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How to Lighten Skin Naturally
People of all ages can experience skin problems such as dullness of the skin and discoloration. Age spots, acne spots, melasma and uneven complexion are some of the most common conditions. Skin lightening has become very popular because of its ability to improve the appearance and continuity of color in skin.
Unfortunately, there is much controversy because the most prominent products used to lighten the skin may be harmful. Skin whitening products are available in soaps, lotions. pills and creams. The controversial ingredient used in many of these products is called hydroquinone. Hydroquinone has the ability to inhibit the production of melanin which is responsible for skin pigmentation. It is very effective at whitening the skin but excessive amounts can lead to darker, thicker skin and disorders of the blood. Studies conducted with hydroquinone have shown that it causes leukemia in mice and other animals. In 2001, it was banned from cosmetics in Europe. Another toxic ingredient found in many creams on the market is ammoniated mercury or mercury(II) chloride
There is no need to risk your health with these types of products when you can learn how to lighten your skin naturally. Promoting and maintaining healthy, radiant, younger looking skin can be done safely, gently and without irritation or harsh side effects. It is important to find the right natural ingredients that will work best with your skin type. Highly pigmented birthmarks and moles can be whitened to match the surrounding skin. Vitiligo sufferers can lighten unaffected areas to obtain a more uniform appearance.
Natural products that work in a similar manner to hydroquinone are Alpha hydroxy acids, kojic acid, azelaic acid, glutathione, tretinoin, arbutin, niacinamide, licorice extract, vitamin C, uva ursi (bearberry) extract, scaber extract, morus bombycis (mulberry) (bearberry) extract, broussonetia papyrifera (paper mulberry), morus alba (white mulberry) and extrapone nutgrass.
Exfoliation is effective if you have dull or blotchy skin which may be due to an excess of dead skin cells, dirt and sebum in your skin pores. Skin cells are shed naturally but this process can become inefficient due to a number of factors such as toxin build up in the body, poor circulation, sebum build up and external pollutants. Exfoliation gets rid of excess dirt and oil on the skin, and excess skin cells, clearing your pores and allowing them to breathe. Clean pores will allow for healthy skin cell turnover, diminish blemishes and acne scars and give you a much clearer complexion.
One of the major factors leading to scarring and discoloration is dry skin. When the skin is dry it loses its elasticity and ability to heal properly. When the skin becomes exposed to heat, cold weather, wind and UV rays the skin is easily damaged. Scarring is caused by abnormal healing by the skin and can look like freckles and dark sun spots. It is important to moisturize after cleansing and exfoliating the skin. When exposed to the sun(uv rays are present in all weather conditions) always use a natural, moisturizing sunscreen. Dullness and discoloration of the skin is often the result of poor diet. A healthy diet consists of at least 60 percent raw fruits and vegetables and should include a number of whole grain products. Avoid processed foods and products high in sugar and unhealthy fats. Eating a proper diet will help the skin to shed cells, heal properly and increase the skin’s protection against the sun and external pollutants.