Skin problems are almost universal. Men and women, children and seniors are all prone to skin conditions. Common skin problems could be rashes, dry skin, rosacea, acne and many others.
In this article, we will talk about just one type of skin condition: Dark Skin Areas.
Dark skin spots can be caused by a number of reasons. Hormonal changes from pregnancy or puberty are two of the biggest culprits of dark patches. Genetics can cause abnormally high production of melanin, which is the substance in the skin that creates color. Age and exposure to sunlight are other common causes of dark skin areas.
Location, Location, Location
Just like location is very important in real estate, the location of the dark skin areas you are trying to treat is just as important. If you are trying to treat exposed areas such as your elbows, lower arms or face you are going to want to use a different type of skin whitener than you would if you are trying to lighten your skin in more intimate areas.
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Do your Research
With all of the information on the internet these days, there is no reason for you not to get informed about any subject that interests you. Don’t just go to your local drugstore and pick up the first skin whitening product you find or the clerk recommends. Do you know what ingredients are in it? Do you know how those ingredients work? Are they safe for your skin?
Visit your Doctor
You don’t have to see your doctor to discuss whitening your skin but if you are unsure of the cause of your dark skin areas, it might be advisable to have a dermatologist take a look at your skin to make sure there isn’t an underlying medical condition for your problem. He or she may also be able to point you in the direction of a good product, but remember to still research the ingredients carefully. Regardless of what your doctor tells you, it is not a good idea except for extreme circumstances to use any product containing hydroquinone
There is no reason to use harmful chemicals on your skin just to lighten it. In the past few years, there has been a lot of breakthroughs in research and many products now contain only natural ingredients in their skin lightening cream. While it is true that using only natural ingredients can make the lightening process take longer, when the trade off is your health and safety this should be an easy choice.
Some effective natural ingredients to look for your in Skin Whitening Products:
- Kojic Acid
- Mulberry Extract
- Licorice root
It should be painfully obvious that applying harmful chemicals to your skin is not healthy. Unfortunately, many people do just this. Some do it unknowingly by using a bad product (more about that below) and others use skin whiteners with chemicals because they feel it will work faster. While they may indeed work faster, the long term health risks are not worth it. Avoid any skin bleaching products containing hydroquinone, mercury or topical steroids.
Research the Company
Probably one of the most important things to do when choosing a good natural skin whitening cream is to make sure you research the company. Do they get good reviews online? Where do they make their cream?
Things to look for:
- Where is the product made? Hint: Only buy products made in the USA, Canada or parts of Europe. These countries and areas have the strictest standards. An FDA approved facility if buying in USA is the best bet.
- Does the manufacturer list their active ingredients? If they don’t have a list on their website – or even worse don’t have a website then don’t even consider the product. The company is either hiding the ingredients because they don’t want you to know or they don’t have faith in the cream.
- Reviews. You will have to look carefully at reviews for any skin lightening cream you are considering. People are naturally impatient so this topic tends to get more negative reviews because people haven’t taken the time needed to let the cream do it’s job. Still, if all you can find are negative reviews then that might not be the right product for you.