Many of us had to deal with various skin conditions, from the simple pimples, to the annoying dark spots, dark marks and hyperpigmentation. Not only they don’t look nice, but they may have a negative impact on our self-esteem too.
It’s only natural that one is going to want to improve skin appearance by getting rid of hyperpigmentation. For instance, vitiligo is a skin complication that may influence your skin pigmentation, and skin bleaching is one of the solutions that you can try.
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What is skin bleaching anyway?
Skin bleaching treatments are typically developed by dermatologists and doctors. No matter the skin lightening treatment that you’re planning to use, you should always check it with a professional at first. It’s not impossible for the skin bleaching treatment that you chose to cause some negative effects such as hypopigmentation, long term skin sensitivity and even increased risk for skin cancer.
Skin whitening is a popular method among the famous African-American people too. It’s quite common to see nowadays black celebs whitening their skin, even though the phenomena didn’t always get the positive reviews. Keep in mind that this special category may not have the same solutions as the rest of us, so scroll down for a closer look on that too.
Skin bleaching methods
The most popular method when it comes to skin whitening refers to skin bleaching creams, with prescription or over-the-counter. They present various levels of efficiency and it’s the combination of the ingredients that makes them more/less powerful.
You may also consider using some skin whitening soaps that, even if they don’t give results overnight, they still are proven to increase your chances of whitening your skin. Check for the soaps that are made with Kojic Acid or Papaya. Both of these natural ingredients are known to brighten skin and they’re gentle on skin as well.
Keep in mind that many of the effective skin lightening products do gave side effects, risks and dangers for your skin. This warning applies especially for the sensitive skin or for the situation when you’re using it excessively. Permanent bleaching, skin irritations, allergies, rashes and skin burning are only few of the most harmful effects of skin bleaching products.
This is why you should also consider the natural ingredients when you’re aiming for a whiter skin. Even though they’re not as powerful or able to work as fast as the commercial ones, they may still brighten your skin better than expected.
Bleaching your skin in a natural way
Exfoliation refers to the removal of dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. A scrub made of some honey and sugar may work amazingly, as sugar is a natural abrasive. On the other hand, honey is medicinal and gives your skin a nice, shiny glow. You may use this scrub twice a week for better results.
Once you’re done with your skin’s exfoliation, you may proceed with the next step: moisturizing. You may try a natural moisturizer containing almond oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil. Moisturizing your skin protects it against drying and keeps the harmful environmental conditions away from your skin. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too as this is going to maintain your skin supple and soft too.
Cleaning is the last step to take when you’re determined to bleaching your skin. You need to wash your body and face every morning and evening so that you remove dust and germs that cause your skin pores to block. Otherwise the natural skin’s excretion mechanism would stop, therefore washing twice a day will help with that process. Let’s not forget that washing also relaxes your skin, minimizing risk for wrinkles later on.
Important rules and tips
There are many small mistakes that you may be doing while trying to bleach your skin, thus causing some unpleasant side effects. Here are some important things to keep in mind, especially if you’re trying to bleach your skin at home, in a natural way.
- Stay away from the natural ingredients that you know that you’re allergic to. They may irritate your skin and cause itching too.
- Never try to bleach a damaged, burned or wounded skin
- Skin and allergy test do matte so it’s fundamental that you do make a patch teste before trying a bleaching product. Take a bit from that product and apply in an area that cannot be seen.
- It’s best to cover your eyes with some cucumber slices while the rest of your face is covered with the skin bleaching product
- Always remove any face makeup before you apply the skin bleaching product
- No matter the skin bleaching method that you’re using, always finish the whole process with applying your typical moisturizer.
Not only these ruled matter when applying some bleaching products, but also some useful tips should be considered:
- Make all the preparations that you need for your skin. Prepare physically and psychologically before you decide on the method. The solutions are so many: skin whitening pills, natural skin bleaching methods, skin lightening cream. It’s better to double check when combining them as they may cancel each other’s effects.
- Take a closer look at the ingredients that are in the skin bleaching product that you’re thinking to use. You may also want to check the before and after pictures provided by the manufacturer. Get all the information you need before making the final call.
What works the best for the African-American skin
There are many ways to bleach your black skin. Most skin bleaching creams include compounds that block the formation of brown skin pigment, causing melanin to wear off. The result is obvious: a whiter skin.
You may don’t know it, but some antioxidants that you take for body detoxification present side effects, one being the ability to block the melanin production. Glutathione is such a supplement that has a side effect like that. Consuming large amounts of this type of supplements is going to cause a fair lighter skin as well.
Gone are the days when hydroquinone was the most effective ingredient for skin bleaching. It has plenty of side effects (dry skin, skin cancer, skin sensitivity and skin rashes) so you may want to give it a second thought when taking it.
The list of natural ingredients that bleach black skin is very long: Vitamin A, vitamin C, B3 and all sorts of natural plants (licorice, Aloe Vera, emblica). Plenty of fruits add on this list (oranges, papaya, lemons) and they’re safe to use on all skin types too.
Some celebrities are using skin lighteners with steroids, but they’re not sage as they may also have a bad influence on your body’s immune and defense mechanisms. Stay as far as you can from anything containing mercury when you’re trying to bleach your skin. The metal is highly dangerous and may settle in your skin, nervous system and kidneys, leading to major health issues.
Surgery, laser and chemical peels are also options for bleaching your skin. There are also very strong creams that contain drugs that inhibit production of melanin. You should also wear sunscreen when using this type of creams as UV and UVB radiations are harmful for the skin.
Some natural remedies to try at home
If you want to use some natural skin bleaching products, you only need a couple of things from the kitchen and a bit of patience to make the final product
- Lemon bleaching
Lemon is a natural skin bleacher that bleaches skin and minimizes blemishes and skin issues like freckles.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon borax
- 1 tablespoon sugar
You start by putting the lemon juice in a small bowl. Continue by adding borax and sugar, mixing them very well in the juice. you may use the mixture right away, applying it all over your face and neck with a clean applicator brush.
Leave the mixture on your skin for 20 minutes or so and wash it well when the time’s up. Even though this is a natural solution, it may dry out your skin. This is why, for best results, you should apply a moisturizer before and after applying the mixture.
You may keep the mixture for three straight days.
- Oatmeal bleaching
Here’s what you need:
- 2 tablespoon ground oatmeal
- 2 tablespoon Lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
You should mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Apply the mixture on your skin and let it dry on your skin. 15 to 30minutes may be enough for the mixture to work. Use some cold water when time’s up for cleaning your face.
For best results, it’s wise to not let the skin dry completely, but to maintain it a bit moist, applying moisturizer to minimize dryness.
You should apply the mixture twice a week until you notice your skin bleaching.
No matter which method you decide to use for skin bleaching, keep in mind that it has to be adjusted to your skin’s needs. Stay on the safe side and talk to a dermatologist first and don’t hesitate to ask for help in case of any side effects.