Ideally, a skin lightening cream should not be used for longer than eight to twelve weeks at a time. That is the opinion of a number of different skincare experts. This amount of time is sufficient for the product to lighten the skin without the risk of causing any type of damage. These products can be very effective in lightening the skin on condition that you take some precautions while using them for example you do not expose yourself to the sun, and you avoid anything that might cause darker spots to occur. It is important to avoid exposure to the sun because the ultra violet rays of the sun cause more melanocytes that result in darkening the skin which is obviously going to defeat the purpose.
When we think about lightening the skin many people immediately see an image of Michael Jackson in the mind's eye. But Michael Jackson is not the only celebrity who is thought to have used these products or products like them, nor are the celebs the only ones who choose to lighten their skin. In fact bleaching the skin is a very common practice in many places around the world most notably in Africa and in India.
People who have a skin condition such as melasma may use a skin bleaching product as well. Melasma is a skin condition that is characterized by a dark spot on the skin and is fairly common in pregnant women or those on birth control pills. Of course a skin lightening cream may not be the best way to combat a problem such as an age spot because of the fact that it is all but impossible to ensure that the cream is only placed on the spot and does not come into contact with the skin around it. This is why using the product without the supervision of a qualified dermatologist is not advisable. When you do use it under the care of a professional you will be able to minimize the risks and side-effects.
Many skin bleaching creams available these days are for sale on the Internet but one needs to exercise caution when this is the option chosen. Although the label on the product may claim that there is around five or six percent of hydroquinone you do not really have any way of knowing for sure that the product does actually contain the ingredients it advertises. This is why you need to be sure that the site you purchase your cream from is a reputable one. To avoid any disappointment it is best to use a skin lightening cream that your dermatologist is able to prescribe because then you will know that you can trust that the ingredients it should contain are contained within the product and in the proper amounts.
Some creams can cause rashes and this means that using the product under the care of a dermatologist is once again advised. Any side-effect should always be reported sooner rather than later.
When you use a skin bleaching product you have to ensure that you do not overuse it. There are some individuals that use the product for months at a time and rather than enjoying a lighter skin that they end up with skin that is darker than it was at the beginning! This particular side effect is very difficult to remedy so following the guidelines laid out by your dermatologist is essential. Do not be dismayed at this. There is good news in that these products can be hugely beneficial and effective when they are used properly. As long as you buy your product from a reliable and trusted source and you use it in a way that has been indicated by a trained professional you are sure to enjoy great, long lasting results.
Source by Kalpana Rajagopalan