When our skin looks great we hold our heads a little higher and we feel confident about our appearance. But when our skin is plagued with discolorations, that's very different. Freckles, aging, sun damage and dark spots are just a few skin traumas that hide our true elegance. So in an effort to have the inner beauty mirror the outer beauty, some people opt to use skin bleach to improve their skin imperfections.
How It Works
There are numerous skin discoloration problems and their causes are even more infinite. The logic behind skin bleaching is to lighten, rid, or improve dark areas of the skin. Small scars, age spots and other pigmentation problems, are a few of the skin flaws that can be improved with skin bleach.
Dark spots are created by cell groupings in the skin that produce excessive amounts of pigment. Skin bleach interferes with pigment production. (Pigment production is also known as the production of melanin). The melanin in skin is created by cells called melanocytes and it is responsible for giving the hair and the skin its color. So a skin bleach hinders the production of melanin.
The skin is left with an even skin tone, when the body is unable to manufacturer melanin to the treated areas.
Dangers Associated with Skin Bleach
There are two common products that are found in skin bleach: hydroquinone and mercury. They are both toxic chemicals. Hydroquinone can also be found in photo processing and in hair dyes. Of the two toxins, hydroquinone is the only product that the FDA will recognize as skin bleach. Products that have over 2 percent of hydroquinone may cause redness and irritate the skin. Skin bleach that contains mercury cannot be used for long periods of time. The mercury in the product will start to accumulate in the cells of the body causing mercury poisoning, which can lead to liver damage and kidney failure.
Hydroquinone and mercury, also cause the skin to be hyper-sensitive to sun rays, so it is very important that anyone using a skin bleach do so with caution.
Use should be discontinued after achieving desired results and the skin bleach should only be used on dark spots of the skin. It should never be used to bleach large areas of the skin.
Users should understand that skin bleaching does not work in the same way as bleaching hair or clothes. It is a very timely process. Results will not be seen instantaneously. Some results may take up to 4 to 6 weeks.