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Risk of mercury in skin lightening creams?

Risk of mercury in skin lightening creams?

Foreign-made only.: Mercury is tightly controlled and virtually absent from cosmetics made in the U.S., but some lightening creams made in other countries do have it. It's illegal to sell mercury-containing products in the states, but people buy them online from foreign retailers, or bring them into the country in their luggage. Never use creams of any kind containing mercury; it's very dangerous. ...Read more

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Skin Lightening (Definition)

This term is often used to reduce hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin. Topical creams can be used such as prescription strength hydroquinone and tretinoin. See your ...Read more


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Do the probable bad effects of sun protection creams remain permanently on skin? please introduce some brands of sun protection creams for blonde skin

Do the probable bad effects of sun protection creams remain permanently on skin? please introduce some brands of sun protection creams for blonde skin

No sun cream worse: If you cannot avoid sun between 10:00 am and 4:00pm, always use sun protection. They do not cause problems to your skin. For fair skin like you, use higher protection factors like 50. If you have oily skin look for brands that have a less oily base. If you have sensitive skin, uses brands used for children, they usually are very gentle. In the US, neutrogena is a good brand . ...Read more

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Is using sunscreen improving the risk of skin cancer?

Is using sunscreen improving the risk of skin cancer?

Yes: Yes, we have strong evidence that using sunscreen on a regular basis will decrease your risk of developing skin cancer. ...Read more

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What are the ingredients in skin lotions that prevent wrinkles and protect my skin?

What are the ingredients in skin lotions that prevent wrinkles and protect my skin?

Hydration: Unfortunately there are no magic ingredients for removing wrinkles. However, keeping well hydrated and the skin moisturized can help with the appearance of the wrinkles. RetinA has been shown effective for smoothing fine lines by increasing turnover of the outer skin cells. Using makeup and facial creams with SPF protection can also help slow sun damage. ...Read more

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Are some skin types prone to damage during hair waxing? Are people with lighter skin more at risk of any sort of damage during hair waxing? .

Are some skin types prone to damage during hair waxing? Are people with lighter skin more at risk of any sort of damage during hair waxing?

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No: Skin quality not type or color will determine its response to trauma. During waxing, the top, dead layer of skin may get removed with the hair. Skin that is excessively dry or already damaged (sun, chemicals, certain medications, disease) is at much higher risk to further damage from trauma. Moisturize once or twice daily and avoid excessive sunlight to keep healthy, supple skin. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting cancer from skin bleaching creams?

What are the chances of getting cancer from skin bleaching creams?

Bleaching Creams: "i feel that hydroquinones are safe and effective treatment for pigmentary disorders, " taylor says. "i feel comfortable recommending that my patients continue to use hydroquinones if they have a pigmentary disorder." "i think the evidence is quite weak with the link between hydroquinones and cancer, " taylor tells webmd. "data on rats and mice cannot necessarily be extrapolated to human data. ...Read more

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Do even lipsticks contain sunscreen with SPF 30? are lip balms really effective in preventing tanning or skin cancer? some good medicinal brands ?

Do even lipsticks contain sunscreen with SPF 30? are lip balms really effective in preventing tanning or skin cancer? some good medicinal brands ?

Some do, some don't: Some make-ups contain SPF's, but many don't. You have to read each individual ones list of ingredients to see if that one has SPF in it and if so, how much. Most that do advertise this prominently, because it is such a good and important feature of the item. ...Read more

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What skin disease are similar to vitiligo causes lightening of skin, but not total loss of pigment?

Skin lightening: The skin can lose pigments from inflammation, this can happen in a variety of skin conditions, from eczema to scleroderma. See a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are Olive Oil the cause of darken skin?

Are Olive Oil the cause of darken skin?

No: Olive oil does not cause the skin to darken. Sun exposure and genetics are the causes of darker skin. ...Read more

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Can pool water cause lightening of skin?

Can pool water cause lightening of skin?

Pool water: Copper in swimming pools is known to cause green coloration in lighter hair, but no evidence to suggest it affects the skin, other than making it more dry. ...Read more

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What are the chances of developing skin cancer following co2 laser skin resurfacing? I believe my fair skin due to my irish heritage makes me more prone to burns and skin cancer. Can co2 laser cause such side effects?

What are the chances of developing skin cancer following co2 laser skin resurfacing? I believe my fair skin due to my irish heritage makes me more prone to burns and skin cancer. Can co2 laser cause such side effects?

No: Co2 laser resurfacing removes a layer of skin in a controlled fashion. In some cases, patients with extensive precancers can be treated with co2 laser, most frequently done on the lips. Sun protection is the most important measure to prevent skin cancer, regardless of whether or not you've had co2 laser resurfacing. Your fair skin may increase your risk of skin cancer independent of co2 laser. ...Read more

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Is there any effective cream of dark circles around the eye with less chances of reoccurrence upon leaving the application of cream?

Is there any effective cream of dark circles around the eye with less chances of reoccurrence upon leaving the application of cream?

Dark Circles: Circles under eye can be due to: allergy "allergic shiners", fatigue, genetic variation, aging. Lower lid skin is very thin so blood vessels under skin can make area look dark. Topical creams/fillers can help hide circles: only mask condition with no cure. What helps: drink 8 cups water/day, sunblock, hat, enough rest; avoid rubbing; makeup; facial plastic surgery when severe; allergist can help. ...Read more

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My face and neck is so darker than my body.. I am using skin lightening cream.. And sometimes cleanser, toner and moisturizer..No use. Please help. ?

My face and neck is so darker than my body.. I am using skin lightening cream.. And sometimes cleanser, toner and moisturizer..No use. Please help.
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Sunscreen: If the darker areas are on the face and neck, sun is the most likely cause. You need an excellent sunscreen with SPF of about 50. I suggest looking for zinc or titanium oxide in the ingredients for the best results. If you avoid the sun and wear sunscreen every single day, your skin should gradually even out. ...Read more

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Does adult continued use of differin (adapalene) decrease the risk of skin cancers?

No: Differin (adapalene) tends to make the skin more sensitive to the sun, and while no human studies have shown an increased risk of skin cancer, none have shown a decreased risk either. Since we know sun burns increase the risk of skin cancers, and since this med increases the risk of sun burn, i'd be extra cautious with its use in the sun, but no studies have linked it with increased skin cancer. ...Read more

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Risk of mercury in skin lightening creams?

Foreign-made only.: Mercury is tightly controlled and virtually absent from cosmetics made in the U.S., but some lightening creams made in other countries do have it. It's illegal to sell mercury-containing products in the states, but people buy them online from foreign retailers, or bring them into the country in their luggage. Never use creams of any kind containing mercury; it's very dangerous. ...Read more

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Am an african girl.Would like to have an even skin tone.Are skin lightening creams safe which do not hav mercury or hydroquinine.An suggestions?

Am an african girl.Would like to have an even skin tone.Are skin lightening creams safe which do not hav mercury or hydroquinine.An suggestions?

Fade creams: Everybody has a different definition for "even toned skin". If you are referring to the pictures of people you see in glamour magazines, then you will need a computer program called photoshop. In the real world, we all have varied tones. Mercury is not an ingredient we use. We use hydroquinone all the time to help lighten darker skin. ...Read more

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Can skin lightening creams lighten the skin too much?

Can skin lightening creams lighten the skin too much?

Ask Michael Jackson: Yes, they can. We use a 4% hydroquinone at my practice, but a 20% like benoquin (monobenzone) can bleach you forever. Over the counter products are typically ok. ...Read more

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Is there a very powerful skin lightening cream ?

Hydroxyurea: There are numerous creams used for malasma (dark spots) that incorporate hydroxyurea. Also tretinoin, kojic and Azelaic Acid in various mixtures good for skin bleeching. Also chemical peel may be used in the treatment. If you are talking about the entire body, you will need to see a dermatologist to discuss the therapy. ...Read more

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is skin lightening cream recommened for darker skin?

Medical question?: I suspect that this is more a social-political question given that you are from India rather than a medical question. Any medication used for that purpose can have its adverse consequences. ...Read more

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How does skin lightening cream work? Is it beneficial?

How does skin lightening cream work?  Is it beneficial?

Fade Creams: Otc and rx skin lightening creams or fade creams may include hydroquinone, kojic acid, arbutin, licorice extract, and glycolic acid. Which work by interfering with melanin (pigment) production, speeding skin cell turnover, or interfering with melanin transfer. They are most beneficial in conjunction with office-based txs. ...Read more

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What kind of skin lightening cream would be better for me at 66?

Sunscreen and Niacin: In order to lighten the skin effectively, it is important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen every day. Applying a topical cream with niacinamide (nia 24) will reduce the appearance of brown spots. ...Read more

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Can u suggest any cream for skin lightening, with less side effects?My face is darker than my body bcoz of constant exposure to sun.

Can u suggest any cream for skin lightening, with less side effects?My face is darker than my body bcoz of constant exposure to sun.

Sunblock moisturizer: Many people use over-the-counter moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Avoiding exposure to the sun will let skin lighten up. However, one should take extra vitamin d to make up for not getting vitamin d from the sun. Although having tanned skin from sun exposure is not a medical illness, there are a few uncommon hormonal medical conditions that can cause skin darkening. ...Read more

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What skin lightening creams are recommended?

Hydroquinone: Products containing hydroquinone (prescription strength) will bleach hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Is it bad for meto use skin lightening creams?

Could be: Here is some suggestion that some creams may increase your risk for skin cancer. They certainly make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage so sunblock should always be used with skin lightened ...Read more

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Please tell me what skin lightening cream is better for a dark skin person?

None of them: Just don't do it. In the US, where the world's trends are set, trying to change your natural color is considered the height of ignorance. Looking good is about physical fitness and self care, not skin shade. These chemicals can disfigure you -- Muchael Jackson had only a mild case and he looked awful. Embrace what nature gave you, get / stay fit and trim, and be proud of yourself. ...Read more

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Hi docs, can you tell me is using sunscreen with other skin lightening creams safe?

Hi docs, can you tell me is using sunscreen with other skin lightening creams safe?

YES!: IN fact, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not apply sunscreen when trying to lighten your skin. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects of using the skin lightening cream called 'skin lite' by liva? Answer please!

Many: This medications has 3 components that are commonly used in skin bleaching creams. However nothing is risk free. Hydroquinone is considered controversial by some practitioners although it is effective at any dose from 2-7%. This preparation at 2% is relatively low. The tretinoin is a mid -strength range as is they steroid but all of these can cause irritation, inflammations, photosensitivity, +++ ...Read more

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Will skin lightening cream get rid of hickeys?

Bruise Cream: Skin lightening cream is to remove increase pigment on the skin. A hickey is a bruise so use the over the counter product dermend. Dermend is a medicated skin care creams for the treatment of bruising also referred to as purpura. ...Read more

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I m using skinlite (hydroquinone) cream from last 5 year for skin lightening. can i use clostar cream.

Dark blemishes: older people who get a lot of sun, get dark marks on their face, arms and hand. They can be treated by avoiding the sun, and by trying to lighten the dark areas. Use a sun blocker every day, and use a peeling agent like glycolic acid or retin a, (tretinoin) and then use the hydroquinone only on the dark spots every night. The 4% is better, but requires a prescription. ...Read more

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My inner thighs are really black as compared to the rest of my body. I am of African descent. Is there any safe skin lightening cream I could use?

Follow Dermatology: If you are trying to lighten areas of your skin the best way to treat your skin is having a Dermatologist prescribe a safe cream for you. While there are many Over the Counter medications, there can be risk to using lightening creams. Be careful when using these creams and use them under the direction of a physician ...Read more

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