Whitening Ingredients – Synthetic versus Natural

If you’re thinking of using skin lightening creams you’re not alone. These are used by scores of people around the world to reduce blemishes, lighten skin, and feel better about their appearance. But many use these products without bothering to look at the actual whitening ingredients they’re composed of. Whether you’re looking at natural options or synthetic ones, learning about the most common whitening ingredients will help you not only understand how a product works, but which ones are worth using and which are well worth staying away from. Some whitening ingredients may actually be more dangerous than you even realize.

Among whitening ingredients in synthetic products, the most common is certainly hydroquinone. While it’s been used along with other whitening ingredients for years and does indeed reduce dark spots and blemishes, recent studies have found that hydroquinone may very well cause serious health issues to occur. Other whitening ingredients in synthetic creams could trigger skin reactions like itching, swelling, redness, and irritation. You’re better off in most cases to find a whitener that contains only all-natural whitening ingredients. They’ll give you the same results with less risk of problems.

Natural whitening ingredients usually include a variety of different things. Arbutin is among the most common of all the Whitening Ingredients, and it functions very closely to hydroquinone except it is totally natural and derived from the leaves of plants including mulberry, cranberry, and bearberry. Along with this, the extract from licorice is also common among whitening ingredients because it helps to impede the production of pigment within your skin. Most whitening ingredients in natural products also contain levels of Vitamins C and E since both of these can influence proper pigmentation while boosting the overall health of your skin.

There are plenty of other whitening ingredients you may spot in your cream as well. Kojic acid is one of the more popular ones today, and it too works like a natural version of hydroquinone, preventing the production of melanin in the body. You may spot Glycolic acid among the whitening ingredients, and this helps to even out discolorations within the skin while promoting better skin health. Bear in mind that some whitening ingredients may be natural but can still be harmful. Lemon juice is a perfect example, and while it will indeed bleach the skin, it can also dry it out tremendously and cause irritation as well. Knowing the whitening ingredients will help you find the best product for your skin.

Emily Peetlukes

Contributor: Emily Peetlukes (The Beauty Insiders)

This Article Has Been Published on February 20, 2012 and Last Modified on January 29, 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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