Skin Lightening Treatments
|Skin may appear darker than normal and may be blotchy, uneven areas, or patches of brown to gray discoloration or freckling. |
Skin pigmentation disorders occur because the body produces either too much or too little
melanin, a pigment produced by melanocytes. Increased melanin production, also known as hyperpigmentation, is often referred to as melasma (general term describing darkening of the
skin), chloasma (discolorations caused by hormones) or solar lentigines (darkened spots on
the skin caused by the sun). In addition, hyperpigmentation can be caused by skin damage,
such as remnants of blemishes, wounds or rashes.
Skin-lighteners (like bearberry leaves extract and undecylenoyl phenylalanine) inhibit melanin tyrosinase or melanotropin and reduce or block some amount of melanin production.
Many treatments use a combination of topical lotions or serums containing melanin-inhibiting ingredients along with a sunscreen, and a prescription retinoid. Depending on how the skin responds to these treatments exfoliants, either in the form of topical cosmetic or
chemical peels, and lasers may be used.
Is Hydroquinone dangerous?
I personally would stay away from hydroquinone just because of the safety dangers and side effects associated with it. If all other countries have banned the use of hydroquinone in skin care products, that should tell you something about its long-term safety. For skin lighteners, chemical peels and vitamin C are possible alternatives.
While hydroquinone is effective for fading dark skin discolorations, it should not be taken lightly because of its questionable safety.Anis Lacerte