In general, many people feel more confident in themselves when they have a clear and a bright skin, and that is one of the main reasons why people tend to try using some skin lighting medications and bleaching skin products that are available in many international markets. People in many Asian countries, for example, do not cover their faces with surgical masks just because of air pollution. In fact, most of them do that to protect their faces from sunlight and to keep their skin bright and healthy away from the strong sunlight and the air pollutants that can be found in the atmosphere. People usually use bleaching cream on their faces so that they can have a brighter skin. What most people do not know is that in many cases, doctors sometimes prescribe bleaching cream for skin to their patients. Read down below to check the 7 stereotypes about skin bleaching creams that are not always true.
Many people may now think that bleaching creams that work fast may be dangerous or that they may have some side effects. In fact, that is not the case when it comes to many skin bleaching medications that are prescribed by doctors to many patients nowadays. Many doctors, for example, prescribe such medications to patients to treat them from post inflammatory pigmentations, which are dark spots that may appear on the skin after injury, accidents, or burns. In other cases, they can also be prescribed to treat discolored patches on the face, which is the case with pregnant women because of hormonal changes during pregnancy. So, bleaching creams have many uses for the local people. Of course, it is always advised to consult with a professional doctor before deciding to use any bleaching creams, as they may have different purposes for different causes and kinds of skin. But in general, skin bleaching is not as bad as many people think, as it can also be used to reduce the visibility of birthmarks, scars, and age spots, which help people gain more self-confidence and feel better about how they look. Here are 7 stereotypes about skin bleaching creams that are not always true.
1. Bleaching cream in Ghana can't cause cancer
As all of us may know, products can be different from one to another. There have been many skin-bleaching products in many African markets that were known for containing a highly toxic and carcinogen compound called hydroquinone, but the thing is that this compound is now banned by the Ghanaian Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), which makes most legal bleaching products safe to use. The (FDA) has decided to ban the compound as a matter of public safety, and Ghana is one of the first three African countries that started banning the compound seeing that there were many bleaching creams in Ghana beingg used by locals. Hydroquinone, in general, is a primary chemical in many skin-lighting products, and it is also banned in many other different countries including Japan and other European countries.
2. Skin lighting is purely cosmetic
Many people may think that skin-bleaching products are purely cosmetic, as they are only required to make the people who use them have a brighter skin, but that is actually not the case for many legal skin-bleaching products, as they are prescribed by dermatologists to patients who have suffered from burns, accidents, injuries, electric shocks, and even cold burns. No one likes to have a dark spot on his skin! Skin bleaching products are also used by many people in the Caribbean, India, and Africa, as many people may feel more self-confident knowing that they can look brighter after using bleaching skin cream for black skin. No one can deny that the overuse of such products without consulting a doctor first could be dangerous for some people, as bleaching cream side effects may take place and harm the skin after a period of time. After all, skin-bleaching products most probably contain different kinds of chemicals that could harm the skin if misused.
3. Bleach is involved in skin lightening
A lot of people think that skin-lighting products have bleaching compounds that do not differ too much from cosmetics, but skin-bleaching products actually work in a totally different way. They mainly work by reducing melanin, which is a dark pigment that is disrupted after using a skin-bleaching medication on a darker area of the body allowing the skin to lighten and to become more uniform. There are many different skin-lighting products, and sometimes they include exfoliants, which induce mild peeling of the skin allowing the skin to look brighter after a while. Other products may contain a little bit of everything to guarantee the fastest and most efficient effects on the skin, and that is also another reason why it is always better to consult a doctor first before using any kind of skin-bleaching products, as some people may have sensitive skin or allergies to some of the used chemical compounds.
4. Skin lightening does not have any side effects
Some users of skin-bleaching products may suffer from allergic reactions to the overuse of Hydroquinone, which is usually approved by the (FDA) to be used in lightening products with a percentage that does not exceed 2%. That is why dermatologists usually recommend the short use of lightening products to treat different kinds of skin disease. If overused, users may experience a red rash, itching, or dryness of the affected area of the body, which makes people very distrustful to the use of bleaching products due to their chemical ingredients. In addition, it has been proven many times after a lot of research that the medications which contain Hydroquinone could have carcinogenic properties that can harm the skin and the body and increase the risk of cancer. That is why such medications are now banned in Ghana, and can only be attained by prescription in the US and Europe. It is very important not to trust any skin-lightening product that is sold in the market, and it is definitely not a good choice to use such products for an extended period of time.
5. There are no consequences to abusing skin bleaching products
With a higher dose of hydroquinone, the risk is always higher. It cannot only cause blood cancer and other kinds of cancer that take place in the liver and kidneys, but it can cause a permanent skin damage that cannot be treated by any other means of treatment, as the skin can even get darker than before the skin-bleaching med was used. We have all heard of many celebrities with whom everything has gone wrong after trying to look white, but the corpse like skin color is obviously not the worst of it. It is very important not to use any skin-bleaching medication that contains Hydroquinone with a percentage exceeding 2%. It is also recommended by many international doctors and dermatologists not to use any skin-bleaching product for more than 3 months to guarantee not suffering from any dangerous side effects. Another negative reaction to the overuse of Hydroquinone is the darkening of other body parts including ears, toes, and fingers, which is definitely inconvenient for anyone no matter what. Many people have regretted that overuse of skin-bleaching products after suffering from their side effects.
6. There are no natural skin lighting products
Many people agree on the fact that natural treatments and herbs can cure anything, but it is just that chemical products could have a faster effect sometimes, and that is why a lot of people prefer to use them, although natural products are healthier to the body and rarely have any side effects. There are many natural remedies that could be used to lighten the skin, as there are a lot of naturally occurring agents with skin-lightening properties that can be found in natural products. Vitamin C, for example, is known for its skin lightening effects, and it also has many other medical and healthy uses including the treatment of flu and cold. In addition, some topical creams that contain Azelaic acid and the Chinese herb Cinnamomum Subavenium have many natural skin lightening properties. Nowadays, medical research has also proven that the extract of pomegranate and vitamin E can inhibit the production of the Melanin pigment, which is responsible for the darkening of the skin. Natural skin-lightening products may cost more than other ones, but you can at least guarantee using them without having to worry about any serious and harmful side effects of the chemicals used in other bleaching cream body products.
7. Home natural made products cannot be used to bleach the skin
If you are a big fan of DIY home remedies, then you can most probably make your own natural skin bleaching remedy at home. It may not be as effective as other medical products that are prescribed by doctors, but it will definitely be cheaper and healthier for your body and skin. If you want a bleaching cream to remove tan, then you can use potato and rose water bleach. Potato, in general, is a natural skin-bleaching agent that can also be used to remove blemishes and spots from your skin, while rose water will remove the tan from your skin while protecting it from strong sunlight. Peel off the skin of a potato and grate it into very small little pieces, and then add to it the rose water and preferably some drops of lemon juice. Mix all of them thoroughly into a good paste and then apply it for about 15 minutes on your face before you wash it off. Apart from these, there are other homemade remedies for skin lightening.