A 26-year-old member asked:
how does skin whitening work?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Morris Westfried answered
45 years experience Dermatology
Bleaching cream: Different chemicals are used in cream or as part of chemical peel to decrease the melanin in skin including hydroquinone, kojic acid, coffee berry extra t. The prescription products will also contain a retinoid to increase penetration.
Answered on Feb 12, 2012
Dr. Bryan McIntosh answered
18 years experience Plastic Surgery
Melanin: Melanin is the pigment which gives skin its color. Melanin produced in discreet areas results in darker spots in those areas. Skin lightening agents, such as hydroquinone, work to block production of melanin so that the skin gradually loses its pigment and lightens over a period of time while hydroquinone is used.
Answered on Jun 10, 2018
Dr. Francisco Agullo answered
19 years experience Plastic Surgery
Inhibit melanocytes: Hydroquinone, the most commonly used skin lightner, inhibits melanocyte metabolism. Melanocytes produce the pigment of the skin.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. Otto Placik answered
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Bleaching agents.: There are a variety of techniques which vary from removing existing pigment to other medications which inhibit the development of pigment. Clearly sine posture is strictly prohibited.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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