Skin Whitening South Africa



Skin Whitening Products South Africa

The purpose of make-up is to hide imperfections. Plenty of women around the world use powders, liquid foundations, and creams to give their skin a fairer and more even appearance. While these products can improve the look of your skin, the results are temporary and rarely look natural. Users probably wish there was a way to actually improve the appearance of skin instead of merely covering it up, and skin brighteners may be the answer. Unfortunately, not all skin brighteners are safe or effective. Below is an in-depth look at these increasingly popular cosmetic products.


Skin whitening, skin lightening and skin bleaching refers to the practice of using chemical substances in an attempt to lighten skin tone or provide an even skin complexion by lessening the concentration of melanin. Several chemicals have been shown to be effective in skin whitening


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The Major Types and Causes of Hyperpigmentation

Uneven pigmentation that can make skin look dull is why the vast majority of women seek out a skin brightening product. There are three main causes of uneven pigmentation. The first is melasma, which is also commonly known as the mask of pregnancy. This condition is associated with patches on the face that are brown or tan in color. Although not dangerous, it can obviously be quite embarrassing for those affected by it. General hyperpigmentation is associated with dark areas that appear on the skin. This problem is caused by excess melanin in the body. Hyperpigmentation can occur during pregnancy, and is also associated with certain health conditions and the use of some medications. Sun exposure can lead to hyperpigmented areas on the skin or cause them to worsen. Probably the most common type of hyperpigmentation is sun spots, also known as liver spots or age spots. They can be black, brown, or grey in color, are not raised, and usually have an oval shape. Sun spots can range in size—some are no larger than a freckle, while others are over a centimeter wide. They are primarily caused by exposure to the sun, and are highly visible when they develop on fair skin.

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Hydroquinone: Dr. Bill Lloyd, M.D., a doctor who is highly knowledgeable about an array of healthcare issues, sums up the major risks of hydroquinone in the following statement: “Hydroquinone has been on the cancer watch list for decades, both because of animal studies (rats given tons of hydroquinone to ingest) and retrospective health surveys that compared cancer risks by occupation/environmental exposure.” Because of the cancer risk, the use of hydroquinone in skin brightening products is severely limited in the United States. Only very small amounts may be included in formulations. Other countries have gone even further, completely banning hydroquinone use in over-the-counter products.

Kojic acid: This is a harsh irritant that can cause a number of adverse effects, including inflammation, soreness, redness, and itchiness. Over time, skin may also become more sensitive. Using products containing kojic acid in conjunction with ones that contain salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, or retinol can increase the potential for and severity of adverse reactions.
Mercury: Most countries have banned the use of mercury in skin whitening products, and for good reason. It not only has the potential to irritate skin, but can also harm the nervous system and vital organs, including the brain and kidneys. Expectant mothers who use products containing mercury can also cause harm to their unborn children.

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