Everywhere you look there’s some store or spa that services skin lightening treatment. It seems that the world is obsessed in having a fair light complexion. It’s all the rave and almost everybody is doing it. Now, is a skin lightening treatment safe or not?
First, what is a skin lightening treatment? Skin lightening or skin whitening or skin bleaching is a type of cosmetic treatment that practices the use of chemical substances in an attempt to lighten the skin tone. It can be used to not only whiten skin but also lighten a tan, fade some scars and lessen dark patches on the skin. Most skin lightening treatments can be bought in a store like skin lightening creams and lotions often contain hydroquinone and axelaic acid, chemical agents. But not all skin lightening treatment only has chemicals in it; some also contain plant extracts that could have a skin bleaching effect.
But before you try any skin lightening treatment such as skin bleaching or skin whitening, you should know at least what’ s the pros and cons.
The most usual causes of skin discoloration or darkening are the following:
- Heredity – It’s very normal for people from countries in the Equator to have dark skins. It’s an adaptation to protect those people from the Sun’s rays. It is passed down from parent to child. There’s no escaping it.
- Hyper Pigmentation – In this condition the skin produces too much of the pigment melamin, causing the skin to darken.
- Sun Rays – Over exposure to Sun causes the skin to tan. This is a natural mechanism, wherein to protect itself from the harmful rays of the sun, the skin produces more of the pigment melanin which shields the penetration of UV rays into the skin.
So how can you get white fair skin? Here are some options:
- Laser treatment is among the recent options available to improve skin’s appearance. It may be used for uneven skin tone, and forms of hyperpigmentation such as melasma. This treatment can be directed specifically to the affected areas, or performed on the entire face
- Skin whitening lotions have kojic acid and azelaic acid as their active ingredients. Several skin lightening products include arbutin, which can be extracted from mulberry, bearberry, or cranberry. Papaya, lemon, and orange are among the fruits that may lighten the skin naturally. These fruits can improve the complexion when included in one’s diet, or applied to the skin.
There are also some natural non-chemical solutions for skin whitening and skin bleaching:
- Mix 1 table spoon of milk powder, 1 table spoon of honey, 1 table spoon of lemon juice, and ½ table spoon of almond oil. Apply on the face and wash off after 10-15 minutes. This pack helps bring shine to the skin and also removes tan
- This recipe for bleaching skin contains some chemicals but they are not harmful to large extent. What you do is mix Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) with little bit of peroxide. Peroxide is easily available on the market and the amount used should be just about enough to make smooth paste. Then add 4-5 drops of ammonia. Using ammonia is optional. If you do not measure ammonia properly, excess ammonia can burn the skin. Without using ammonia, the bleach paste with fuller’s earth and peroxide is enough too.
One of the great things of skin whitening especially the natural ones serves as a healthy skin diet for the body. Remember, everything that’s too much is harmful whether natural or chemical induced skin whitening treatments.