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Making a Bold Statement with Skin Bleaching Products Involves Certain Risks

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 06, 2013
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  • Harmful chemicals in skin bleaching products can cause mild to severe allergic reactions.
  • People with skin issues such as acne, dermatitis and eczema can be adversely affected by skin bleaching products.
  • They can also make skin more vulnerable to the dangerous ultraviolet rays of the sun.
  • Use sunscreen when using skin whitening creams to get rid of freckles or sun spots.

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Skin bleaching is inarguably one of the effective ways to achieve a brighter and clearer skin. But, one should wary of the active ingredients skin bleaching products as these could be quite dangerous for skin.

Before and after bleach

Over the years, skin bleaching (or skin whitening) have become increasingly popular and marketplaces are flooded with several chemical peels, whitening creams and even lasers that help better skin tone. These products bring long-lasting results when used correctly, but risks and complications when directions are taken for granted.

The risks and complications of skin bleaching are as follows.

Allergic reactions

There is always a certain risk of mild to severe allergic reactions such as irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. According to DermNet NZ, irritant contact dermatitis is indicated by the reddening of skin, mild stinging and mild itching. On the other hand, allergic contact dermatitis symptoms are severe, which include swelling, crusting, unusual discoloration of the skin, severe burning and itching of the treated area.

Aggravated skin disease

A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology suggested that those who had skin issues such as acne, dermatitis and eczema were adversely affected by skin bleaching products.

Sensitivity to the sun

According to Drugs.com, skin bleaching products (particularly those that contain hydroquinone) can make skin more vulnerable to the dangerous ultraviolet rays of the sun. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology recommends protection from sun (a broad spectrum sunscreen) when using skin whitening creams to get rid of freckles or sun spots.

Chemical reactions

If you are using bleaching products and skin whitening product that has hydrogen peroxide and benzoyl peroxide, you may experience chemical reaction that could make skin dark and stained. If these two ingredients are used in combination, it could be more damaging for skin.

Uneven colouring

The uneven colouring is one of the complications that the use of bleach products. There are certain ingredients in these products that worsen age spots or give a dark shade to your skin.

Impaired healing

Not only skin issues, the application of bleaching products could impair skin's ability to heal from an injury, lesion or rash. A study published in the International Journal of Dermatology found that bleaching creams reduced or even impaired the wound healing ability in African subjects.


Skin bleaching products may address your concerns of skin colour and evenness of your skin, but brings several risks along. If you are considering skin bleach, you should think more than improving skin tone in order to avoid unnecessary complications.

 

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