In the age of selfies and Instagram we have our face on show to the world more than ever. For most of us we want to look perfect, and that means an even skin tone. There are a lot of skincare products available with all kinds of uses, one of the most popular in recent times in a lightening cream.
A lightening cream are used to lighten the skin and help remove any visible signs of imperfections. This includes blemishes, acne scars or age spots. They’re often used by those with freckles to give lighter skin and a more even skin tone.
What causes dark skin?
Lightening creams are used to lighten dark skin. The color of your skin is dictated by the amount of melanin present. This pigment is within the skin and those with darker skin have higher levels of melanin. This is normally dictated by your genetics but hormones can have an effect on the amount produced.
How do they work?
Lightening cream, or bleachers, work by reducing the amount of melanin present in your skin. They contain ingredients which work to lighten discolorations and remove any signs of imperfections.
The most common ingredient within lightening creams is hydroquinone. There is normally between 2-6% present in the creams and it can be very effective. Other key ingredients include retinol and other steroids or acids.
Dangers of Lightening Creams
Bleachers can be dangerous because of their high levels of mercury. Mercury can cause blood poisoning which in turn can have terrible side effects on your brain. There are a number of other side effects caused by lightening creams:
Thinning of the skin can lead to infections or acne. This can also affect the body’s ability to heal if you’re injured.
Continued long term use of lightening creams can cause premature aging of the skin, leading to lines and wrinkles.
By weakening the skin there is more risk of skin cancer from exposure to sunlight. Always wear sunscreen to protect yourself.
Various ingredients within the lightening creams can cause irritation or reactions. The Hydroquinone can cause permanent discoloration of your skin.
Using a Lightening Cream
Lightening creams are especially designed to give those who have blemishes or discoloration a more even skin tone. They can be very effective but do have some health risks. Be sure to consult a doctor or skincare expert before beginning use of one and make sure you understand the risks.