Hydroquinone is currently the ingredient in many skin whitening cream. However, hydroquinone is a very controversial ingredient. Even though it is FDA-approved, there are some people who continue to campaign for the banning of this ingredient because of possible side effects. This is why if you can help it, it is best to stick to natural ways to lighten the skin.
Here are some of the ways to do this. These ingredients are used in a lot of natural whitening creams in the market.
Kojic Acid – What makes kojic acid very popular as a lightening ingredient is the availability of independent research proving that it lightens the skin. Because of this, Kojic acid is now one of the main ingredients in many whitening creams. This is in fact, one of the effective ingredient in Meladerm, the lightening cream we recommend on this site.
Papaya Extract – My aunt (this was in the 70’s – 80’s) used to spend hours in the bathroom with loads of papaya leaves. She would rub the papaya leaves all over her body to lighten her skin (she’s half asian). In the past 10-15 years, there have been a lot of products from soaps to lotions that has papaya extract in them. Many of these soaps are said to work well.
Lemon – If you have read a lot of articles on skin whitening, you probably already know that a lot of people recommend using lemon as a skin lightening ingredient. However, I have not actually known of someone who religiously rubbed lemon on her/his skin for a few weeks or months and got some results. Now, I do believe that lemon lightens the skin but it’s the whole process of getting a fresh lemon twice a day for a few weeks that can be rather tiring. I don’t think I will have the persistence to do it for 2 weeks straight let alone a few months.
There are however soaps and lotions, usually from Asia, that are lemon based. Just make sure that these soaps do not contain any other ingredients which could be potentially damaging.
On a Side Note: If you’re the type of person who can persist on rubbing lemon for a few months every single day, then do it (and please document yourself in the process so we can finally have someone who can shows us before and after pictures just by using lemon alone).
Arbutin – Arbutin is called natural hydroquinone and is found in mulberry extract, uva vursi extract and bearberry extract.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E – These two vitamins have long been known for their antiaging and moisturizing benefits. Regular use also lighten skin pigmentation and even the skin tone.
Getting rid of pigmentation or lightening the skin does not happen overnight. It takes 4 weeks to 6 months to see a significant difference depending on how severe your dark spots are. Be patient and regularly apply the cream and before you know it, you’ll be zapping away those dark spots in no time.
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Have you used a lightening cream with any of these ingredients? Please tell us about your own experience in the comments section below. Which one worked best for you?
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