Just a few days ago, I had a lunch with Sally, an old room mate whom I knew during my university years. She was concerned about her liver spots. She used to spend outdoor a lot while studying. One of the things we talked about was skin bleaching. I wonder if it is a good solution for hyperpigmentation. So let’s delve into this topic.
Skin bleaching is also known as skin lightening, whitening, or brightening. The purpose of skin bleaching is to not just make your skin fairer but to treat hyperpigmentation. There are many skin bleaching creams today which contain hydroquinone, tretinoin, azelaic acid and botanical extracts like kojic acid and arbutin. You can either get them over the counter or by prescription.
Some people want to change their skin tone. So they apply the skin whitener on their whole body. This is not a good idea. If the cream contain harmful ingredients such as mercury, you could end up with mercury poisoning. Fortunately, mercury is banned in U.S. But many skin care products elsewhere still use mercury.
Another widely used ingredient in skin bleaching creams is hydroquinone. Based on FDA guidelines, the concentration of hydroquinone in over-the-counter skin brighteners is limited to 2%. For prescription strength, it can go up 4%.
If you are considering using hydroquinone-based lighteners, please consult your doctor first.
For treatment of melasma, freckles, age spots and other forms of skin discoloration, the ingredients in skin bleaching creams retard the production of melanin. Melanin is what determines your skin tone. It is produced by melanocytes. If your skin has too much melanin, that area will be darker, which is known as dark spot.
Some skin lightening creams contain exfoliating ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids. It stimulates mild skin peeling to enable new layer of skin to appear.
Getting rid of hyperpigmentation is a lucrative market. That is why you find so many brands on the shelf. It can be a headache to choose the right one.
You may have to take several months to test one product to see if it works. If you want to put an end to your guesswork, then your best hope is probably Meladerm. There is a site that provides a different angle on Meladerm. After reading the review, you will know if you should try this natural skin lightening. You should check it out yourself. Here is the url – http://www.fairskindiva.com/.