Let’s talk about skin lightening products, specifically about the ingredients in them and what they can do for you. It’s important that—whatever you put on your skin—you make sure it’s safe for you to use, that you use it properly and that it’s ideal for your particular skin. Skin lightening products are used for a variety of purposes, such as lightening dark spots, scars, freckles, etc, but there are those who use it to lighten their overall skin tone. If you’re interested in giving a skin lightening product a try, read the following for more information how to go about doing so.
Know What’s Legal
Certain ingredients, such as mercury, are banned in skin products in certain parts of the world. In some places, despite the products or ingredients being banned, there are those who obtain and use (or sell) them anyway. Before you use any skin lightening products, make sure to learn what’s legal where you live and what’s not.
Don’t Overuse the Products
There are some ingredients in skin care products that could lead to problems if you overuse them. Hydroquinone is one such ingredient, and whether or not it’s deemed safe to use varies depending on who you ask. However, there are many who feel that it’s safe, effective, and beneficial when used safely and in a proper manner. It’s essential to use any skin lightening product, and any other beauty product in general, as directed to avoid as many issues as possible.
Be Careful When You Use the Products
There are many who will recommend not using skin lightening products when you’re pregnant or nursing or even if you’re trying to conceive or think you might be pregnant. If you find that you’re pregnant while you’re using a skin lightening product, discontinue use immediately and contact your doctor.
Be Aware of Side Effects
There are benefits that one could find when using skin lightening products, such as a more even and brighter skin tone, but it’s essential that you do your research to learn about what the negative side effects could be of the particular products you’re thinking of trying. Depending on the products you’re using (and how much of them), negative effects could range from skin irritation to neurological issues, especially in terms of overuse or misuse of the products or if you’re having a negative reaction to the product.
We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to read labels when you’re buying skin lightening products. If the product has no label or it’s in a language you can’t understand, it’s best to leave it on the shelf. It’s especially important to pay attention to the ingredients list. While certain ingredients, such as kojic acid, that are often found in skin lightening products are often (but not always) written as they are, other ingredients may be written as a different form. For example, rather than saying “mercury” in the ingredients list, it may say something like “calomel” or “Mercurio”. Basically, if you’re not sure what a skin care ingredient is, do your research so you know for sure.
Lastly, and most importantly, never use a skin lightening product without being under the guidance of a dermatologist. This can ensure you’re using the product properly and that it’s right for your skin, and if there’s a problem, you have someone to immediately contact who already knows your skin and its history.