In a world where beauty often only goes skin deep and light skin is perceived by many as more desirable, people with darker skin find it more and more difficult to love and be comfortable in their own skin. Skin bleaching or whitening has unfortunately become common. These products are used by women around the world in order to obtain blemish-free, lighter and brighter skin tones. But many ignore the health warnings associated with using these often dangerous skin bleaching products. In case if you’re considering doing the same to your skin you should know these things first.
SKIN BLEACHING CAN BE SAFE IF DONE CORRECTLY
There is nothing wrong with bleaching your skin if you do it the right way, follow the procedures and use the right products. They stress that you should make sure your skin is monitored regularly by a licensed skin professional or dermatologist and that one should always be on the lookout for any strange changes in your skin during this process like peeling and redness.
SKIN BLEACHING IS NOT BEING TOTALLY “WHITE”
Some people tend to misunderstand the concept of going for a skin bleaching. They think that you can request for a completely white colour skin tone. It might not happen to all skin! Skin bleaching is a procedure of lighting 1 or 2 tones from your shade of skin tone only.
HYDROQUINONE IS NOT GOOD
If you are in a process of bleaching your skin, avoid using creams that contain the ingredient named Hydroquinone. It may cause scars on the skin, kidney, liver or nerve damage, abnormalities in a newborn baby if used during pregnancy and might even have serious effects of pigmentation on the eye and cause corneal damage!
SKIN BLEACHING CAN HAVE SIDE EFFECTS
Skin bleaching techniques could have serious side effects and complications like inflammation (swelling and redness), skin irritation or burning and itchy skin. For some people it might be temporary but it can be permanent too.
THERE ARE OTHER ALTERNATIVES TOO
Many skin bleaching products contains ingredients that have been banned in many countries due to the dangerous effects they have on one’s health overall. But there are some safe, natural home remedies that can be applied to the skin for lightening your skin tone such as lemon, honey, aloe vera, oranges and yoghurt. Why not try it!