skin lightening treatments

No one likes to have hyperpigmentation and age spots, but what can you do about them? It turns out that skin lightening treatments really can help! Something as simple as an over-the-counter skin lightening product can make a huge difference in your physical appearance.

But not all skin lightening treatments are the same. Find out what you need to know about the skin lightening treatments that work, and the skin lightening treatments that could be damaging your skin.

The Science Behind Skin Lightening Treatments

Skin lightening is also known as skin bleaching, skin brightening and whitening. It works by a chemical in the skin lightening treatment interacting with a person’s skin pigments. This reduces the amount of color in someone’s skin cells and can affect their overall appearance.

The color of a person’s skin is determined by the amount of melanin in their skin cells. Genetics determine specifically how much melanin you are born with naturally. If your skin is darker then you have more melanin. If it is lighter then you have less melanin.

Certain areas of your skin can develop darker areas over time from things such as hormones, skin diseases,  sunspots and age spots. These darker areas can become even darker with age and sun exposure. They are usually a permanent change to your skin color unless you undergo skin lightening treatments to lighten the areas.

Why Do People Use Skin Lightening Treatments?

Skin lightening treatments have been used to lighten naturally dark skin. Some individuals like to use it all over their skin to lighten the color of all of their skin. It is also used to reduce skin imperfections such as freckles, acne scars and age spots.

Medical professional have also prescribed skin lightening treatments for patients that have skin diseases and disorders. The skin lightening treatments don’t actually help to cure the skin disease, but they do lessen the appearance of a skin disease. This helps a patient to feel less conscientious about their skin disease or disorder.

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Skin Lightening Products

You can buy brightening creams over the counter or a doctor can prescribe them. When applying skin lightening products to your entire body, it is important to be careful of the ingredients of the treatment. Some contain mercury that can lead to mercury poison if too much is used. The United States have banned the use of mercury, but it can still be found in products purchased in other countries.

Risks of Skin Lightening Products

Most skin lightening products that are made in the United States are safe, but there can still be a few risks with excessive use. Most skin lightening treatments should not be used longer than 3 months at a time or in amounts of over 2% hydroquinone. The risks include:

  • Pasty grey skin tone
  • Skin tone unevenness
  • Skin cancer
  • Premature aging of skin
  • Skin infections
  • Acne
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin irritation
  • Allergic reactions

Do skin lightening treatments actually work? Yes, they can definitely help to lighten the skin pigmentation of a specific area of your skin or even all of your skin. As long as you use skin lightening products according to instructions, it can be a great method for brightening your skin.

Written by Dr. Steven Rosen
Many great inventions and discoveries in the world were unintentional or just plain accidents. The story you are about to read concerning a breakthrough in the cosmetics field relates another great accidental discovery. In 1985, in an office in South Florida, Dr. Steven Rosen, a dentist at that time was working on a patient. The patient was a private investigator. Medication was given to the patient to alleviate the pain associated with his treatment. Two days later, the patient noticed a dramatic improvement not only in the pain level, but in his skin as well. His face, which was full of razor bumps, had cleared up! The man couldn't wait to tell the dentist what had happened. He called the dentist on the phone. He asked the dentist what he was doing to him. The dentist was worried and asked what he was talking about. He told the dentist that something the dentist was doing was clearing up his razor bumps. He told the dentist that since he started shaving 15 years earlier, he had tried everything available for razor bumps and nothing had worked until now. The investigator began to tell the dentist how important this discovery was. He mentioned that the dozens of products already on the market did not come close to producing the dramatic results he had achieved. He also said that this was a big problem in the military where a clean shave was required or you would have to get a shaving clearance from the dermatologist. Lawsuits had been filed in industry by workers who were fired because they were unable to get a clean shave for example where gas mask use was required Police must have clean shaves and so on. The dentist realized the importance of this discovery and determined which ingredient in the medication was improving the skin. Realizing that the ingredient could not be taken internally for long periods of time, the two men experimented with the formula in an attempt to apply it directly to the skin. It worked. It then took nine long years work to create a workable product and learn how to reach the market. . The dentist had a great discovery. Other uses for the formula arose in the same "chance" way that the formula was discovered. Women who bought the product for their husbands or boyfriends started trying it on ingrown hair problem they had from shaving, waxing, and having electrolysis on their legs, bikini lines, and underarms. Not only did they report to the dentist that the ingrown hair problems had cleared, but that the formula worked as an excellent underarm deodorant. And the rest is history……… Thank you for letting us tell our story. We hope you enjoyed it.