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Which Products Work Best To Lighten Skin Without Mercury
What OTC (over the counter) products would you suggest to tone and lighten skin without using harsh chemicals that are bad for the skin?
Prevent tanning: The only natural way to lighten skin is to avoid sun exposure. The down side is that people who avoid sun exposure will lack enough vitamin d, so have to take supplements which are sold everywhere. Many women use skin or facial moisturizers which contain sunscreen. Some also wear wide-brimmed hats and a few wear tinted plastic face shades when in a car (but they may not see as well when driving!). ...Read more
Does any doctor here know any common ingredients in skin whitening products and how these ingredients contribute to skin whitening?
Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone is a common skin lightening product. It interferes with your pigment cells ability to produce melanin which determines the shade of your skin. By blocking the formation of new pigment, and as skin cells naturally shed, the skin becomes lighter. However, once you stop the cream the pigment cells begin producing melanin once again. ...Read more
Skin lighteners: If you are serious about lightening your skin, you are better off using a pharmaceutical product proven to lighten skin rather than essential oils. ...Read more
Sunscreen: By far, one of the main contributors of skin aging is uv rays (the sun, tanning beds). So sunscreen should be a part of your otc regimen. Aside from that, retinoids, which are derived from vitamin a, boost collagen production and increase skin cell turnover. This improves fine lines and wrinkles, discolorations, and acne. It's available by prescription, but also over-the-counter (otc) retinol. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
You can use both: HQ and tretinoin are excellent treatments for improving discoloration. These two products at bedtime, along with SPF and antioxidants daytime, are the most recommended precription agents for hyperpigmentation. Triluma has both HQ and tretinoin in ONE product, so many doctors recommend this product for excellent results. ...Read more
Self tanner, time: Try using a self-tanner on the pale areas of skin to reduce the color difference. Prevent worsening by protecting all areas of your skin from the sun using protective clothing, seeking shade, and using broad spectrum sunblock on exposed skin. Bleaching creams are more hazardous than these solutions, and not recommended. ...Read more
Silicone gel: These are very different problems. Scars tend to be visible if they are raise, widened, depressed, or darkened/reddened. Silicone sheeting and silicone gels have the bulk of evidence to support helping to lighten and flatten scars by virtue of keeping a moisture barrier close to the skin surface. They are not absorbed into the skin. There are many rx forms, but some are available otc (scar fade. ...Read more
Best natural way to lighten hyperpigmentation without harsh chemicals. I heard Vitamin E is good also heard Vitamin K? Which one?
Bleaching agents: there's some over-the-counter and prescription bleaching agents also can try hydrogen Peroxide ...Read more
Options: Advanced scar cream such as biocorneum will help improve quality of some scars, others may improve with kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, but you may need actual minor surgery to remove the scars if they are severe. My recommendation is to see a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more
Medical Problems: You may be surprised but having your skin be the beautiful color that it is is not a medical disease or condition. But, wanting skin different than what nature intended for you is. Wasting a life wanting our bodies to be different than they are is really a sad waste of energy and emotions. Learning to love oneself and then going out to make the world better is the goal of living. Love yourself. ...Read more
Post inflammatory: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common and normal response during the healing process. When traumatized skin heals, redness, followed by dark discoloration often occurs. With time, the site will usually resume normal coloration to match the surrounding skin. Avoid picking and overly drying facial products & consider a noncomedogenic concealer. ...Read more
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