The After Effects of Using Fairness Skin Creams
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.
© 2012 Nithya Venkat