All About Skin Lightening Cream
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Over the years, face cosmetics experts have come up with a variety of chemicals and substances that are all effective for whitening or lightening the skin. Some background about these substances is essential for anyone who intends to purchase the best skin lightening cream for improving the color and glow of their skin.
Mercury chloride and ammoniated mercury were widely used as ingredients of skin lightening creams. A precedent for this was set by Elizabeth I of England, who is reported to have regularly used mercury-impregnated creams to achieve her famous pale look. She is also suspected to have died of mercury poisoning as a result of her beauty regimen. So if you see the words “mercury” or “mercuric” or the symbol “hg” in the list of ingredients of the cream you are interested in, forget about it and look for something else.
Hydroquinone is another substance that is widely used in skin lightening creams, even in today’s developing countries. This chemical inhibits the production of melanin pigment, thus making the skin look lighter. Although proven effective for that purpose, there are indications that it also causes cancer. For this reason, hydroquinone-based skin whiteners have been banned in Europe. Hydroquinone-impregnated creams are now only sold in developing. Versions of the cream with a minimal two percent of hydroquinone are still sold over-the-counter in the United States. You might want to avoid using creams like this.
As an alternative to hydroquinone, azelaic acid (15 percent to 20 percent) is more promising because it has all the potency of hydroquinone for rendering a fair complexion without the imminent dangers. This type of skin lightener cream is extracted from grains such as wheat and rye. In concentrations of 20 percent, azelaic acid has been used to treat acne. It has also been found effective for treating skin discoloration as well as lightening the skin by inhibiting melanin production.
Plants like the bearberry and mulberry have been discovered to produce a substance known as arbutin, which is a derivative of hydroquinone. Although it shares in the effectively of hydroquinone for lightening the skin, there have not been any detrimental side effects detected so far.
Lactic acid has shown indications that it is effective both in exfoliating superficial skin where the discolorations and blemishes occur as well as in inhibiting melanin production. However, the usual way lactic acid is formulated for skin whitening is as an exfoliant.
A form of Vitamin C, specifically L-ascorbic acid, is known to have lightening effects on the skin. This is probably due more to its anti-oxidant properties than from any effect it has on inhibiting melanin. As a complement to Vitamin C, glutathione has been observed to whiten the skin.
Apart from a skin lightening cream, people may also avail of laser therapy to whiten their skin. This method usually involves removing the superficial pigmented layers of the skin so that the smooth layer beneath comes through to give a younger and more radiant look to the face.
Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel
Quickly diminish freckles, age spots and other unwanted pigmentation with Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel’s dual action formula. Hydroquinone, the strongest skin lightening agent available without a prescription, fades discoloration. AHAs exfoliate to improve the penetration of Hydroquinone and encourage cell turnover to accelerate the migration of dark spots to the skin’s surface where they can be lifted away. Additional features and ingredients:; Improves skin clarity and tone Anti-inflammatories Licorice and Allantoin ease irritation.