Individuals may experience discoloration or darkening of the skin due to genetics, sun exposure, certain medications or hormonal changes. Patches of discoloration are usually the result of overactive or higher amounts of melanocytes--the cells responsible for producing skin pigmentation . Changes in the appearance of your skin should be examined by a doctor to rule out medical causes or more serious underlying conditions. However, dark areas of the skin that are not of medical concern can be lightened at home using products that contain glycerine.
Look for skin-bleaching or skin-lightening products that contain glycerine, as this is a moisturizing ingredient that will help protect the skin and even out skin tone. These products can be purchased at most grocery stores, drugstores or natural health stores.
Or you can make your own using one of these simple recipes...
--Mix 1 tsp. sodium tetra borate with 2 tsp. glycerine and ¾ cup rose water. These products can be purchased at most drugstores or natural health stores. Using a small dry applicator, apply to skin daily and rub on affected area in small circular motions.
-- Combine freshly squeezed lemon juice with 1 tsp. glycerine and apply mixture to the affected skin in small circular motions. Leave the solution on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Repeat twice daily until you achieve the desired results.
After a week of daily applications move on to maintenance-- only apply 1-2 times a week.
After application be sure to protect the skin with sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher, as lightening creams will leave the skin more vulnerable to UV rays from the sun.
If your skin appears red, irritated or swollen after applying skin cream, discontinue use and consult a doctor.
Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.