Using Natural Products to Bleach Skin Are Key!
Skin bleaching is a cosmetic procedure chosen by many around the world. While sometimes it’s used by people who are not happy with the color of their skin, most of the time it’s used to correct imperfections in the skin’s pigmentation.
Skin bleaching can be a way to lighten embarrassing skin conditions, so that the person feels more confident and happy with his/her appearance.
Please keep reading before you trust harmful, cheap, unnatural skin bleaching methods with your skin’s health!
Skin Bleaching Methods
There are basically 3 methods to skin bleaching.
- Chemical Skin Bleach: This method is just as it sounds. Harsh chemicals are used to correct pigmentation issues. This often is done by a professional because of the risk involved. This method often has the quickest results.
- Natural Skin Bleach: This method bleaches the skin by using natural botanicals that have whitening properties. This method can be done at home and is a slower process, but much safer and healthier for the skin.
- Laser: Skin bleaching can also be done with a laser. This is only available at a certified dermatologist’s office and is quite expensive.
Dangers of Hydroquinine and Other Bleaching Chemicals
Skin Bleaching Cream is used by millions of people to lighten skin, correct uneven pigmentation, and fade dark spots.
If you are not using a natural skin bleaching cream, but a cheap chemical based one, please read this warning.
The majority of the chemical based products use hydroquinone or BHA as the active ingredient in their formula. Here I tell you why you should avoid products with this chemical and I suggest a great natural skin bleaching cream.
The EU has banned this chemical for use in any skin bleaching cream that is left on the skin.
They deemed hydroquinone unsafe for the following reasons:
- Hydroquinone increases the risk of developing skin cancer from sun exposure.
- It also is linked to causing cancer directly.
- It can harm the reproductive system.
- Hydroquinone damages the immune system.
- It interferes with the way hormones work.
- It damages the central nervous system.
The U.S. Cosmetics Ingredient Review Panel states the following…..
Hydroquinone is unsafe for use in products that are left on the skin, but due to lax enforcement, directions for skin lightening products containing hydroquinone encourage frequent and consistent use on the skin.
Therefore, you are putting yourself at risk every time you apply the hydroquinone based skin bleaching cream and leave it on your skin for a period of time.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
Many skin bleach products contain alpha hydroxy (AHA) as their active ingredient. This is an acid that eats away at the top layer of the skin.
Side Effects: AHA can cause skin irritations, redness, swelling, itching, and skin is easily sun burned after use. src.
Retinoids are types of Vitamin A that can have anti-wrinkle and skin lightening effects. They work by interfering with the natural way skin pigments itself and increasing the rate of new skin formation.
Side Effects: Retinoids can cause redness and skin irritation especially around the eyes. Some people experience severe acne breakouts when using this chemical. src.
Chemical Skin Bleach Risks Involved with Other Products
The greatest risk to skin bleaching comes form the chemical skin bleach method. People who choose this method can suffer burns from the chemicals and/or allergic reactions.
These burns and reactions can take weeks to heal. Also people who try to use these bleaching chemicals without medical supervision risk harming their eyes and other sensitive areas.
Some of the common chemicals used in skin bleaching have been linked to cancer.
While the chemical skin bleach method may provide the fastest results, it’s often not worth the risks or side effects that can potentially result from misuse or allergic reactions to the chemicals.
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Published on July 13, 2012 | Written by Anna R. | Last updated on December 6, 2014