A Primer on Skin Whitening Treatment’s
Beauty / Natural Beauty
There are two broad avenues that you can explore when it comes to lightening your skin: conventional skin whitening treatment’s carried out by dermatologists, or natural skin lightening remedies that you can use at home. Image Credit: curly hair, curls, beautiful women, photo, hair, woman, portrait, girl, brunette, face, black woman, nathelly_cris, pixabay.
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Both these broad avenues provide promise to people who wish their skins were lighter or whiter. In this discussion will focus on sample whitening treatments/remedies from both avenues, so you can decide for yourself how you would like your own whitening journey to progress.
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Skin Whitening Regimens
1. Retinoic acid – Retinoic acid, or vitamin A, has long been used in dermatology to encourage hair growth, normal skin growth, and more recently, skin whitening.
Vitamin A appears to have a direct effect on the production of melanin, the natural pigment produced by our skin.
Though heavily pigmented skins are genetically predisposed to be darker, the application of whitening agents such as retinoic acid can still help lighten the skin on the face, neck, nape, etc. Retinoic acid is available in cream form and ointment form.
2. Skin bleaches – Skin bleaches often contain chemical compounds such as hydroquinone, vitamin C, and kojic acid to produce desired results on the skin.
To safely use skin bleach, first test it on your arm and, if no irritation occurs, use only a small quantity first on your face. Take note of the usage instructions that come with every package of skin bleach, and heed the manufacturer’s warnings to avoid damaging your skin.
Skin bleach is not a harmless thing, and can cause skin damage if used improperly. Also, take note of how much you are using and for how long.
Sometimes, using too much skin bleach can make the face look much lighter than surrounding skin on the neck and chest. This can affect a person’s overall appearance because there is such unevenness between the face and the rest of the body.
If you have sensitive skin, it might be a good idea to visit your dermatologist first, before using a skin bleaching product. This applies most especially to people who are planning to use products that contain hydroquinone.
Hydroquinone is a potent whitening agent and is only considered safe to a certain degree. If a product contains too much hydroquinone, it may damage the skin instead of safely whitening it.
3. Lemon & lime juice – Freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice are considered topnotch choices for natural whitening. Both juices are capable of cleansing, exfoliating, and lightening dark patches on the skin.
For maximum results, combine fresh juice with other whitening agents, such as yogurt, to hasten the desired results. Many natural health experts also recommend combining lemon juice with the pure extract of licorice.
Licorice inhibits the production of pigment on the skin. If you are suffering from hyperpigmentation, licorice extract just might be your ticket to lighter, clearer skin.
4. Milk – The lactic acid present in milk shows promise in naturally whitening skin. You may use milk as a base for your homemade whitening concoction. Remember that the whitening process doesn’t just involve inhibiting pigmentation of the skin. Lightening the skin will require removal of dead skin cells, accumulated dirt and oil, etc.
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