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The After Effects of Using Fairness Skin Creams

Updated on March 8, 2016

Fairness skin creams are used to make the skin look fairer than the original color. These creams work on a pigment called melanin present in the skin to obtain a whitening effect.

Melanin is a pigment which is responsible for the color of the skin. When the concentration of melanin in the skin is reduced, the skin becomes fairer and lighter in shade.

Fairness skin creams may have chemicals that act upon melanin in the skin. These chemicals may block the production of melanin or reduce the concentration of melanin to whiten the skin.

Harmful Effects of Fairness Skin Creams

1. Hydroquinone is one of the chemicals present in skin fairness creams. Hydroquinone blocks the production of melanin to make the skin fairer.

Hydroquinone is a harmful chemical that can cause skin cancer. Hydroquinone can also cause liver and kidney damage with long term use.

Other side effects of hydroquinone are itching, blistering and swelling of the skin. Hydroquinone can also cause constant irritation of the eyes. In extreme cases hydroquinone can cause severe headaches, breathing troubles, dizziness and nausea.

Hydroquinone can cause a condition called ochronosis. Ochronosis causes darkening of the skin with blue, black patches. This condition is irreversible and can cause permanent damage to the skin.

2. Mercury is another chemical that may be found in skin fairness creams. Even a small amount of mercury is dangerous and can cause health problems.

Mercury is a skin bleaching agent which destroys the melanin pigment to obtain lighter shades. Once melanin is destroyed, it exposes the underlying layers of the skin to harmful UV rays of the sun which can lead to skin cancer.

Mercury causes kidney problems and affects the nervous system. Mercury can also cause tiredness, fatigue, soreness of the mouth and gums and dizziness.

Natural Ingredients to Make Your Skin Bright

Instead of using fairness skin creams use naturally occurring ingredients to make facial masks. You might not see the change immediately but with continuous use your skin complexion will improve.


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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Informative hub. What I want to say that external beauty decays with the passage of time, but internal beauty always remains same. So we can try to make it beautiful.

      Melanin is the pigment that is responsible for the color of skin. Skin should be clear and spotless. Color hardly matters at least for me.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Yes I know and it is very sad, thank you for stopping by.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      you are so right vellur. i know some people who just can't stop using whitening creams even if they are already fair. theya re very conscious of their body and face.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      DDE always better to know what we are putting on our face, thanks for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I knew of people who used whitening creams thanks for the helpful information

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Mama Kim 8 thank you for your visit and taking the time to comment. Natural ingredients are better any day. Thank you for the vote and sharing too.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Fascinating! I didn't know about this stuff until recently. My husband's cousins were visiting from Korea and they kept saying how much they liked my fair skin. They told me that a lot of girls in Korea use whitening creams to become more beautiful! I told them that in the united states it's actually considered more beautiful to be tan. So we should all stick with how we are and know that somewhere in the world we're beautiful ^_^ It's all in the eye of the beholder. I like the idea of using natural ingredients... I'll have to pass this along to them in case they fall to peer pressure. Voted up and shared!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      prasetio30 we should take care of what we put on our skin, thank you.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. That's why we should care with kind of skin whitening product, especially the safe ingredients for the body. I agree with our fellow hubber, dinkan53. Thanks to remind us. Voted up!


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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      dinkan53 yes they may not be mentioned and we have to be careful. Thank you for stopping by and your insightful comments.

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      The main problem is they may not even list these dangerous chemicals on their list of ingredients. So be careful while using whitening products as they can do harm ranging from skin problems to internal health issues. Rated your article as useful and shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 yes they must know what they are putting on their skin, thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I didn't know this was even available to people. Thanks for posting the warning for those who must know what they are up against.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Docmo yes, there is an increase of these products. Reading the ingredients present in the cream is very important.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Good warning Nithya- there seems to be such a rash of these products in Eastern countries...

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Xalfad thank you for stopping by and I hope my hub helps. Thanks for the vote too.

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      Xalfad 5 years ago

      I'm gonna share this with my sister. She's so into this beauty cream. She's already fair enough. Frankly, I don't understand girls sometimes. Sorry about that. Awy, thanks for sharing. Great article. Voted up & stuffs.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Hi!! Levertis Steele you are correct, better safe than sorry. Anyway beauty lies deep within.

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      Melanin does have its advantages. Getting rid of it can cause wrinkles, acne, skin marks, even death. Risky. This hub is interesting.