How To Bleach Your Skin Safely

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Published on February 14, 2014

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H o w HO ME ABO UT PRODUCT REVIEWS T o B r i g h t e CO NTACT Enter keywords... SKIN WHITENING ARTICLES How To Bleach Your Skin Skin Whitening Home Remedies Getting Rave Reviews Best Skin Lightening Cream By Xtendlife Skin Whitening Treatments – Risks And The answer to the question – how to bleach your skin – opens up a world of bleaching options that is very hard for the regular man and woman on the street to understand. Rewards If you are plagued by dark spots and other conditions of uneven skin tone, these “world of options” may leave you very frustrated as to how to come up with an appropriate regimen in your quest for clear, glowing complexion. Huffington Post- Top Anti-Aging Portal Here’s is where you can get a better understanding of “bleaching basics” and how you can reclaim a clear, glowing complexion. NHS UK – Skin Lightening Risks WebMD – Brighten Up Skin Wikipedia – Skin Bleaching Treatments There are many causes of skin discoloration. Luckily, no matter the cause of discoloration, the bleaching basics remain the same. The after-effects of skin inflammation is one of the most common reasons why skin discoloration occurs. An insect bite or chronic itching or some other type of skin trauma is all that is necessary to cause your skin to become irritated and eventually discolored. Even after the irritation is resolved, localized pools of skin pigments, a condition known as PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation), remains visible your skin. However, your normal skin tone ultimately determines the degree of skin discoloration you’ll experience. For instance, if you have an olive colored complexion. which is common among people of Mediterranean origin, your PIH will tend to be of a lighter tone. Basically, the darker your complexion, the darker the PIH will likely be. By extension, the darker the PIH, the more time it will likely take for any skin bleaching solution to get your skin tone back to normal. Hormones levels can also bring about skin discoloration. Melasma (sometimes called – the mask of pregnancy), fits this right in to this category. arbutin acne antioxidants Babassu bleaching calomel Clarins CoEnzy me Q1 0 collagen Crodamol OP Eden Diaz elastin Estee Lauder extrapone nutgrass freckles free radicals grape seed oil hy aluronan hy aluronic acid hy aluronidase hydroquinone keratin kojic licorice extract L’Oreal melanin melanocy tes mercuric mercurio acid mercurous mercury microdermabrasion natural whitening day cream phy tessence wakame retinoic acid skin brighetner skin lightening cream skin whitener Skin Whitening Forev er Book skin whitening home remedies steroids sun v itamin E whiter skin Xtendlife WP Cumulus Flash tag cloud by Roy Tanck requires Flash Play er 9 or better. When a woman is pregnant (or taking oral or patch contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications), the hormone estrogen can at times result in overactive pigment producing melanocytes. The result is brown blotches/patches normally found across the forehead, lips, nose, upper cheek and around the mouth. Exposure to sun can also be your foe if you have discolored skin. The sun actively plays a part in worsening the disparity between your normal skin complexion and the unwanted dark blotches you have. Perhaps those hours spent tanning has come back to haunt you. So unless you use a safe sunscreen, the sun’s UV rays are going to make your pigment-producing skin cells (melanocytes) overactive. Be it freckles, livers spots, the aftermath of old acne, skin trauma or hormones, the great news is that you can apply the same bleaching basics to whatever the source of skin discoloration. Here are some key basics to grasp: converted by

=> Basic Bleaching Terminology. Some people may use the terms bleaching, lightening and whitening interchangeably but the FDAactually makes a distinction. Currently the FDAonly recognizes hydroquinone as a “bleaching agent”. This means that many other ingredients found in products that make your skin fairer must be referred to as brighteners, lighteners or whiteners. => Where To Apply Skin Bleach. It should ONLY be applied to dark spots within areas that are well defined. If your discoloration is more widespread, such as might be the case with freckling, you ought to use a skin brightener that is safer to use in more widespread areas. => Avoid Normal Skin Tone. This is more common sense than anything else. You wouldn’t need to apply a bleaching agent to skin that isn’t affected by discoloration. => Stop After Getting Results. Cease bleaching when you have gained the desired skin tone. If not, you will end up with skin lighter than your normal complexion. => Sun Protection Is Essential. This point has been hotly debated. This is because there is a school of thought that says that the majority of sunscreens do more harm than good. Plus their use is usually not necessary since most of us work inside. Some health conscious people go for a skin whitening remedies that don’t contain sunscreen. However, if you are out and about in the sun a lot, then you may want to go for a natural sunscreen rather than the more conventional ones, to prevent the sun from darkening the areas you are working to lighten. Abroad spectrum SPF 30 natural sunscreen such as the ones found here should be applied daily and can be applied on top of your chosen bleaching or whitening treatment. => Results From Bleaching Takes Time. This is especially the case if the discoloration is very dark relative to your normal skin tone. It can take months or longer to get satisfactory results. In the past, the question – “how to bleach your skin,” was answered by applying the single ingredient approach. That single ingredient was hydroquinone, a staple ingredient in over-the-counter treatments. No more than 2% hydroquinone was (and still is) allowed in over-the-counter hydroquinone-based treatments. Prescribed treatments can have up to 4% hydroquinone. The problem with those treatments is three-fold; (1) they don’t work for everyone (2) they can take a long time to work (3) they were not well-rounded treatments. When you want to lighten skin two steps things have to be achieved at the same time. Not only should your treatment prevent unwanted melanin from forming in the first instance but your bleaching treatment should also remove current hyper pigmentation. This is what a well-rounded treatment does. As is always the situation that obtains in medicine, the more points in the physiologic pathway you can disrupt, the better and faster the improvement in the condition. The same is the case for skin bleaching. Skin pigmentation is ultimately forms based upon the actions of the enzyme tyrosinase which catalyzes the chemical production of melanin. Disrupt tyrosinase activity and you eliminate the possibility for more discoloration of the skin forming. Skin bleaching treatments have now advanced to the point where multiple ingredients are now included. The idea behind this is that the synergy of these ingredients would hasten and maximize results. You may endless variations of the following ingredients included in skin bleaching products: Hydroquinone is just one of many ingredients out there that is capable of inhibiting tyrosinase. But it has come under serious criticism for causing skin irritation such as ochronosis, an unusual darkening of the skin in the area that is being bleached. There and there have been concerns; some medical studies have stated that hydroquinone is a possible carcinogen and that it may affect fetal development. While over-the-counter skin bleaching treatments each only contain a maximum of 2% hydroquinone, while prescription treatments can only contain a maximum of 4%, hydroquinone’s use a bleaching agent in Europe and South Africa is forbidden. Here is a list of hydroquinone-based prescription treatments: converted by

=> Lustra – Contains 4% hydroquinone, 4% glycolic acid. => Lustra AF – Contains 4% hydroquinone, 4% glycolic acid plus SPF 15. => Alustra – Contains 4% hydroquinone and retinol. => Glyquin – Contains 4% hydroquinone, 10% glycolic acid, SPF 15 and is sodium metabisulfite free. => Tri-Luma – Contains 4% hydroquinone, 0.05% tretinoin and 0.01% fluocinolone acetonide (a potent steriod). Product must be discontinued after 8 weeks of use to prevent skin atrophy (thinning). If you are unwilling to use this substance, there are safer alternatives. Many of these products are plantbased and natural, with few side effects. While product specifics differ by manufacturer and individual product, arbutin, glycolic acid, kojic acid, lactic acid and vitamin C are all common ingredients in safe, all-natural alternatives to hydroquinone. Also commonly referred to as bearberry extract and extracted form the leaves of the bearberry shrub, the active agent is known as arbutin. It restricts tyrosinase activity and provides the same benefits as hydroquinone but without the concerns of the latter. Preventing the chemical reaction in which a sugar molecule is added to tyrosinase, disrupts tyosinase enzymatic activationand hence melanin formation. Dithiaoctanediol is added to skin whitening products to disrupt tyrosinase activity in this novel way. Mitracarpus scaber extract is a whitening substance derived from the leaves of this tropical plant. Similar to hydroquinone, it disrupts the actions of tyrosinase thus hampering melanin formation. The active substance present in Mitracarpus scaber extract is harounoside, a derivative of hydroquinone. While chemically related to hydroquinone, mitracarpus scaber extract is less irritating to the skin while still being an effective skin whitening agent. This substance disrupts pigment formation by blocking tyrosinase receptors on the melanocyte. In so doing so, melanin formation is disrupted. Licorice maybe something that can be eaten but it is also can be used in bleaching treatments. Glabridin is the main active ingredient found in treaments containing licorice extract. Glabridin disrupts pigment formation by preventing tyrosinase activity. An additional benefit of licorice extract is its purported anti-inflammatory properties Gluconic acid is a chelating agent, binding copper molecules necessary to activate the tyrosinase enzyme. Azeleic acid is derived as a naturally occurring byproduct of metabolism of the yeast Pityrosporum ovale. This substance is more popular for its use in acne treatment. Dermatologists do however make use of azeleic acid’s secondary effect, its skin lightening properties. Azeleic acid hones in on hyperactive melanocytes, rather than affecting areas with normal skin tone. Paper mulberry is another plant extract known to disrupt tyrosinase activity. It is considered safer than other substances used to inhibit tyrosinase and hence it is frequently incorporated into skin whitening treatments. The end result of fungal metabolism, kojic acid is widely used in South East Asia a skin lightening agent. Kojic acid disrupts tyrosinase activity. If kojic acid is used long enough, melanocytes lose their dendrites which lessens the ability of these cells to pass on any residual pigment onto the keratinocytes (most common type of skin cells). converted by

Not normally present in skin bleaching products, melatonin has had anecdotal reports of lightening hair follicles. It’s suggested that it may somehow affect cellular cyclic AMP rather than interfere with tyrosinase activity. Melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland in response to sunlight. Many types of topical Vitamin C have been shown to slow down melanin formation. These include lascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and sodium ascorbyl phosphate. Vitamin C play. Of course these substance play an antioxidant role as well such its ability to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin and enhance effectiveness of peels and microdermabrasion. So the substances mentioned above serve one part of equation, that is, to prevent the formation of skin discoloration from forming in the first instance. The other part of the equation is to get rid of skin patches already present. AHAs, BHA, retinoids and sutilains all work together to exfoliate discolored cells and consequently reveal the clearer, lighter skin that is hidden underneath. The active agent found in such medications as Retin A, Avita and Renova, tretinoin increases cellular turnover, hastening the exfoliation process, thus getting rid of skin pigment that has already pooled in the epidermis. By heightening the degree of cellular turnover, melanocytes don’t have as much time to pass melanosomes on to keratinocytes. If you are unable to get a prescription, retinol remains a good and highly available alternative. Look for products such as Poetry In Lotion (a product seen on Allure, Good Housekeeping and Oprah) can hasten epidermal exfoliation. Even though retinol is available over-the-counter, retinols is still powerful. Use with the same caution you would a prescription treatment as you don’t want to dry out your skin. Alpha hydroxy acids speed up cellular exfoliation. Glycolic acid and lactic acid are the two most widely used used for this purpose. AHAs are very often used in a bleaching regimen. Apart of the keratase family, which includes agents such as papain, sutilains melt away the intercellular cement, effectively dissolving the bonds which hold the cells together and easing the peeling away of the outer most layer of the skin (aka desquamation). Sutilains also enhances penetration of substances whose purpose is to lessen melanin production. Ok, perhaps you don’t want to use a skin bleaching that contains hydroquinone. Perhaps you are allergic to it; perhaps you are pregnant or nursing and concerned about ochronosis. So, a non-hydroquinone treatment such as Xtendlife Natural Whitening Day Cream may just be what the doctored ordered. This is the one of the most, natural non-irritant skin whitening treatments you can get. It contains safe ingredients such a babassu, grapedeed oil, extrapone nutgrass root and maracuja. You can also use a homemade skin whitening treatment. You get cannot get more natural that using a combination of regular food items (such as papaya, pineapple and pumpkin) to lighten your skin. Chemical or mechanical exfoliation is a great tool in your skin. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, superficial pigmented skin cells and dirt that regular washing doesn’t achieve. In so doing, it reduces melasma and allows bleaching treatments to bring about faster results. You have to be careful not to over-exfoliate as doing so can lead to skin irritation which in turn can lead to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Aexcellent exfoliating treatment is Physical Chemistry - a dermatology tested and approved product. It combines a chemical peel with microdermabrasion to help fight blotchy skin discoloration due to aging, freckles, melasma and sun damage. converted by

Here are some parting thoughts on how to bleach your skin. It is important that you give your regimen time to work, You are in this for the long haul. Follow all directions outlined on the product package or use as directed by your dermatologist. Before using any skin bleaching/whitening product, apply a small amount to an area of unbroken skin, and check the area within 24 hours for any serious adverse reactions. If the test area has serious blistering, itching, puffy or red, do not use the product and contact your dermatologist. Like Share One person likes this. Sign Up to see what your friends like. Skin Whitening Treatments – Risks And Rewards Category: Skin Whitening Articles Tags: arbutin, bearberry, chemical peel, exfoliation, hydroquinone, licorice extract, melesma, Mitracarpus Scaber, ochronosis, skin discoloration, tyrosinase Name (required) Email (required) Website (optional) Submit Comment How To Bleach Your Skin About Product Reviews Skin Whitening Home Remedies Getting Contact Skin Whitening Articles Rave Reviews Disclosure Policy Best Skin Lightening Cream By Xtendlife Privacy Policy Skin Whitening Treatments – Risks And Sitemap converted by

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