Dangers of Skin Lightening

Creams, pills, soaps, oils, gels, injections, chemical peels and lasers.

There are so many options available to you if you want to lighten your skin and the difference between most of them is your budget.

Many people want a lighter skin tone, they admire the “clean” look that ladies have when they bleach their skin and they lust after the attention this garners.

Even celebrities lighten their skin, if you compare a dark skinned reality star five years ago when her show just took off and today she probably looks brighter.

But is this trend safe?

The skin naturally produces a brown pigment called melanin.

Skin lighteners’ work by blocking the formation of this pigment on the skin and eventually the skin gets lighter.

Some foods that contain Vitamins C, A and B can naturally limit the production of melanin in the skin but it might take a while before you see the effect.

These foods include lemons, apples and even milk.

Due to the length of time it takes for these natural lighteners’ to work most people opt for synthetic products, which work faster.

Most of these products contain hydroquinone, which has been banned in numerous countries due to its harmful content.

Some other products contain steroids whose excessive use has been linked to type II diabetes and a compromised immune system.

Other products even contain mercury, which can lead to mercury poisoning. Mercury poisoning can lead a destroyed nervous system and kidney failure.

There are numerous risks linked to the use of Skin Lightning products and these are:

  1. Exposure to mercury.
  2. Premature aging of the skin.
  3. Increased risk of developing skin cancer.
  4. Increased risk of diabetes.
  5. Thinning of the skin.
  6. Skin discoloration and uneven skin tone.
  7. Increased risk of infections.

These are just a few of the health risks associated with skin lightening. People use other options such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments to lighten their skin permanently but these are the more expensive options available.

Photo by nenetus. Published on 25 September 2015
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