Healthy, glowing, radiant skin is usually a result of proper self-care and topical treatments. Topical treatments can include soaps, creams and gels, as well as natural remedies made from items around the home. Depending on the condition of your skin and the extent of your pigmentation, a combination of treatment methods may have to be used in order to get the desired results. Below, we will share our recommendations for lightening affected areas of your skin, as well as skin care tips that will help you maintain healthy skin from the inside out.
Consulting Your Dermatologist
Before using anything on your skin, natural or otherwise, it is always important to consult your dermatologist so as to avoid further damage, allergic reactions or things of that nature. Additionally, you may or may not have pre-existing conditions that can affect the skin whitening home remedies you are able to use and the extent to which you are able to use them.
The Best Skin Whitening Home Remedies
Available skin whitening products range from commercial pharmaceuticals to more natural options.
Here are a few of each to consider:
Retinoic Acid (Retinol)
Retinoic Acid ) – a derivative of Vitamin A – is used to reduce pigmentation (including hyperpigmentation) of the skin, as well as stimulate natural hair growth. It is available is many forms, including creams and ointments. While Retinoic Acid can be used as a standalone product, it is also an active ingredient in many other brands of whitening product. However, for full benefits and the best results, using a cream or ointment with Retinoic Acid as the only ingredients (as opposed to an active one) is a good bet. Your dermatologist will also be able to guide you regarding commercial whitening remedies that you can safely use. For example, you may ask him or her about Retinoic Acid (also known as Retinol.
Manufactured mostly in Asia, Papaya soap is a more natural option to harsh skin bleaches and pharmaceuticals. The most popular brands contain emollients (organic) that help to moisturize and soften skin while it lightens it. This option is particularly useful if you have been over exposed to the sun, resulting in a tan that is a few shades lighter than your normal complexion. Importantly, this product will not bleach the skin beyond that which is genetically pre-determined.
The active ingredient in Papaya soap is the enzyme Papain. It works by acting as an exfoliant that helps to bring lighter, younger looking skin from below the surface to the fore. Papaya soap is gentle enough to be used daily.
Believe it or not, lemon juice is one of the easiest and most effective ways to lighten areas of the skin. All that is required is applying freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice directly to the affected areas using a cotton balls or a clean cloth for a minimum of half an hour. This of course should be fresh lime/lemon juice, as commercial ones have additives and preservatives that can do more harm than good. Be sure to wash with a gentle soap afterwards and moisturize, as lemon/lime juice can be very drying.