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Skin bleaching product risks


Everyone wants a smooth skin tone. Many people can affirm, even the slightest blemish can cause distress, especially if there is a special occasion in the near future

And the fashion industry doesn't help, as they display beautiful women with perfect skin, an attribute which most poeple view as the essence of beauty and which many would go to great measures to get. But in the search for a perfect skin complexion, are people exposing their skin to dangerous chemicals that may cause more damage than benefit? Today, in order to achieve the end of a beautiful skin, many people use skin bleaching or lightening products containing hydroquinone, a topical skin-bleaching product used to lighten dark spots such as acne scars and age spots. Hydroquinone works by decreasing the formation of melanin that gives the skin its color (people with black skin have more melanin).

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Hydroquinone is fairly safe; however, it shouldn’t be used for more than three consecitive months. It should also be used in conjunction with a sunblock of at least 15 SPFin order to block UV rays. Hydroquinone is sometimes given as a follow-up treatment to other skin care procedures, such as microdermabrasion.However, many products claiming to contain hydroquinone really only contain steroids and should never be used.

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Many retail skin bleaching products sold in stores don’t contain hydroquinone; they really contain steroids. Actually, many of the skin bleaching products sold in shops were not designed for bleaching. They were produced to treat skin conditions like eczema. Also, if a product does contain hydroquinone, they usually only contain 2% because anything over 2% can only be prescribed by a dermatologist.

Sometimes the skin lightens after about one month of treatment;however, if no bleaching effect is seen after twelve weeks, its best to discontinue using it. To increase the effectiveness of hydroquinone you should avoid direct sunlight and wear protective clothing while using a SPF15+ sunblock when outside. Hydroquinone shouldn’t be used while pregnant or when nursing.

Hydroquinone does have some good points; however,there are several negative side effects associated with it. Often people who use it for a prolonged period find that it thins out the skin. Hydroquinone, if used incorrectly can cause thinning of the skin, exposing veins and giving the skin a darker color. So it's crucial that this skin product is used safely in order to avoid negative side effectsThere is also the issue of its use being associated with being a carcinogen (cancer-causing agent).

Natural skin bleaching

It is for these reasons that many people prefer to turn to other methods for lightening or improving the skin such as microdermabrasion peels.

Adapted from original article by Betty Vedrine, Guardian Features Reporter: Nassauguardian.com