Face Skin Whitening – Active Ingredients in Skin Care

There are many different types of naturally occurring acids that are seen in face skin whitening. Some of these include kojic acid, which is distilled from rice during the sake making process, and alpha hydroxy acids[4], which are derived from fruit. Both of these natural products are utilized within the face skin whitening process either in topical creams, or sometimes in professional face peels that are performed by a licensed dermatologist. Because they can cause irritation in some individuals, it’s better to start with a lower concentration of this main ingredient before working up to the stronger formulas.

Another type of ingredient that is commonly used in face skin whitening is a substance called arbutin[3]. This occurs naturally within certain types of berries, such as mulberries and blueberries. Arbutin is useful because it inhibits melanin production, which is what is responsible for skin pigmentation. That is why most of the top face skin whitening products on the market will involve at least some percentage of arbutin. There are other inhibitors of melanin, however, that could be combined with this top active ingredient, including licorice and vitamin C[1].

Research[2] is constantly being conducted into the skin lightening process, along with anti-aging studies. These are all important in terms of what combination of ingredients is going to be best specifically for face skin whitening. It seems at the moment that the research is leaning towards antioxidants, which dermatologists have already been recommending to help combat skin cancer. It seems that the accumulation of free radicals in skin cells can lead to premature aging, cancer, and discoloration or darkening as a result of these factors. Therefore, choosing face skin whitening products that contain these types of ingredients can be beneficial on a great many levels.

Before purchasing any extra strength face skin whitening product, it’s a good idea to consult with your dermatologist first. There are a number of reasons why it’s not a good idea to put strong concentrations of acid on your face all at once, the least of which is that it can cause irritation. Some of the lower-quality skin lightening cream may also contain other harmful synthetics or ingredients such as lead, which needless to say can do a great deal of damage. For these reasons, it’s highly recommended to read the labeling carefully before beginning any program of treatment, and ask questions should you have any concerns.

Emily Peetlukes

Contributor: Emily Peetlukes (The Beauty Insiders)

This Article Has Been Published on August 7, 2010 and Last Modified on January 2, 2019

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