Hydroquinone is the ingredient in many skin whitening cream. However, hydroquinone is a very controversial ingredient. Even though it is FDA-approved, there is a campaign to ban it in the US because of some possible side effects (it is already banned in many places like Japan and the EU).
For this reason, if you can help it, it is best to stick to natural ways to lighten the skin.
The good news is there are actually a lot of other safer and natural skin care ingredients that can erase hyperpigmentation and get rid of dark spots.
Here are some of the natural ingredients which you can use to make your skin lightening cream. They’re also used in many natural lightening products in the market.
Kojic Acid – Kojic acid is a very popular lightening ingredient because there are many independent research that prove it is effective. Kojic acid is now used ingredients in many whitening creams. This is in fact, one of the effective ingredients in Meladerm, the lightening cream we recommend on this site.
Papaya Extract – My aunt (this was in the 70’s – the 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. In the past 10-15 years, there have been a lot of products from soaps to lotions that has papaya extract.
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 process of getting a fresh lemon twice a day for a few weeks that is tiring. I don’t think a lot of people 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 show us before and after pictures just by using lemon alone).
Arbutin – Arbutin is called natural hydroquinone and is found in a mulberry, uva vursi, and bearberry extract.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E – These two vitamins have long been known for their anti-aging and moisturizing benefits. Regular use also lightens skin pigmentation and evens out skin tone.
Getting rid of hyperpigmentation 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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