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Doctor insights on: Which Products Work Best To Lighten Skin Without Mercury

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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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What is the best skin lightening product that doesn't have negative side effects?

What is the best skin lightening product that doesn't have negative side effects?

Depends: There are many products available with different ingredients but it is also important to have the needed absorbable amount in the product. Often the active ingredients listed are not in high enough concentrations to actually work. Your medsopa doctor will be able to recommend the best product for you. ...Read more

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Shea butter for skin lightening, does this work?

Shea butter: There is no evidence to suggest that it does. There are several topical creams that do have evidence, hydroquinone being the best. Kojic acid and licorice have also shown some evidence that they can produce lightening on the skin. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best essential oils for skin lightening?

Please recommend the best essential oils for skin lightening?

Skin lightening: Pharmaceutical grade skin lighteners may be more effective. Have your skin evaluated by a board certified physician who can make recommendations to you. ...Read more

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I have skin lightening product and i want know what the side effects are?

I have skin lightening product and i want know what the side effects are?

Topical: What does the bottle/product say? Common side effects are mild burning, stinging, occasionally there may be a reaction. ...Read more

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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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I need a good skin lightening product for getting rid of red marks ?

I need a good skin lightening product for getting rid of red marks ?

Skin lightener: Getting rid of red marks? Placquin is a skin lightener. But red skin ? Is it a birthmark? You may check with your dr. ...Read more