Skin whitening has become a global trend as we tend towards modernism. Millions of people across the world who have dark skin tones are trying hard to make their skin lighter. The issues pertaining to the Skin whitening have been existing since the ages. Though the trend is less stressed now still there are millions of people who want to get rid of their dark complexions.
The skin problems are usually witnessed in South Asian countries. In underdeveloped countries, fairer skin is considered a class allegiance while describing your standard and status. Fairer skin tones are required all over the world.
Skin whitening can be defined as “A Cosmetic procedure that aims to lighten dark areas of the skin or achieve a generally paler skin tone”.
The skin whitening practices have been following since ancient times. Chinese strongly believe that taking pearl powder along with the hot water every day will eventually lead to the fair skin complexion. Moreover, during the 17th and 18th century, aristocrats in the West used different formulas and lead toxic powder to their faces in order to make themselves superior and different from the working class.
Fairness creams advertisements
Fairness creams advertisements play a crucial part in luring the brown men and women with dark skin tones. Several skincare agencies are introducing multiple fairness creams both for men and women. For this purpose, these agencies are spending billions on these advertisements just to make people aware of skin whitening.
Skin whitening for Men
The days have gone when only females were curious get a fairer and clearer skin tone. This is the modern era, and men of the modern era also want a flawless and glowing skin. For this purpose, there are many fairness creams available in the markets for men as well.
You will experience more cleansers and skin whitening creams for men in the local markets than for woman. The media and internet world is full of the formulas that can help men in getting a whiter skin tone with no efforts at all.
Men in modern times are spending hours in shopping malls and taking care of their grooming more than women. There are variety of skincare products available for men in the markets. There are multiple options such as
- Men’s Skin Whitening Creams
- Men’s Acne Cleanser
- Men’s Fairness Face Wash
- Men’s Skin Care Cream Day and Night
Men’s Skin Whitening Creams
There are several Men’s Skin Whitening Creams, but not all can be relied upon. Alike women fairness creams, men should also be very careful in their selection of creams according to their skin types. If you do not know which cream will be suitable for your skin type, then you should consult a skin specialist before trying any fairness cream. Only according to his recommendations, you can apply your desired fairness cream otherwise, it may cause harm to your skin.
Alike women, men should also make sure to check the ingredients used in the cream before buying it. Read carefully and if any of your desired cream is having hydroquinone, corticosteroids, or mercury, then avoid buying it. There are many companies that do not list ingredients to avoid any inconvenience, these brands should also be not given weightage. The presence of hydroquinone, corticosteroids, or mercury in fairness creams can cause severe skin problems and can damage your skin.
Some of the common Men’s skin whitening creams are,
- Olay Men Solutions—Revitalizing Cream
- Pond’s White Beauty Cream for Men
- OxyGlow Saffron and Liquorice fairness Cream for Men
- Oriflame’s Essential Fairness 5 in 1 Face Cream
- Lotus Herbal Liquorice and Green Tea Fairness Gel
- Garnier Light Cream for Men
- Clean and Clear Fairness Cream for Men
- Fair & Lovely Multivitamins Maxfairness
Fairness creams with natural ingredients should be appreciated for both men and women. They do not create any harm to your skin even if applied without doctor’s prescriptions. However, they do not guarantee the desired results.
Skin whitening Tips at Home
It is believed that,
“Beautiful Skin requires Commitment, not a Miracle”
There have been several online platforms that are offering multiple skin whitening tips at home. These homemade remedies are used to get a clearer and fairer skin color that will let everyone astonished.
First of all, you need to avoid the below mentioned activities in order to prevent dark patches on the skin,
- Clean your skin
- Avoid sun exposure
- Use sunscreen regularly
- Consult a dermatologist
- Follow a skin care routine
- Cover your skin properly while going out to avoid pollution
So, let’s discuss some of the best home remedies to gain a natural skin tone. You can try these homemade remedies without any doubt as they will never damage your skin. Homemade remedies are one of the most authentic sources of having a whiter skin.
So, why wasting time? Let us discuss a few of them,
- Yogurt and Gram Flour
- Papaya and Honey
- Oranges Juice
- Lemon and Honey
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Turmeric Powder
- Cucumber Slices or water
- Oatmeal Face Mask
Skin Whitening Treatment
Getting clear, fair, and flawless skin is the dream of almost every girl living in Pakistan. People including both men and women have been seen trying different homemade masks or remedies to remove freckles, acne, and dark circles. However, we all know that homemade items made for clear and fair skin took a lot of time and effort and the results are no different.
When it comes to the skin whitening treatment, dermatologists usually refers to the products that helps in reducing the excessive amount melanin in the skin. People who have been going through the dark complexion have more melanin in their skins than the whiter ones. You skin tone or complexion completely relies upon the quantity of melanin in your skin. The melanin quantity is usually affected by the sun, damaged skin, and using different chemical agents on the skin.
Usually all the skin whitening treatments reduce the amount of melanin that eventually results in whiter and fairer complexion.
Opting or trying any skin whitening formula can cause you a handsome amount and great deal of courage. It is pertinent to note that the dark people are always at the risk of using different fairness creams or products as they can result in damaging the skin and making it even worst. Their side effects are also going side by side along with their benefits.
The treatments used for lightening the skin can be dangerous. But who cares? No one is interested to give these issues an ear. What they want is a clearer and whitener skin complexion.
Benefits of Skin Whitening Treatment
Getting a Skin Whitening Treatment can cause you many benefits. The team LogicalBaat has derived some of the benefits in the list shown below,
- Enhances the Overall Look
- Provides Fast and Effective Whiteness
- Improves Skin Patches
- Provides Anti-ageing benefits
- Requires low Maintenance
Skin Whitening Treatment Recovery
After one undergoes a skin whitening treatment, he should follow the recovery procedure as well. What you need to do is to wash the concerned area thoroughly after the treatment is over. Make sure that the soap or face wash that you are using is chemical free, otherwise, it may cause damage to the skin. After this, massage your skin very gently.
Moreover, clients should also be directed by the dermatologists to use maintenance products for a speedy recovery of the skin. The maintenance products can be Aloe Vera gel or Petroleum jelly. It will give a cooling and healing effect to the skin.
Take regular painkillers as per the prescription of your doctor (only in case of swelling). The use of sunscreen can also be beneficial for this purpose. Make sure to apply any good sunscreen for at least six months of the skin whitening treatment. It will help you out in protecting your skin from the skin burns at this crucial stage.
When it comes to the recovery time, it completely depends of the type of treatment. In case if you have opted for a non-ablative treatment, then your skin will be recovered within 2-3 days. However, if you have undergone a laser treatment or surgery, then it may take 2-3 weeks to recover properly.
Skin Whitening Treatment Cost in Pakistan
There are many options available for the skin whitening treatment in Pakistan. Each solution requires a certain amount of money. Usually in Pakistan, the skin whitening treatment cost ranges from PKR 3000 to PKR 10,000 depending on the nature of the treatment. Moreover, selection of dermatologist matters a lot in total amount of money spent on the treatment.
What are the main techniques used for lightening the skin complexion?
Below are two main techniques for lightening the skin,
- Skin Lightening Creams / Skin Whitening Creams
- Skin Whitening Laser Treatment
A skin whitening procedure can prove to be a major decision for dark people as it requires a lot of time, money and still left with unguaranteed results.
Skin Whitening Products / Skin Whitening Creams
As the famous maxim goes,
“A Woman’s Face is Her Fortune”
While living in the modern era, where everybody is very conscious of his or her skin color, several skincare companies have introduced fairness creams that can do no harm to your skin. These fairness creams are widely used across the globe for both men and women.
In order to get glowing and healthy skin, I am here to guide you in your selection of some very good and impressive skin whitening products. However, now the question is that many people tend to use fairness creams at night. What is the reason? The reason is quite clear that fairness creams do more wonders at night as compared to the day. These creams can work more efficiently at night. However, it doesn’t mean that these creams cannot be applied during the day time. It is only because you will have to take longer to wait for the desired results.
Easily available in Pakistan
Below is the list of those skin whitening products that can do wonders to your skin without any side effects. These products are easily available in Pakistan so you don’t need to worry about the availability of them.
- L’Oreal Paris White Perfect Fairness Revealing Soothing Cream
- Himalaya Herbals Clear Complexion Whitening Day Cream
- Olay Natural White Nourishing Skin Night Cream
- Olay White Radiance Tone Perfecting Hydrating Essence
- Wow Fairness Cream
- Garnier Light Complete
- Oriflame Optimals Even Out Replenishing Night Cream
- Lotus Herbals White Glow Skin Whitening and Brightening Night Cream
- Fair & Lovely Advanced Multivitamin Cream
- Pond’s White Beauty Anti-Spot Fairness Day Cream
- Lakme Absolute Perfect radiance Skin Lightening Day Cream
However, one thing must be cleared that the above-mentioned night creams can be carefully used according to the skin types. If you do not know which cream will be suitable for your skin type, then you should consult a skin specialist before trying any fairness cream. Only according to his recommendations, you can apply your desired fairness cream otherwise, it may cause harm to your skin.
Moreover, one must make sure to check the ingredients used in the cream before buying it. Read carefully and if any of your desired cream is having hydroquinone, corticosteroids, or mercury, then avoid buying it. There are many companies that do not list ingredients to avoid any inconvenience, these brands should also be not given weightage.
Fairness creams that contain hydroquinone, corticosteroids, or mercury should be banned in our country as well as they have been in the UK these chemicals can cause severe skin problems and can damage your skin.
Fairness creams with natural ingredients should be appreciated. They do not create any harm to your skin even if applied without doctor’s prescriptions. However, they do not guarantee the desired results.
Skin Whitening Creams Usage
Almost all types of skin whitening creams should be used according to the doctor’s advice. These fairness creams should be used in a minimum amount for once or twice a day.
Try to apply only at the darker areas of the skin to make them enlightened. Make sure that cream doesn’t harm your eyes, mouth, or nose. Make sure to wash hands properly before and after applying the cream on your face. Or you can also use a cotton bud to apply cream.
After you have applied the cream, avoid touching the specific area. To protect your skin from the sun burns, apply sun cream on your face before going out in public.
Side Effects of Skin Whitening Creams
The possible side effects of the skin whitening creams after being excessively used are as listed below,
- Skin Irritation
- Skin burns
- Itching or flaky skin
- Redness and Skin Swelling
Apart from this, the applier of the creams containing hydroquinone, corticosteroids, or mercury may face some other related skin problems. For instance,
- Skin may turn too dark
- The outer layer of the skin may turned thinner
- The visibility of the blood vessels in the skin
- Scarring, itching or skin allergy
- Kidney, liver, or nerve damage
However, acting upon doctor’s prescription will may save you from such problems as your consultant will make you aware of these problems beforehand.
In the words of Dr. Zarqa
Renowned dermatologist, Doctor Zarqa also avoids recommending the usage of whitening creams. She claimed that,
“Use of whitening creams is the most commonly used method but most creams have steroids and mercury and have negative effects on skin, they are toxic for skin and eventually develop skin pigmentation, the skin becomes wrinkly especially around the eye area and doctor can tell in a glance that the patient has been using skin lightening creams. I would suggest a treatment which is most popular, intravenous injections of Glutathione which is a natural and master antioxidant which is present in our body and almost all living cells, it fights with the free radicals, and detoxifies the body. Glutathione also helps to reduce the dark melanin pigments, and turns them into a lighter pigment, this leads to the skin becoming fair and brighter. Glutathione is available as tablets and injections. However, the tablets do not get absorbed well, and injections contain Glutathione and other vitamins that are injected directly in the veins i.e. blood stream and gets absorbed faster than the skin whitening pills and it also contains a higher quantity of Glutathione than skin whitening pills, therefore skin whitening injections are a preferred option for skin whitening treatment”.
Skin Whitening Laser Treatment
Apart from using fairness or skin whitening creams. Skin Whitening Laser Treatment is another option for many people who want to enhance their skin tone. Laser treatment is usually used to remove dark skin patches and blemishes.
In laser treatment either the outer layer of the skin is removed or cells that produce melanin are destroyed completely. In either case, the client gets satisfactory results.
Note: For a few patients, it may be of no use as there looks no signs of fairness on their faces.
What Skin Whitening Laser Treatment includes?
Before you undergo a Skin Whitening Laser Treatment, the experts make sure whether it will suit you or not. For this purpose, a small area of the skin is being tested and the skin reaction is noted down by the professionals. If your skin shows no signs of itching or damage, then you will be provided a laser treatment for whitening your skin. However, this session is conducted a few weeks later after your skin is being tested for a laser treatment.
Even if your skin is suitable for the treatment, you will still feel pricking sensations during the whole course of the treatment.
During the Skin Whitening Laser Procedure,
- The clients are provided special goggles for the protection of the eyes
- A handheld laser machine will be placed against your skin
- During the Laser Procedure, cool air is being blown directly onto the face to avoid itching and keep it cool throughout the procedure
- The Skin Whitening Laser Treatment requires almost an hour
What side effects are expected from a Skin Whitening Laser Treatment?
Below are some of the very common skin effects one can feel after going through a laser treatment!
- Skin Infection
- Redness and Skin Swelling
These side effects can be removed after following a proper recovery procedure that is already mentioned above.
What if Skin Whitening Laser Treatment go wrong?
There are no many but fewer cases when the laser treatment went wrong and the client has to face some problems. The expectations of the clients may not fully be achieved or result in something unexpected. However, in most cases, the treatment appears to be a successful one providing a fairer skin tone to the clients.
Skin Bleaching is another issue to be addressed especially in the Asian countries. When it comes to the fairness creams, these can be of two types. The ones that enhances your skin tone by making it lighter. And the other ones are those that bleach the skin.
It is necessary for all of you to not use such bleaching creams as they contain dangerous chemicals that can damage your skin. These bleaching creams may provide an instant glow on the skin, but in the long run, you will realize roughness on your skin the moment you will stop using such bleaching creams.
The presence of these chemicals helps in inhibiting the melanin that instantly works on your skin and provide you a clearer and whiter complexion.
Note: Melanin is a pigment that helps skin in getting a fair tone, removes blemishes, and protects it from sun burns.
In this context, whitening creams are safe to you as they do not contain such chemicals that can damage your skin. You need to wait for a specific time period in order to get a fairer skin tone.
From ancient times to the modern world, each individual wants a glowing and flawless skin that will be free from acne, scars, dark skin patches, and dark circles. Skin whitening has been a major subject to address in the modern world. Though many people are making efforts to equalize t5he dark and fair complexion, the majority of the people want to look fair and glowing for sure.