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Updated on September 8, 2010

The truth about Face whitening products

Almost all television commercials are now endorsing facial products that promise to deliver younger and flawless looking skin. But aside from having cleaner complexion, millions of women all over the world go nuts when it comes to choosing face whitening products. Face whitening products are highlly popular especially in tropical countries where women have dark skin. Asian women have a constant demand for face whitening products that can make their skin lighten to as much as 5 to 6 shades. Because of this  voluminous demand, cosmetic companies launch hundreds of face whitening products that compete in a saturated market.

Typically, face whitening products are made in different forms, shapes and sizes. They can come as  liquid soaps, bar soaps, creams, toners, moisturizers, astringent, facial wash, facial mask and a lot more. It is recognized that soaps and facial wash are the most widely-used type of face whitening products.

This is due to obvious reasons, people practice personal hygiene such as washing face regularly and see results in a few weeks time. A lot of  facial soaps and wash are affordable but there are also expensive soap bars that have glutathione which really cost a lot. Normally, face whitening products contain any of these ingredients:

glutathione, AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids), licorice, kojic acid, bleach, hydroquinone and others..

Face whitening products
Face whitening products

In the past few years, some controversy had been associated with the use  of hydroquinone as well as bleach that has ammoniated mercury. The FDA  highly discourage the use of face whitening products that have harmful chemicals such as the aforementioned since  skin damage is apparent after prolonged use. According to an article in, FDA does not allow products that contain more than 2% hydroquinone on any product. Moreover, the article also cited that hydroquinone can cause darkening and thickening of skin known as ochronosis.

Therefore, women should greatly weigh such facts when buying face whitening products. Nevertheless, there are still face whitening products that do whiten skin safely especially ones that have natural formulation from fruit extracts. These products can  include AHA, kojic acid , licorice and other fruit acids.
Briefly, there's a wide variety of face whitening products available in the market that offers many features to women. In fact, most of these products are effective and very efficient in lightening facial complexion. However, they should pay attention to the formulation of these products since it’s better safe than sorry.


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      Rosy banga 6 years ago

      Use only good quality face creams and also improve diet chart as healthy diet adds on ur face glow slso.

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      mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Interesting hub. I always wondered about face whitening products and didn't realize such a great market exists for these products in certain countries.

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      HubMania 7 years ago from India

      Thanks prasetio30 for your comment.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I thought many woman concern about whitening method. That's make them looks beauty. But we have to concern with the product in the market. Avoid the product contain the mercury substance. That's bad for the future, because this substance trigger a cancer. Thanks


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      nikitha p 7 years ago from India

      Great hub, I liked it.