There are many treatments that one can use to lighten or whiten the skin. Of course there are treatments that dermatologists use, as well as there are treatments and remedies that you can use right in the comfort of your own home. Each individual will decide which road to take and which skin lightening treatment is best for them. Either way there is an option for just about everyone and ever budget.
Below we list some of our favorite and most effective skin whitening treatment options.
Skin Whitening Treatment Options
Retinoic acid is also known as vitamin A, and it has long since been used by dermatologists to help in boosting the growth of hair and skin, and even skin whitening in recent years. Vitamin A works because of its effect on the production of melanin by the skin. That is, it appears to slow the production of the hormone by the skin and thereby results in lighter skin. While it is true that some skin types (and even areas of the skin like the elbows, knees and neck) are predisposed to darker pigmentation, the use of vitamin A will help in making the skin lighter in appearance. Vitamin A (retinoic acid) is available in cream and ointment form.
Skin bleaches are usually pharmaceutical products that contain chemical compounds like kojic acid, vitamin C and hydroquinone. These combine to lighten the skin and give the user the results he or she desires. However, because pharmaceuticals can be strong and harsh (even when available without a prescription), there are some precautionary measures to consider.
For starters, never use a pharmaceutical (or any skin lightening cocktail for that matter) without first testing it on an area of the body like the arm. This will help you to see exactly how your skin would react before trying the product on your face. Secondly, the products should be used as directed. It is never a good idea to use more frequently than recommended by a doctor, dermatologist or the packaging itself. Doing so may result in skin irritations and in the end cause more damage than good.
Active ingredients such as hydroquinone can be harmful if overused or used incorrectly. Remember the aim is to even out your complexion and make it lighter. Overuse of skin lightening agents can result in the opposite effect – hyperpigmentation if one is not careful. Your best is therefore checking with your dermatologist before embarking on a new regime.
Lemon And Lime Juice
Lime and lemon juice (freshly squeezed) are great, natural options for skin lightening. Both juices exfoliate, cleanse and lighten the skin all at the same time. Best of all, lemon and lime juice can be combined with other natural skin whitening agents – like yogurt – in order to maximize results. The juices may also be combined with licorice extract, which is especially useful for cases of hyperpigmentation as licorice slows the production of melanin.
Milk is another natural skin lightening treatment. It works by removing dead cells, oils, and dirt build up from the skin. Milk provides a great base for a home base skin whitening cocktail. Its active ingredient is lactic acid, and it works to nourish the skin while lightening it.