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what is the effect of skin whitening products on the skin? should it be encouraged or discouraged?

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Dr. James Newman
29 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Sun block is key: Skin lighteners such as kojic acid, hydroquinone, and plant extracts should only be used if proper sun protection is used. Over the counter products are safe and generally contain 2% kojic acid which limit their effectiveness. They work by blocking the production of melanin which is the natural pigment in the skin cells. Always check with a dermatologist to make sure there are no contraindications.
Answered on Nov 2, 2016
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