Gone are the days when they said “black is beautiful”. Nowadays, men and women alike, strive to get that fair skin, which is considered to be attractive. Skin tone of a person is dependent on pigment called melanin in the skin. More the quantity of melanin, darker the skin tone.
What is Skin Whitening?
When dark skin color becomes a matter of lower self esteem, people resort to various means of getting fair. The process of using different medications and creams to lighten the skin tone is called skin whitening.
How is it done?
There are various ways to achieve a lighter skin tone. Most safe are natural applications that take care of the problem and yet do not harm the skin. However, there are other cosmetic products that offer to solve the skin whitening problem. The cosmetic products have one or more active ingredients and the more common ingredient is hydroquinone. This is approved by FDA.
Most natural ingredient products come in the form of creams or lotions. The most common natural skin whiteners are lemon and egg white. They are used in combination with other ingredients and used as face mask. The natural bleaching property in these ingredients helps in cutting the dark tone of melanin, and thus lightens your skin.
The cosmetic products are used as face mask and work in the same manner as natural products. Many natural creams and lotions have different berries like bearberry, mulberry, etc as these contain arbutin, a natural hydroquinone that has a property of inhibiting melanin production.
What are the different skin whiteners?
Besides Vitamin C (lemon), hydroquinone and arbutin, there are other products that responsible for skin whitening. These are Kojic acid that is obtained as by-product from fermentation process of malting rice for making Sake (Japanese rice wine) and Azelaic acid that is component of rye, wheat and barley. All these are used for topical application and have the ability to control melanin production. Many cosmetic skin whiteners use mercury, a banned substance in the formulation.
What is the risk involved?
Use of natural ingredients may have a slow but steady effect on the whitening process. They are harmless too. But when one opts for cosmetic products, it is essential to check the label to ensure that they do not contain any banned ingredients. Any product containing mercury is carcinogenic and can have adverse effect on skin, like skin pigmentation and patchy skin. Some products may not contain formulation suitable for your skin type and thus the use of such products may result in allergies.
- Skin whitening process is used to lighten the dark color tone of the skin.
- Athena Skin & Laser treats skin whitening cases effectively under the expert guidance of Dr. Harmandeep K. Sidhu, using safe and trusted methods.
- Skin whiteners used for prolonged period can be dangerous and carcinogenic if they contain mercury.