What is skin whitening?
A cosmetic technique that is used to receive an even tone of the skin is called skin whitening. This procedure works by controlling or reducing the amount of melanin in the skin. Hyperpigmentation leads to uneven skin tone and forms dark patches on the skin. Age spots and melasma can cause dark areas of skin. Skin whitening techniques can help to fade out these defects.
Who can perform skin whitening procedures?
Well experienced and qualified Dermatologists and Cosmetologists can perform skin whitening procedures. Depending on the skin type of the patient they suggest appropriate treatment options. Dermatologists can also perform laser skin whitening procedures.
What is the treatment for skin whitening?
Prescribed skin whitening creams are known as bleaching creams, whiteners, brightening creams. They work by reducing the melanin pigment in the skin and may contain the following medicines:
- Corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone
Laser skin lightening - laser techniques can be useful to lighten the dark patches of the skin. The laser technique helps in damaging the cells that produce melanin or removing the outer layer of the skin.
Can diet help in skin whitening?
Actually the overall health of the skin depends on the nutrition and diet that the body receives. It is essential to follow and maintain a healthy balanced diet to achieve beautiful skin. This can be accompanied by the use of required nutrient supplements and cosmetic products.
What are the preventive tips for skin whitening?
Following are few of the preventive self-care tips that can prevent the formation of dark spots on the skin:
- Avoid sun exposures for a longer time
- Apply sunscreen lotion daily
- Cover the skin with protective clothing such as hats, long sleeves, and sunglasses.
- Follow skincare routine
- Clean the skin regularly
- Avoid aggressive scrubbing
- Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking tobacco
What are the side effects of skin whitening techniques?
Few of the side effects that may appear after undergoing skin whitening techniques. This may depend on the type and sensitivity of the skin. Side effects include:
- Rashes and burns
- Itchy skin
- Skin sensitivity
- Skin dryness
- Change in the texture of the skin
- Hyperpigmentation or hyperpigmentation