THE FACTS ABOUT SKIN WHITENING PRODUCTS
Many of the effective skin whitening products normally contains harmful ingredients, especially Mercury and Hydroquinone which are the most popular whitening agents. Because they are cheap and can give a quick result...that is the fact.
Furthermore, something to watch out for is that it is not uncommon to find skin whiteners laden with either Mercury or Hydroquinone but labeled as having something else as an active ingredient, e.g., glutathione cream, alpha arbutin cream, vitamin C cream, pearl cream, miracle cream, etc. Some of which are coming in luxury packages and selling at a premium price too!...that is also the fact.
So many people argue that Hydroquinone, if use correctly with no more than 2%, is safe...let's hear the fact in the below VDO what an industry expert like Dr. Diana Howard, Vice President of Research and Development for the International Dermal Institute, has to say.
In addition, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) supported by the US FDA has recently completed another review of the safety of Hydroquinone as used in skincare and nail products. Once again they renewed their conclusion that, “hydroquinone is safe at concentrations of ≤ 1% for cosmetic formulations designed for discontinuous, brief use followed by rinsing from the skin and hair. Hydroquinone should not be used in other leave-on cosmetic products.” This has been the same story since 1994! What is it going to take to get the FDA to ban Hydroquinone whitening products that sell at retail to consumers?
THE 2 MOST POPULAR SKIN WHITENING INGREDIENTS WHICH ARE PROHIBITED IN SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD
1. Mercury: Despite the severe side effects of Mercury, it is today still a common ingredient found in many whitening cosmetics due to its dramatically quick result and its cheap cost. If used for long period, Mercury can start accumulating in the body and can lead to liver damage and kidney failure.
Mercury also deteriorates and weakens the skin. A common occurrence found in many cases of users is that the veins become visible as the outer layer of the skin is destroyed causing skin to become over-sensitive.
2. Hydroquinone: Whitening cream with over 2% of Hydroquinone will have damaging effects with long-term use. The most common symptoms are skin reddening, a burn sensation and itchiness and for sensitive skins rashes can occur.
In some countries Hydroquinone is completely banned because it may cause cancer. Prolonged usage has been shown to also cause loss of skin elasticity. It is recommended that daily usage should not continue more than 6 months.
However, according to all those facts, it doesn't mean that there are no good quality skin whitening products available in the market at all. Yes, it does and we just have to be selective.