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Tuesday, March 1, 2016


I have heard people argued a lot about skin toning and skin bleaching and to my surprise people confuse skin toning and beaching from skin toning with bleaching creams. In this article, BOLA AKINBOADE-BELLO brings to you all you need to know about Skin Bleaching.

In cosmetics, skin toner or simply toner refers to a lotion or wash designed to cleanse the skin and shrink the appearance of pores, usually used on the face.

Skin bleaching refer to the practice of using chemical substances in an attempt to lighten skin tone or provide an even skin complexion by reducing the melanin concentration in the skin. Skin bleaching is a growing phenomenon around the world and it's becoming a bigger business. Now it's a multi-billion dollar business and all the biggest cosmetic companies sell products that are supposed to lighten your skin.

With names like "Skin So White," "White Perfect," and "White and Lovely," skin bleaching creams are becoming a popular -- and controversial -- part of many women's beauty routines. While many ignorantly buy creams to change their skin colors not minding the content of the cream they are using, effects of this venture can be shockingly alarming.

Every bleaching product contains two main chemicals, hydroquinone and mercury, both toxic. Hydroquinone is a chemical used for photo processing and hair dyes. Mercury is a carcinogen. These products both work in the short term to lighten the skin by stopping the production of melanin in the body. The more melanin you have in your body, the darker your skin.

Most skin bleaching products are meant to be used on small spots or scars on the body and not exactly all over the body which brings us to the effects it pose on the skin and your health generally. According to medics, the two toxic chemicals, Hydroquinone and mercury, react with ultraviolet rays and lead to more pigmentation and premature aging. Needless to say that when someone using these skin bleaching products notices the pigmentation he or she get tipped into more usage of the product? Now, the user has entered a vicious cycle. The more this product is used, the less melanin the body produces, and this leads to an increased risk for skin cancer.

Furthermore, continued use of hydroquinone, will roughen the skin, making it look like an uneven patch of colors with a spotted appearance. Also long-time mercury use will strip the skin of natural pigment and leave it with a gray/blue color in the folds of the skin. Mercury will eventually cause organ damage, which can lead to liver and kidney failure and mercury poisoning.

Before attempting  to use skin-whitening products, you should ask yourself if it is worth the risk.

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