Caught yourself wishing for a lighter skin tone, reduced age spots, and an overall fairer complexion? Sit back, relax, you’re not alone. After all, with clearer, even skin comes a great deal of self-confidence.
You see, its only human to look into the mirror and find a slew of flaws within yourself, for that’s exactly what the global skin care industry thrives upon. If the plethora of advertisements on the subject are to be taken into account, there’s always some room for betterment, isn’t there?
That said, skin bleaching creams or skin whiteners have been on the beauty radar for quite some time now. Commanding a following of millions of men and women alike, there are thousands of over-the-counter creams available for you to try, depending upon your need.
Unfortunately, not all of those deliver the desired results. While some go as far as lightening your skin complexion by up to two shades, the others do nothing more than adding moisture to your skin. With so many products to pick from, how does one make the right choice?
First, let’s let’s get some insights on how these products work, for that’ll help you scout for “the one”. What follows below is an account of their technicalities, pros, and cons, along with the tips and precautions involved. Read up on!
How do skin bleaching creams work?
The science behind skin lightening suggests that, in order for you to lighten your skin tone, the product you apply on your skin surface must work by reducing “melanin”, a pigment responsible for the color in your skin. Many skin lighteners available in the market today, however, do far more than just reduce melanin.
They effectively treat many a skin problem such as freckles, acne scars and age spots too, which is why most dermatologists recommend their usage to those combating skin ailments.
Applying a skin lightener on hyper-pigmented (discolored) areas on the skin disrupts any production of melanin, thereby, lightening the skin tone and evening out the complexion. Various creams are infused with exfoliants that tend to peel the first layer of your skin, thus, clearing away the dead cells and making way for a newer, lighter layer.
Where and how can I use a skin bleaching cream?
Anyone who has been battling skin discoloration for a long time can use these creams to lighten their complexion. Interestingly enough, their usage isn’t just limited to enhancing your skin tone. In fact, dermatologists often recommend them to patients looking to treat various cutaneous ailments such as post-inflammatory pigmentations, moles, birthmarks, stretchmarks, acne scars, and age spots.
By reducing the production of melanin in the skin, these creams specifically target spots and blemishes on the surface of the skin, thereby, revealing a healthier, clearer complexion.
Over-the-counter creams, lotions, and lighteners can easily be applied to the face, arms, underarms, legs, back, and even the private areas. However, it is imperative that you first apply a little bit of the product on a small patch of your skin so as to check for any reaction or burns.
Many people with hypersensitive skin often experience irritation and redness upon their application. Hence, once you feel comfortable with the application and see no reaction whatsoever, you can go ahead and apply the cream on your desired areas. Follow the instructions on the package carefully to see maximum results.
Can I use it without prescription?
To be fairly direct – no. Skin bleaching creams contain strong chemicals that, if gone wrong, could leave you with an unnaturally pale white skin tone. Not to forget the strong reactions they could cause on your skin such as inflammation, hyper-pigmentation, blotches, and blemishes.
This is exactly why dermatologists all over the world recommend the usage of skin lightening creams for a short period of time, and in doses no higher than 2%. Hydroquinone is one of the most widely acclaimed creams for bleaching skin around the globe, and recommended by various skin care professionals.
However, prolonged usage of the same, in some cases, has led to further darkening of the skin and a permanent resistance to any skin treatment whatsoever.
To sum it up, creams that come with an obnoxiously high dose of skin lightening chemicals and questionable ingredients are often unreliable, and could cause more harm than good to your skin. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you consult a skin care professional before bringing into use any kind of skin lightening cream or lotion.
Tips and Precautions
- Always talk to your dermatologist about the purpose of bleaching your skin. While prevention is better than cure, seeking recommendation from a skin care professional will help you pick the right product in appropriate dosage sans the potential dangers.
- According to medical experts, prolonged usage of Hydroquinone could lead to skin cancer. Therefore, it is recommended that you use such creams on a short-term basis. Let your skin breathe for a few months before you resume their usage.
- Always conduct a patch test before you apply a bleaching product to check for irritation or redness. Although a little sensation is natural, if the product continues to feel icky and uncomfortable on your skin, toss it away immediately.
- An active ingredient in many skin bleaching products is mercury, a toxic agent that can lead to severe neurological and kidney problems. Therefore, always look at the ingredients at the back of the product package so as to ensure there is no potential risk.
- Pregnant women are advised against using skin bleaching creams altogether, as the active chemicals within the product could potentially pass to their unborn child, thereby, causing unnecessary skin complications.
- It makes no sense to keep bleaching your skin regularly, only to have exposure to the sun put a damper on all your efforts. Therefore, cover your skin with a layer of sunscreen everyday in order to avoid any exposure to the harmful UV rays that could reverse the process of skin lightening. Another important thing to keep in mind is to regularly exfoliate your skin so that it rids itself of any dead cells, thereby, letting the product penetrate effectively into the skin