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Nail Whitening Pencil
Leukonychia: Possibly could be something called leukonychia. Its a harmless white discoloration of the nail caused by minor trauma to the nail during its development. I would recommend evaluation by a podiatrist or dermatologist to be on the safe side as many diseases can cause nail changes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Right hand 2nd finger from thumb. On the knuckle just below the finger nail I have a infection the size of a pencil eraser . Been there for 8 years. I?
Wrong question: Start over. You have not had an "infection" there for 8 years. Wart? Myxoid cyst? Better to describe it than to assume an infection. ...Read more
Whitening toothpaste: All whitening toothpastes rely on being more abrasive to remove superficial stains from coffee, tea, cigarette smoke etc. They do not contain any whitening ingredients.While they may help initially, continued use can make the teeth darker as the outer lighter color is worn away revealing the darker inner structure. Also may make them more sensitive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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I doubt it: Glutathione taken by mouth has no therapeutic value.....not useful to treat any medical conditions. So you are just wasting your money on this medication. ...Read more
What is the effect of skin whitening products on the skin? Should it be encouraged or discouraged?
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. ...Read more