What You Need to Know About Skin Whitening – Part 3
In the prior segments of this series, we’ve gone over how skin whitening works and examples of the types of skin whitening beauty products available. Now it is time to talk about possibly the most important part: safety. While skin whitening treatments can produce fabulous results to give you that glowing, even-toned skin, if skin whitening is done wrong, you could potentially face both short- and long-term skin damage. Whether or not you are working with a dermatologist, you should not begin any skin whitening treatment without thoroughly researching the products and their effects.
What to Think About and What to Watch Out For
Some skin whitening treatments will promise fast results – and you will get them, but at severe long-term cost to your skin and health. An even complexion is not worth poisoning your body or causing permanent damage to your skin. Many of the safer skin whitening treatments are sometimes more expensive, so be sure you are prepared for the cost that comes with completing this process safely. If you cannot afford it, you may want to consider other options rather than do something harmful.
Some say the pills and other products that contain metathione and glutathione are better for you, because metathione and glutathione are powerful antioxidants that already occur in your body naturally. You will also likely find vitamin C being included in these products, as Vitamin C increases glutathione’s effectiveness.
Hydroquinone is a main ingredient in many skin-whitening products, and there is some debate about its safety. Some research indicates that, when used in a small dosage, complications arising from hydroquinone are minimal, so be sure you are not using a product with a high concentration of hydroquinone.
Be aware of the potential side effects of any skin-whitening product you are considering. Are the benefits of the product worth risking the side effects? For example, a common result of skin bleach is a condition called ocronosis, which is persistent acne.
Be aware of what the side effects actually entail. For example, say you are willing to risk ocronosis in order to get the lightened skin results bleaching offers. Would you feel the same if you knew that not only is it fairly common to develop ocronosis but that, thanks to ocronosis’ ability to drop into your dermis, it is very difficult to remove? By not only finding out what the side effects are, but also what those side effects actually mean to your skin in the short and long term, you will be better able to make an informed decision about which skin whitening beauty product to use.
This way, you hopefully will not be blindsided by any reactions or new problems that would have caused you to make different choices if you were aware of them prior to choosing a skin whitening product. This is also a great reason to consult a dermatologist, as these professionals will be aware of potential side effects and can help you understand what you can expect to experience on your safe quest to lightening problem skin areas and achieving that beautiful, even-toned complexion.
Most people considering skin whitening products and treatments are looking for an option that will provide fast results. It is only natural to want to correct areas of darker pigmentation and obtain an even complexion as quickly as possible. However, it is a far better course of action to take the time to fully understand the ingredients, potential results and possible side effects of each product you are considering. This will allow you to make an educated decision that will help you in achieving the lasting skin whitening you desire in a safe and effective manner.