Bleaching Your Skin – A Checklist

Before attempting to use any product for bleaching your skin, there are things you should know as well as things you should do to ensure good results without health risks. Bleaching your skin involves inhibiting melanin, the substance which allows lighter skin to tan, dictates the color of your hair and eyes, as well as regulating the colors or tones in your skin. Unfortunately, bleaching your skin is not a natural process, so some methods can be more harmful than helpful in terms of lightening. As such, before bleaching your skin with any product, natural or pharmaceutical, you should review the following checklist.

Before Buying Products for Bleaching Your Skin

  1. Research the active ingredients used in the product you select.
  2. Determine the amount of time and effort you are willing to devote to the process of bleaching your skin.
  3. Talk to a medical professional, physician, or pharmacist about various methods available for bleaching your skin.
  4. Determine if you want to use natural or pharmaceutical products for Bleaching Your Skin naturally.

When Selecting Products for Bleaching Your Skin

  1. Pay attention to the concentration of ingredients used in the product. High concentrations of hydroquinone have been linked to cancer. Likewise, some studies suggest using kojic acid in high doses for bleaching your skin may also be linked to cancer.
  2. Look for active ingredients and compounds (such as hydroquinone) that you should avoid for health risk concerns.
  3. Look for products for Bleaching Your Skin that offer some form of guarantee so if it doesn’t work you can get a refund.

While Bleaching Your Skin

  1. Carefully follow all instructions and precautions listed when bleaching your skin with any product.
  2. Watch for signs of excessive irritation or allergic reaction. Many active ingredients in common products used for bleaching your skin are known to cause skin irritation. This is normal. However, excessive irritation or signs of hives or other allergic reactions indicate a poor product selection for your skin type or body chemistry.
  3. Give the product time to work. Skin lightening does not happen overnight. Provided you are not experiencing negative side effects, keep using the product for several weeks before deciding whether it is indeed working.

This checklist will not guarantee positive results when bleaching your skin. However, it can help you avoid common problems associated with skin lightening products and procedures. It can serve to remind you to use these products responsibly.

Emily Peetlukes

Contributor: Emily Peetlukes (The Beauty Insiders)

This Article Has Been Published on October 22, 2010 and Last Modified on February 16, 2018

Emily is a dreamer who was born to run wild and free; a traveler who is always on the move collecting research and experiences from different people and cultures from all over the world. Her love of writing comes naturally, and she finds it a great way to share stories, advice and information from her life experiences. Emily is a certified life coach, a dating expert and has a wide range of knowledge from health and fitness, adventure and traveling, sex and relationships as well as beauty and culture. She hopes to continue to share her passion of writing with the world through future projects including books, novels, articles and blogs. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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