If you are thinking about bleaching your skin, you should understand that no matter how they are packaged and promoted, skin bleaching products are only meant to be used on specific areas of the face and body. They are not designed to be used as a full body skin treatment. Of course, this doesn’t stop many people from using them as such, but just be aware that the effect of these products are purely cosmetic in nature. There is simply no way to permanently lighten the skin, but you can keep using the treatments to maintain the desired results.
The active ingredients in many skin lighten preparations is hydroquinone. This has proven to be one of the most effective chemicals that blocks the production of melanin. Melanin is what gives your skin it’s color. Because studies have shown a link between hydroquinone and cancer, most non-prescription products contain only 2% of this powerful chemical. However, if you feel that you need something a bit stronger, you can get a prescription from your doctor for a skin bleaching cream with a higher percentage of hydroquinone.
There are also safer and more natural ways to bleach your skin. Your drugstore probably carries various skin bleaching products that are made with natural plant based ingredients. These are very effective in lightening the skin as well. You may also wish to make your own homemade skin lightening cream by mixing a real lemon with glycerin and rum.
No matter what type of skin bleaching treatment you ultimately decide to use, just make sure that you follow all of the directions carefully. Abusing these products could cause you to have severe reactions and skin damage. It’s also important that you remain realistic about what type of results to expect from any skin lightening method. They cannot create a more beautiful you – just enhance what’s already there.