What is a Skin Lightener Used For?

What is a Skin Lightener Used For?

By: bmbAdmin | 29 Feb 2012

Contrary to what you may think using a skin lightener is not to make you look “whiter”. There are many reasons that a person may want to try using one. Sometimes your skin can be discolored and splotchy. With age and with daily exposure to the environment your skin tone can become uneven and hyperpigmentation can occur.

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is when your skin becomes darker because of an increase of melanin within the skin. This is caused for many reasons, sun damage, inflammation, and other skin injuries which includes those caused by Acne. A good skin lightener can help even out your skin tone and remove the color effects left from scars and these other general discolorations.

You also may want to use a lightener to lighten freckles or age and liver spots. Though you can use a skin lightener to give you an overall lighter complexion. This process is longer and only comes with regular and regimented use of a skin lightener.

What kind of product should I avoid?

There are many products on the market today for skin lightening but many can be harsh and do even more damage to the skin. You may want to avoid products which use Hydroquinone. This ingredient has been banned in Europe and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering banning it in the US. Also anything which uses Mercury salts as mercury is a very dangerous to your body.

http://www.sharecare.com/question/which-skin-lightening-products-safe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperpigmentation

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1068091-overview

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