Superfade Cream 60g (Pharmacy Only)


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Superfade Cream & Superfade Face Cream are Pharmacy Medicines and can therefore only be supplied by a registered Pharmacy. Please click on the links below to take you to an online pharmacy of your choice. You will be leaving this site. If you do not want to leave this site please hit the back key to return.

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Superfade is considered one of the most effective pigmentation fading products ever formulated to help remove smooth brown marks on your skin such as age spots, freckles and hormone marks.

Age Spots, freckles and brown skin blemishes are caused by excessive pigmentation producing irregular brown marks on skin, especially on backs of hands, arms, neck and face.

Superfade Cream contains a powerful fading agent and other ingredients to assist in fading age spots, freckles and brown skin blemishes. The cream works gradually and results should begin to appear after 6-8 weeks.

Superfade's unique, synergistic combination of hydroquinone and exfoliants produces a dramatic fading result in less than 8 weeks. This combination is only found in Superfade. Hydroquinone works within the skin to stop the cause of excessive pigment.

Superfade Cream gently exfoliates away the over-pigmented skin and encourages new skin growth. This cream works gradually and results should begin to appear after 4 weeks and results are achieved in 6-8 weeks.


  • Unique, effective treatment for fading age spots and pigmentation
  • Clinically proven pigmentation correction
  • S2 Pharmacy only medicine
  • Contains 2% Hydroquinone (TGA approved) to fade (not bleach) pigmentation
  • Disables melanocytes and inhibits melanin production
  • Moisturising base with exfoliants to increase skin cell turnover
  • Contains sunscreen to help protect from further sun damage
  • Has been effective in treatment of pigmentation for the last 25 years – it really works! 


  • Works within the skin to stop the cause of excessive pigmentation 
  • Effectively fades brown skin blemishes including pigmentation, freckles and age spots within 6-8 weeks.
  • Not a cover-up, not just a cosmetic, not a bleach


Effectively fades unwanted pigmentation on the hands and body within 6-8 weeks. Your hands will look more youthful!

  1. Before commencing treatment test for allergic reaction over 24 hours with small patch of cream on inside of upper arm. 
  2. Rub sparingly into affected areas only twice during the day and once at night, 30 minutes prior to bed. After desired fading is obtained use only as necessary to maintain results. Superfade Original is non greasy.


  • If a pigmented spot or mole has recently become darker, changed colour, becomes itchy or bleeds do not use this product on it and see your doctor immediately.
  • Do not use on children.
  • Do not use near eyes.
  • Dark skinned people should avoid long term and repeated use to lighten overall colour as this could result in hyper pigmentation of the skin.
  • Mild irritation may occur, stop use if it becomes severe. If fading is not evident within 3 months, seek doctor’s advice.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun. 
  • This product may darken on exposure to air, but this does not affect its efficacy. 
  • This product contains sulphites.
  • Always read label. Use only as directed.
  • Available only at Pharmacies (S2).
  • Use Superfade Sunscreen SPF30+ on any exposed areas.


  • Clean skin
  • Superfade Cream / Superfade Face Cream (apply to pigmented area only)
  • Superfade Sunscreen SPF30+ / Superfade UV Day Shield to exposed skin


  • Superfade Cream / Superfade Face Cream (apply to pigmented area only)
  • Superfade Sunscreen SPF30+ / Superfade UV Day Shield


  • Clean skin
  • Superfade Accelerator (optional)
  • Superfade Cream / Superfade Face Cream (apply to pigmented area only)


  • Hydroquinone (2%): 
    • Disables melanocytes
    • Inhibits melanin production of tyrosinaase (enzyme)
    • Prevents melanin production in skin tissue
  • Salicylic Acid: 
    • BHA, or long term cell exfoliant 
    • Helps to turnover skin cells
    • Promote new unpigmented cell growth
  • Padimate: 
    • UVB sunscreen
    • Helps stop the stimulation of melanin into brown coloured pigmentation 
  • Tocopheryl Acetate: 
    • Vitamin E, acts as an anti-oxidant
    • Stimulates cell growth and renewal

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us

Plunkett Pharmaceuticals
PO Box 1407 Mona Vale NSW 2660
Toll Free: 1300 366 833
Phone: + 61 2 9979 7333
Fax: + 61 2 9997 8647
E-mail:  info@plunketts.com.au


Over 90% of women over 18 years of age suffer from some form of pigmentation. This can take the form of age spots on the backs of hands and on the face, hormone marks, or just uneven pigmentation. These marks are usually distinguished as flat, brown marks on the surface of the skin.


Superfade Cream and Face Creams contain hydroquinone, which disables the melanocytes that produce melanin which move to the surface of the skin to produce age spots. The disabling action stops the movement of melanin and therefore can fade flat, brown marks on the skin's surface


No, disables only some of the melanocytes that produce pigment but not all, and hence just fades back to normal skin colour


Superfade Cream and Face Cream should be applied only to the area to be treated to reduce sensitivity reactions on surrounding skin. Superfade is not bleach.


Superfade should only be applied to the dark, age spots, not the surrounding "normal" skin. We understand that this can be difficult, but it sometimes results in the surrounding skin also becoming a little lighter and the age spot appearing darker before it fades.


Approximately 2.9 - 3.3


It is best to use a gentle, soap-free cleanser, e.g. John Plunkett’s Crème Cleanser or NS Sensitive Skin Cleanser.


Superfade Cream is primarily used to treat pigmentation on the hands and body.

Superfade Face Cream has the same level of proven active ingredient as Superfade Cream, however Superfade Face Cream is designed especially for the face. Superfade Face Cream has an anti-ageing formula appropriate for treatment of facial pigmentation.


Superfade Cream and Face Cream work gradually and results should be evident after 6 weeks. Superfade Accelerator can be used to increase the speed of treatment (apply first).

Superfade Cream or Face Cream should be used 3 times a day (morning, afternoon/evening and before bed). As the pigmentation has usually developed over a long period of time, and hydroquinone works by disabling melanin-producing melanocytes deep in the skin, treatment usually takes 6-8 weeks to be effective.


Fading is gradual, and can take several months.  If fading is not evident after 3 months, ask your doctor for advice.


Superfade should only be applied to the dark, age spots, not the surrounding "normal" skin. We understand that this can be difficult, but it sometimes results in the surrounding skin also becoming a little lighter and the age spot appearing darker before it fades. The fading process does take some time, so we would suggest that you continue using Superfade, being careful in its application. Results should begin to appear after 6-8 weeks. However, if the pigmentation does not fade within 3 months, we would suggest consulting your doctor, as the mark may not be simple pigmentation.


We do not recommend Superfade Cream or Face Creams for lightening the overall colour of dark skin. Dark skinned people (especially those of African descent) should avoid long term and repeated use as this could result in hyperpigmentation (darkening) of the skin. This can result in uneven darkening rather than lightening.


Superfade Cream and Face Cream is white.  However it may darken on exposure to air, but this does not affect its efficacy.  All Superfade products should be stored under 25 degrees C in a cool, dry place.


It is important to know that Superfade does not simply fade all skin by ‘bleaching’ it.  Superfade works by disabling melanocytes deep in the skin that produce melanin which produces brown pigment. Freckles and other discolouration of the skin is the result of these melanocytes producing too much melanin, usually due to excess sun exposure, hormones or skin type. 

We usually recommend Superfade is only applied to the pigmented areas due to the possibility of inflammation and irritation (redness) of the surrounding normal skin. You should test your skin by applying Superfade in a small, discreet area to see if you get any irritation.  If the test area is OK after a couple of days, then start applying Superfade to the larger area. Freckles can be very stubborn. We have found that the best results occur when Superfade Cream or Face Cream is used 3 times a day for at least 6-8 weeks. Superfade Accelerator may also help. Accelerator prepares the skin and can make the treatment time of Superfade Cream or Face Cream shorter.

Since pigmentation and freckles are aggravated by sun exposure, it is very important to protect your skin against further damage by using an SPF30+ sunscreen. 

Superfade UV Hand Shield SPF30+ is a broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen. While the handsfree applicator makes it perfect for applying to the back of hands (where many people get agespots), the Superfade UV Day Shield SPF30+ sunscreen is suitable for use all over the body. 


Although Superfade is not primarily designed for scaring, we have seen some results from facial pigmentation scarring.


Superfade can be used on Asian skin, in accordance with the directions on the packaging, Superfade should only be applied to the area to be treated, not over the whole face.  


Superfade Cream and Superfade Face Cream are Pharmacy Medicines approved by Australia’s government agency, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).  While there is no specific instruction regarding pregnancy or breastfeeding from the TGA, we recommend that application of the creams should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding except when applying to very small areas. 


The simple answer to this question is yes, teenagers can use Superfade. The Therapeutic Good Administration recognises 12+ year olds as adults. However it is not recommended that children under 12 years apply Superfade.

Since the pigmentation that Superfade is used for in adults is usually a combination of hormonal changes and long term sun damage, it is not usually apparent in children. Childhood freckles often appear and disappear without treatment and treatment with Superfade would be unnecessary. Of course, a doctor may recommend Superfade for a particular case, and the directions should be followed carefully.


The small amount absorbed through the skin is O.K., however if you are on any medication, please consult your doctor.


Yes.  Firstly apply Superfade Face cream to the specific area, then UV Day Shield all over the face, neck and chest.  Then apply makeup.  Wait a minute or so between each step.


Superfade Cream and Superfade Face Cream are Pharmacy Medicines approved by Australia’s government agency, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and therefore can only be sold by a registered Pharmacist within a Pharmacy environment in the Australia market, therefore is unavailable to purchase online. We are also unable to send out samples of this product. Being a Pharmacy Medicine, registered by the Therapeutics Goods Administration, it is not a cosmetic or simple skincare product. We can export however, so be sure to email us with your request.


When manufactured, Superfade Cream is white and creamy. It can darken on exposure to air, but this does not affect its efficacy. All Superfade products should be stored under 25°C in a cool, dry place.


No, neither of these products contain any fragrances. 


Hydroquinone is a potent active that helps fade unwanted pigmentation by disabling the melanocytes that produce melanin (the brown colouring in your skin).  Unfortunately, sometimes hydroquinone can irritate skin, and this is more likely on the delicate facial skin. You should always test your skin by applying Superfade in a small, discreet area to see if you get any irritation. Many people do not do this first. If the test area is OK after a couple of day, then start applying Superfade to the larger area. Superfade is approved by the TGA as a pharmacy medicine, it is not a simple cosmetic. Be sure to send us back your product (with the reciept) and we will honor our money back gurantee.


Whenever we can, we avoid ingredients that have tested on animals and we do not conduct any animal testing ourselves.  However Superfade is a Pharmacy Medicine, approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (the government body that controls and approves the medicines available in Australian).   This approval process generally requires extensive testing, which may include animal testing.  Superfade was originally approved for the Australian market over 25 years ago when tests would have been conducted under very different social and scientific conditions. We understand and appreciate the personal stand on this issue, but we are unable to confirm that no ingredients in Superfade have ever been tested on animals.


Superfade Cleanser was discontinued sometime ago. We recommend using a gentle non-foaming cleanser such as John Plunkett Anti-Ageing Crème Cleanser, or NS Sensitive Skin Cleanser from the Nutri-Synergy range.

Here are just a few examples of the many letters that we have received from satisfied and congratulatory customers, thanking us for our unique, innovative and problem solving products. All of these testimonials are available on file at the Head Office of Sunspot Products, and are available for viewing upon request. All statements have been supplied at the free will of the customer. No solicitation was used to obtain these statements.
Beauty Heaven Tried & Tested
If you have any comments please feel free to contact us

Plunkett Pharmaceuticals
PO Box 1497 Mona Vale NSW 2660
Toll Free: 1300 366 833
Phone: +61 2 9979 7333
Fax: +61 2 99978647

E-mail:   info@plunketts.com.au

I started using this product a couple of weeks ago and as instructed applied it three times a day to the brown pigmentation on my face (left cheek). I was a bit skeptical at first as I wondered if a cream could really fade pigmentation but low and behold it worked. The pigmentation on my cheek has definitely faded and I am so pleased to get rid of the ugly brown mark. This is a fantastic product and I would definitely recommend it.

  • Salsmith via Beauty Heaven

For four long years I have been living with dark blemishes on my face.  My local pharmacy recommended Superfade.  After only 10 days, it has already lightened the dark patches on my face so much, that I showed my face to other people yesterday WITHOUT WEARING MAKEUP!  I am so grateful for your magnificent product! Thank you so very much, I am almost back to my former self, all because of Superfade. 

  • CS, via email

This is just a note to say a big THANK YOU!!! I have been using Superfade for over a month or so and found it to be beneficial for most of the blemish marks I have. I am in my late 40’s and suffered skin problems related to hormonal changes all through adolescence and beyond. I have found this cream more beneficial than anything else and I have tried many products in my time.  Many thanks.

  • SM via email 

Love this

Have only been using Superfade for a few weeks but can see major improvement especially on hands. Used it initially on one arm and noticed the difference in a week. Now I'm using it all over (major age spot infestation) and am really excited by results.

  • Reviewer: Lyndam (merriwa, Australia) c/o: Beauty Heaven
  • Age: 57
  • Posted: February 23, 2010

A great Pigmentation Fading Product

I tried this product after a lady at my work recommended it to me and after using it for 8 weeks I am surprised at how well it worked. When I bought this product I didn’t expect much - maybe a slight difference however the results have been great. I started to notice that the pigmentation on my arms was fading after about 2-3 weeks and within 8 weeks it was much lighter and in some areas it is hardly visible. This is a great product, which I would recommend and will keep using to fade pigmentation on other parts of my body.

  • Reviewer: Jemma789 (Australia) c/o: Beauty Heaven
  • Age: 40
  • Posted: January 20, 2010

John Plunkett Superfade

Having seen it overseas before, it wasn't until my face hit the Australian sun & the freckles started to darken, that I purchased this product. I think it has helped in lightening the freckles on my face & with once nightly application, to stop them from becoming any darker as the summer goes on. 
Having said that - it hasn't made them any less noticeable on my face :( I'm almost finished a tube & it's taken about 8 months of daily use to reach this stage - a little goes a long way of this ointment like cream. I was applying in the morning too - but it's far too oily for my already oily complexion, so I only apply at nighttime to my whole face. I have noticed when I go for a few days without application - the freckles seem to become darker - which freaks me out - so I'll keep on using it until I find something better. It's worth the money / well priced.

  • Reviewer: MsCosmetics (Southbank, Melbourne, Australia) c/o: Beauty Heaven
  • Age: 34

Superfade Cream

I no not usually do this; in fact I don’t think I have ever written a letter to a company concerning their product. However on this occasion I feel that I just had to tell you about the results of your Superfade Cream.

In January 2006 I purchased a 60mL tube of Superfade from my local Amcal Chemist. I distinctly remember asking the young female assistant if she had heard if this product worked, as I had seen magazine advertisements. I purchased the product with hesitation willing to give anything a try.

In June 2004 my family and I went on a South Pacific and as I am a “sun lover” I enjoyed the most fantastic surf, sun, and tanned skin the South Pacific could give. Needless to say that upon returning home and the sun tan fading I was left with the most awful facial skin pigmentation. It was blotchy and looked almost like “tortoise shell” like in appearance. I had tried everything; over the last year and a half, to get rid of it. I tried exfoliation, and expensive skin peel creams.

That’s when I purchased the Superfade. I used it as instructed and I honestly could not believe that after three weeks the pigmentation started to fade. I continued to use Superfade fanatically and by February the pigmentation had faded with only the slightest trace. It truly blew me away. I mean how often have you purchased products that never delivered what they claim to do. Superfade did deliver. I am now fanatical about sunscreen when I’, out in the sun and I wear a hat whenever possible.

  • K. Brackman (Mildura VIC)
  • Posted: March 2006 

I just wanted to thank you for producing some wonderful products. I have had some brown marks on my face for several years, and have tried numerous products and treatments to get rid of them, but to no avail. Over the last 4 weeks, I have been using Superfade Original Cream and the Face Cream and my brown marks have totally gone!! I am totally amazed, and feel like a different person; I am going out with little makeup on now. JUST INCREDIBLE!! Thank you. I love the Original Cream as a cleanser; it’s so soft and gentle on my skin. Thank you for changing my life.

  • C. Chapman (Via Email)
  • Posted: July 2007

I am writing to tell you that I am to date, impressed with your superfade Cream. I am 70 and have several “age” brown patches – I have tried other products, with no visible results. I have been using Superfade for about 3 weeks, 2 or 3 times daily and even some quite dark spots are fading. Thanking you – I shall continue to use this product.

  • H. Minhead (Kangaroo Point QLD)

I thought I would write to you about your good product Superfade Cream. I have used it on my face and hands. I have a birthmark on my face and it is fading as it was very dark, also spots on my hands. So I am very pleased with your products and will continue to use it.

  • S.J. Eliot (Woodridge QLD)

I have been using your Superfade Hand Cream and Booster since they came on the market. I am 85 years young and am always being complimented on my hands and skin – and you are Australian too!!

  • No Name (Victor Harbour SA)

I was born with a very unusual birthmark on my face. I have lived with this large black/brown mark my entire life. It covers the area above my eye, around my eye and down my right cheek. It very much looks like I have a large bruise and a black eye. Complete strangers often comment about my 'black eye' and not a single day goes by that I don’t receive a comment about it.

I have seen many doctors over the years and have been offered only laser surgery as an option to remove it, or partially remove or fade it. I have never taken up this option due to the large expense and risk of complication and side effects. Most doctors saying I will suffer extensive scabbing, irritation and 'if' successful the skin in the treated area will appear lighter than the rest of my face. There is also the possibility of scarring.

After reading about Superfade in a magazine, I decided to purchase the product. I was very skeptical about using it but thought for the sake of $25 it was worth a try.

Amazing Results; I have now been using Superfade for only one week and I am shocked at how much of a difference it has made. Lighter areas of my birthmark have almost gone already and the darker areas have started to fade.

I will continue to use this fabulous product in the hope that it will fade my mark enough that I can leave the house without spending 20 minutes applying concealers and foundations that only barely hide this mark.

I don’t normally write letters like this, but after living 31 years with this disfiguring mark on my face, your product has giving me hope that I don’t have to live another 31 years of comments, whispers and stares. Thank you for this fabulous product.

  • Trudy (Via Email)

I have been using Superfade on the brown skin blemishes caused by the sun around my neck and chin, and after only 2 weeks, there gone! 30 years of embarrassment! Thank you for such a good Aussie product.

  • RT. Seven Hills NSW

I have been using Superfade around the dark circles near my eyes, and within 4 weeks there is a distinct fading of these marks - so much so, please have commented to me. I will continue to use your product.

  • DC Bethania QLD

I have been using your product, Superfade, for 4 weeks and I could definitely be your before and after photograph for this product. I can now display my hands rather than hiding them – and this you can quote. 

  • BD. Yamba, NSW

I had two very dark spots on my face and many small ones also on the back of my hands and lower forearms. I despaired that any preparation would be effective. However, I am delighted with the results after only 3 weeks of using your fantastic product. The large spots have virtually disappeared and the smaller ones are gone altogether

  • MP. Beenleigh QLD.

Within a few days of using Superfade, I could see the difference. Now one month later I have only a very faint mark left on my neck - thank you for this astounding product!!

  • HG. Richmond VIC

I can assure you - I had double the amount of brown pigmentation marks on my hands as the lady does that you have used in your advertisement. But now, amazingly, they are all gone - it's a miracle!

  • GP Dee Why NSW

I just had my first son, and after the pregnancy, I got a terrible pigmentation mark under my eyes and on my forehead. I went to my chemist and they suggested your product. I doubted your claims about results in 8-12 weeks, so imagine my amazement when in only 3 weeks; I had made a tremendous difference to the marks on my face. I can now go back to singing and modeling, due to your product - finally something that does what is says it does - no wonder, its Australian!

  • KF. BroadBeach QLD.

I was a little cynical when I bought the Super Fade cream. I have a cupboard full of ‘miracle whitening and brightening’ products that don’t work. My skin looks quite young for a 26-year-old but I have noticeable age spots under each eye and along my lip, especially after this year’s summer holiday.  I started applying Super Fade in the morning, at lunchtime and before bed. The cream noticeably faded my spots within a week. People were making comments after two weeks. It also worked wonders on some stubborn freckles. And unlike a lot of other whitening products, it didn’t dry out my skin.

  • M. Willey (Via Email)

I was just writing to tell you how much I love your product. I use your product everyday and all my age spots have disappeared. I love it so much. My hands used to have big brown spots all over them but they’re all gone. Thank you.

  • S. Parker




A CURRENT AFFAIR - TRANSCRIPT – Tuesday 17th April, 2012

Zoe’s Anti-Ageing Arsenal

Our beauty expert’s guide to looking forever young – and leading the charge is red carpet glamour, the future Mrs. Gold Logie winner, Zoe Foster.  She reveals her ultimate guide to younger skin.

For overall youthfulness, it is much more important to look at pigmentation – sunspots, age spots, dark blotches basically on the face.  Zoe says to wind back the hands of time; you should concentrate on smoothing out your complexion.

(Shows an Ultraceuticals product and Superfade)
Lightening, brightening products work by breaking up melanin and removing those dark spots caused by pigmentation that you sometimes get after baby, from the pill, hormonally.

Zoe’s Secret Weapon

A long running favourite in Australia is John Plunkett’s Superfade.  People have been using it for years with great results.  It does take a little while, you need to use it for at least 4 weeks to start to see pigmentation fade, but it will fade.

There are a number of key ingredients you should look for in beauty products but what’s right for you depends on your age.

Vitamin A “Do-it-all” ingredient, like a laser in a bottle – very powerful and very hydrating – basically a one stop shop for anti-ageing.

30-40 (shows Super Wrinkle Cream) look for ceremides and peptides that work on elasticity and collagen, plumping up the skin.

40-50 look for retinoids and retin A to completely resurface and regenerate your skin – very powerful.

You are never too young to get into a good skincare routine, and it’s never too late


Superfade Cream & Superfade Face Cream are Pharmacy Medicines and can therefore only be supplied by a registered Pharmacy. Please click on the links below to take you to an online pharmacy of your choice. You will be leaving this site. If you do not want to leave this site please hit the back key to return.

Pharmacy Online           Pharmacy Direct

For customers ordering from outside 
Australia please email us directly at: