 50-200) Skin lightening Products
  • Premium (US$ 200 & Above) Skin lightening Products


  • Natural/Herbal Skin lightening Products
  • Synthetic Skin lightening Products
  • Organic Skin lightening Products

Sales Channel

  • Pharmacies
  • Hypermarkets/ Supermarkets
  • Specialty Outlets
  • Convenience Stores
  • Beauty Stores
  • E-Retailers
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

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