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Whitening steps & Useful Information

Nowadays the image is crucial and more & more people tend to give an increased importance to the way one individual looks. Beautiful and healthy skin enhances the x-factor of image & everyone wants that the skin of the face glow all day long. It is the image that sells, the image that promotes the individual. With such an increased attention on image, it is no wonder that people with skin imperfections feel marginalized is afraid of making their way out in the world. This is why it is highly important to know how we can take care of our skin so that it remains fresh, clean and healthy all the time.

Dark skin and brown spots have always been a problem for a large share of the population. No matter of the color of the skin,these spots is anesthetic and can really damage one’s self esteem. This is why they must be removed in an effective manner, without affecting the layers of skin or causing any side effects. There are many chemical products claiming to successfully manage to keep the skin in good condition regardless of the external or internal factors which may influence the way the skin looks. While this may be true, these products are either too expensive or have some hidden side effects which may further damage the layers of skin. The only products which are capable of offering great treatment and protection for the skin are the products made at home from natural products.


In order to be on the right path towards finding the product, there are some things a customer must know and take into consideration when choosing the skin whitening products. The first, and probably the most obvious one, is the skin type and color. The skin whitening products are made up for different types of skin, thus in order to find a product to work for you, it must be necessarily made for your color & type of skin. There are 5 different skin types which are applicable to all skin colors. These types of skin are dry skin, oily skin, combination skin sensitive skin and normal skin. The skin colors are mainly 6 and are as: very light or “Celtic”, light or “light European”, intermediate light or “dark European”, dark intermediate or “olive skin”, dark or “brown skin” and very dark or “black skin”. According to these colors and to the type of skin you have certain products are recommended and certain are prohibited.


Another thing which should be known when choosing skin whitening products is that some of them may contain irritant substances or even substances which may have serious side effects for people with sensitive skin or for pregnant women. A very good example in this direction is the hydroquinone, a substance which is reported to cause fetal malformations and even affect the pregnant woman. Thus, you should look carefully on the ingredients contained by that product and see whether you are allergic to one of them or if the product is safe for you. Homemade skin whitening treatments make your skin more beautiful and radiant. Also, because you know the ingredients you mix in the recipes, you can be sure that there is no substance to which you are allergic, so that you will not further damage your skin. Last, but not least, the power of these natural ingredients in fighting the dark spots and patches is quite great, so that there are great chances that you get rid of brown spots in no more than a few weeks.



Skin Lightening Ingredients to Avoid



Hydroquinone is known to produce serious side effects when used over a long period of time. The Story of Cosmetics highlights this ingredient as one of the most toxic ingredients on the market. It is reported to increase the risk of developing leukemia, liver cancer, skin irritation, irreversible hyperpigmentation (exogenous ochronosis) * and reproductive damage. Hydroquinone photosensitizes the skin, making it susceptible to skin cancer. The FDA regulates the use of hydroquinone in the U.S. Over-the-counter skin lighteners can contain up to 2% hydroquinone. Dermatologists can write prescriptions for lighteners that contain up to 4% hydroquinone.



Used to suppress inflammation associated with skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, steroid creams contain powerful ingredients like Clobetasol Propionate, Fluocinolone Acetonide or Betamethasone Dipropionate. One of steroids side effects is skin lightening, but prolonged use can lead to skin problems such as steroid rosacea and thinning of the epidermis.



The Vitamin A derivative found in Retin A, Avita and Renova, tretinoin increases cellular turnover rate, thus eliminating pigment already pooled in the epidermis. Overuse can result in dry, thinner skin. Sensitive skin types can also experience redness, scaling, itching and burning. Thinner skin can increase susceptibility to deleterious effects of UV exposure.


Glycolic Acid

The Alpha hydroxy acid expedites cellular exfoliation, and serves the same purpose as tretinoin described above. Again, the long term side effect of greater UV susceptibility obviates the short term skin lightening effect.



The use of mercury as an ingredient in skin lighteners is banned in the U.S. However, some skin lighteners produced outside the U.S. may still contain mercury.



If your skin has a tendency to develop hyperpigmentation it is also a good idea to shun products containing alcohol, which can accelerate the problem.


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