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Doctor insights on: Risk Of Mercury In Skin Lightening Creams

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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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Dr. Catherine Carroll
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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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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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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?

 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?

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