Skin bleaching creams reduces the melanin in the body and causes a lot of damages to the the skin like redness, intense irritation, dark grey spots, skin cancer, acne, eczema, etc. Bleaching the skin does not get rid of the melanin permanently because the skin is constantly being renewed and included formation of new melanin by its producing cells known as melanocytes.
Bleaching the skin also causes internal and external effects due to the mercury in some products. It also causes skin pigmentation which builds up knuckles on the elbows, knees, fingers and toes, causing them to look darker and mismatched. The face becomes thinned around the eye and ear areas.
Some people use illegal ointments containing toxins like mercury, which is a metal that blocks production of the melanin, that gives the skin its colour. Bleaching agents causes burnings, itching, body odour and dryness. Some bleaching drugs like hydroquinone contain ingredients which have carcinogenic properties that can harm the skin.
The drugs may also increase cancer risks. When hydroquinone is used in doses higher than 2% or a period longer than 3 months, the whole skin lightening will have negative effects even paradoxical results with higher concentrations of the drug.
Side Effects Of Bleaching The Skin
- Dark grey spots
- Skin cancer
- Swelling of the skin
- Thinning of the skin
- Setting down of fat on face, chest, upper back and stomach
- Increase in appetite and weight gain
- Neurological and kidney damage due to high level of mercury used in the creams
- Psychiatric disorders
- Severe birth defects
- Liver damage
Bleaching after facials takes away the glow on the face. It is better to use home made toning agents because they are natural and very safe and affordable. One of the important homemade bleaching agent is Lime juice, a citric acid that is a natural bleach and helps one have a lighter skin, without any side effect. They have no side effects at all and can be used regularly but may take a little while before working on the body. Examples of homemade bleaching agents are:
Lime juice and honey paste
Tomato and lime juice
Olive oil and sugar paste
Orange peels and milk cream paste
Carrot and lime juice paste.
Tumeric and lime juice