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Danger In A Jar: Hidden Consequences Skin Lightening Products
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Danger In A Jar: Hidden Consequences Skin Lightening Products

Skin lightening products have been used for centuries in the quest for beautiful skin. But many women fail to realize the potential danger hidden within common skin bleaching ingredients found in some over-the counter products. This article will point out the ingredients to be aware of when choosing a treatment for hyperpigmention.


The use of skin lightening creams is widespread in many parts of the world, especially in Africa and Asia. In a quest to achieve the lighter and brighter skin that is admired, people have been using creams without considering the ingredients could have hidden consequences.

Some of the ingredients within these cosmetic treatments contain elements which block melanin. Melanin is more prevalent in darker skinned women of various backgrounds and is often used by them in daily beauty regimens.

These skin lightening products are sold in various neighborhoods throughout well-known supermarkets and drugstores. These products are used by women of all ages and economic classes because they are so affordable and can be bought without a doctors prescription.


The most common consequences are:

- skin irritation

- discoloration

- swelling

- itching

However, recent studies show an increased risked for skin cancer for darker skinned women who use skin bleaching products.


A key ingredient in many skin lightening creams and serums is ‘hydroquinone’. This ingredient has been banned in several countries such as South Africa, Australia, Japan and throughout the entire European Union because of its known ability to reduce melanin production. Melanin is the skins natural defense against harmful UVA and UVB sun rays.

One of the other ingredients that could be potentially harmful if used in large dosages without a prescription is Retin-A. Retin-A is made from a powerful well known antioxidant, Vitamin A. But Vitamin A can be toxic to the body if absorbed in large amounts and without supervision of a dermatologist.


With use of any skin lightening cream, whether purchased through a drug store or prescribed through a dermotologist, it is important to use proper protection with the use of a sunscreen. Make sure this sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB rays in order to be effective. Also reserve all skin lightening product use to night time before going to bed. This is the best time of day because the skin repairs itself at night and there is no risk of sun damage.

In order to avoid using chemicals and man-made creams to lighten the skin, you may want to try using natural remedies for hyperpigmentation. Your skin is precious and deserves the best treatment possible. Find out all your options before making a decision that could put your health at risk.

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