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Best Skin Whitening Products

Updated on July 21, 2009

If you are looking for the best skin whitening products, you have a lot of options available. Just keep in mind that nothing is the “best” because everyone’s skin is different. Skin whitener products are meant to be used for areas of skin, which have too much pigment on them. This may be because of things such as birthmarks, moles, or just general unevenness in the skin. Or maybe you have freckles, which you want to get rid of. After using these products, a more uniform appearance is achieved. The most common ways of treating dark patches is by the use of a cream, vitamin A pills, and/or alternative methods with lasers.

Available skin whitening products:

Skin whitening products often come in the form of 2% concentrated hydroquinone creams, which decrease melanin production. You can get 2% concentrations over the counter. But if you are looking for higher concentrations, you’re going to have to speak to your dermatologist.  Other cream types include ones containing arbutin (an ingredient found in berries), which is another form of hydroquinone, and azelaic acid. 

Although you can buy creams over the counter, it is recommended that you talk to your dermatologist. Creams, which contain the aforementioned ingredients, may be harmful (especially if get the prescription 4% concentrated hydroquinone cream). As such, the most effective skin lightening products, can come from your dermatologist, but they may also be the most harmful. Despite this fact, there are plenty of over the counter creams, which contain harmless ingredients. Look for creams or lotions, which have Shea Butter, Homeo Age, or Active manuka honey. Of course, there are plenty of other ingredients, which work and they cannot all best listed here. Other over the counter skin creams simply contain Vitamin A.

Because we all have different skin types and varying needs, there is no such thing as a list of the “top skin whitening products”. Although some of the OTC skin bleaching products may work for you, they also may not. Which is why it is recommended that you see your dermatologist so that he or she can select the best treatment option for you.

Aside from just using skin lightening creams to treat the uneven pigmentation keep in mind that you can prevent uneven pigmentation in your skin with the simple use of sunscreen.   

Keep in mind that with these whitening skin care products have side effects. The most common side effect is skin irritation and there’s also an increased risk of skin cancer or melanoma.


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      skinbleaching 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Of all the hubs I've read, you're the first person to recommend actually talking to a dermatologist. :)

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      Skin Whitening Lotion  7 years ago

      Hi! I've been researching skin whitening for a while. It seems that the reviews on Makari products are quite positive.