Do Whitening Lotions For Skin Actually Work
By Angela Sanders Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:05 AM EST
As a woman there are probably many things you wish you could change about the way you look. Most women wish that they were thinner or had curly hair or straight hair some wish they were taller or shorter. One of the other items that women want to change about themselves is the color of their skin. Many want their skin color lighter than what it is. This is where the topic of whitening lotions comes in.
What Are Whitening Lotions
Whitening lotion for your skin is a lotion that works towards changing the color of your skin. What these lotions actually do is reduce the pigment in the skin, which is called melanin. When this happens the skin color will lighten. Some will find that the color will change just slightly while others will find that it changes completely. This treatment can be used to treat skin spots such as liver spots or age spots as well as scars that are from acne. Most of the time, these lotions are used to lighten the skin that is naturally dark.
What Makes These Products Work
These skin lightening lotions work through certain ingredients found in the lotion. It will only work on the areas that are applied directly too. One of the most common ingredients that are used in skin lightening lotions is called hydroquinone. This is usually found in the amount of two percent when purchased over the counter. However a dermatologist can give a prescription for a lightening cream that is double that amount. There are also skin-lightening lotions that are all natural and better for your skin. Of course it is always recommended to check with your doctor before using any of these products.
Some women confuse skin lightening with skin bleaching. These should not be compared as the same thing. Skin bleaching involves more risk. This is a treatment that will work to even out your skin tones and colors. These can also be purchased over the counter and through a prescription but should be used with caution. This is because some of these skin-bleaching products include mercury as one of the ingredients. This can be a toxic ingredient that can cause kidney problems as well as neurological problems. If you are pregnant you should not use a skin lightener as you can pass the mercury poisoning on to the unborn child.
As with any medical procedure and/or product there are risks. With a skin lightening cream there are many risks that involve the skin. One of the most common risks is that of thinning skin. There have been reports of skin becoming so thin that just by touching it the skin bruises. Other risks involve kidney and neurological issues as well as many others.
As with any other product that can be purchased over the counter and through a prescription there are many risks that you need to be concerned about and many instructions that you need to follow. You should always check with your physician and never over use any product to get the result you think you should have.