There are many skin lightening creams available, either over the counter or by prescription. For those suffering from uneven pigmentation, where certain patches of skin are darker or lighter than others, such a cream can be used to even out their skin tones. These products can also help get rid of skin blemishes, like moles, and other discolorations. The ingredients used in skin lighteners can vary from product to product. Here are the most common ingredients. Hydroquinone Rather than actually bleaching the skin, hydroquinone inhibits the production of melanin.
Melanin is the substance that adds color to your skin. Some believe hydroquinone is one of the most effective skin lightening ingredients. However, many are concerned about possible health risks. In fact, hydroquinone has been banned in some countries. Licorice Extract Licorice extract is sometimes recommended as an alternative to hydroquinone. In fact, it might be the best choice for those who have sensitive skin, and can't use other skin lightening products as a result.
Vitamin C We all know about vitamin C and its many health benefits. But what some don't know is that it can act as a skin lightener. Vitamin C (or ascorbic acid) used for this purpose usually comes in either powdered or serum form.
Arbutin Arbutin is a substance found in the leaves of some berries, like blueberries, mulberries, and cranberries. This substance can also be found in peaches. Alpha Hydroxy Acids You can find alpha hydroxy acids (or AHAs) in many over the counter products.
AHAs are also used in some chemical peels. Alpha hydroxy acids are another inhibiter of melanin production. AHAs also remove unhealthy, discolored skin cells, resulting in fewer blemishes and skin discolorations. Over the counter alpha hydroxy products can be effective. But alpha hydroxy acid peels that are performed by qualified physicians usually have more dramatic results. However, those with dry or sensitive skin should probably avoid AHAs.
Kojic Acid This by-product of the process used to create sake (Japanese rice wine) has been found to be an effective lightener. It is also recommended for those with sensitive skin, who can't use hydroquinone. However, there are also concerns about the possible health risks of kojic acid. Azelaic Acid Azelaic acid has been used in acne treatments. And it also been found to help decrease skin discolorations. Mercury Some skin lightening products contain mercury.
While this chemical can be an effective skin lightener, it can also be dangerous. For example, ammoniated mercury is toxic. When choosing a skin lightening cream, make sure it doesn't contain mercury. While searching for skin lightening creams, you will come across many options.
And it's important to weight the pros and cons before choosing the product that's right for you.
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