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My big toe nail is whitening. ..Is that something I should be concerned with?

My big toe nail is whitening. ..Is that something I should be concerned with?

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 more

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Are whitening strips really worth it?

Are whitening strips really worth it?

Yes and no: In order for whitening strips to work you need to apply them for many days however some patient become sensitive and they would have to stop. ...Read more

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What is the best toothpaste for whitening?

What is the best toothpaste for whitening?

None: Toothpaste itself will not really whiten teeth because it does not stay on long enough. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what is the best whitening toothpaste?

I'm wondering what is the best whitening toothpaste?

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 more

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What is the best and safest skin whitening ingredient ?

What is the best and safest skin whitening ingredient ?

Skin Lightening: The most effective and safest skin lightening cream is hydroquinone 4%. Higher doses may be carcinogenic. Obagi and kinerase have good versions of it. They can be purchased at a doctor's office. ...Read more

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Is it helpful if i tried dr james glutathione whitening tablets?

Is it helpful if i tried dr james glutathione whitening tablets?

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

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What is the effect of skin whitening products on the skin? Should it be encouraged or discouraged?

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