Whether you have hyperpigmentation in the form of acne scars, melasma or age spots, you’d like to even your skin tone or you’d like to lighten it by a few shades, having a consistent skin lightening regimen is essential if you want to see results. This article will help you to find the products that you need to build your own skin lightening regimen. Flawless skin, here we come!
Consider replacing your usual soap with a skin whitening soap. Soaps that contain kojic acid and glutathione not only help to clean the skin but the natural ingredients contain skin lightening and exfoliating properties that will help to speed up your results when used with a skin lightening cream.
Soap can dry out some people’s skin so if you usually a face wash, look for ingredients such as salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to remove dead skin. Removing dead skin will allow the healthy skin underneath to glow and allows any topical products you use to be absorbed better.
Remove dead skin with an exfoliating scrub, such as Ambi Exfoliating Wash at least twice a week. Topical creams won’t do what they are supposed to do if they just sit on top of dead skin.
Ideally, you would use a skin lightening moisturizer after washing/cleansing your skin. Meladerm and Makari both have great moisturizers as part of their product lines. Some skin lightening creams, especially those containing hydroquinone can dry out your skin but if you choose a moisturizing skin lightening product, it can replace your usual moisturizer without leaving your skin feeling dry.
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Whether you go with creams, gels or pills is completely down to personal preference. Whatever product you choose, ensure they only contain safe ingredients and be sure to use them as directed. I have highlighted the dangers of hydroquinone in previous posts and you should try to avoid hydroquinone based products for skin lightening especially if you have African American skin.
It is a common misconception that black people do not need to use sunscreen. When using skin lightening products, it is even more important to use sunscreen as these ingredients make your skin more sensitive to the sun. I recommend using a sun screen with at least SPF 25 on your face and body. This will not only protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays but will also ensure that your skin lightening regimen produces the results you want.
Other optional additions to your skin lightening products are regular chemical peels. If you have severe hyperpigmentation, chemical peels can accelerate the rate at which the dead skin is removed to reveal the fresh skin beneath and lighten the skin in the process. Discuss whether chemical peels are right for you with your dermatologist.
By following these steps to build a skin lightening regimen, you will ensure that you see consistent results and you will be well on your way to flawless skin.