I used to say like a mantra that there are no safe ways to lighten the skin. But… from the perspective of my current knowledge, I’d like to develop and correct this subject a little. I know that the topic of pigmentation is not particularly popular, but I really recommend you to read this post… For some people it can have a practical dimension, e.g. they have a problem with spots or chloasma. I think it is worth knowing the topic also if you are interested in the cultural aspect of whitening and white skin. We all know that in Asia you value light skin… but from a practical point of view, how much is this possible? Are Soaps Good for that? Let’s try and find Best Skin Bleach Soap For Whitening Skin.
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Can You Whiten Your Skin At All?
How does pigment work in our skin?
Melanin is responsible for the colour of the skin. But… where exactly is this melanin? I admit I’ve never asked myself that question in a long time. Sure, everyone sees melanin in the skin – we see it in the form of a tan, we see it in freckles, peppers and discoloration. But where is it and where does it come from?
Melanin is produced in melanocytes – specialized cells that are pigment “factories”. These cells are located at the interface between dermis and epidermis. Our epidermis divides all the time and new layers push older layers towards the skin surface. The cells of the epidermis are initially alive, but over time they die and form a dead, keratinized layer.
Melanocytes produce pigment (melanin) and encapsulate it in tiny membranes, creating neat packets that are placed in the dividing cells of the epidermis using special dendrites. The pigment is therefore directly in the epidermis.
What does that mean? A lot.
Since the pigment is encapsulated in the cells of the epidermis, both living and dead, changing the colour of the skin is not an easy procedure – whether we are talking here about the classic concept of whitening, or about lightening the discolouration or the sunspot.
There are no simple chemical ways to “pull” a pigment out of an epidermal cell without destroying it. Chemical peelings or microdermabrasion deprive the epidermis of the keratinized layer, so they effectively remove the pigmented part of the epidermis. Immediately after the treatment the skin becomes lighter and the discoloration seems to fade. But these treatments do not affect the fact that the melanocytes continue to work as they did and the rebuilding of the epidermis will return to its original color.
In places with discolouration the melanocytes develop excessively.
It is also possible to destroy existing melanin packets by laser, but it is a procedure comparable in durability to peeling with acids or peeling off with acids. I had laser peeled freckles, but the improvement in discoloration was not significant in the long run…
Is it possible to permanently lighten the skin?
The treatment of permanent cachexia of melanocytes is called “depigmentation” and is carried out with strong chemicals. As you can guess, it is not that simple. In general, the depigmentation procedure is mainly aimed at people affected by acute forms of albinism. The consequences of “killing” the melanocytes are not only extremely white skin, but also a number of problems, such as the lack of any natural protection against UV rays.
A model affected by albinism
Although people stubbornly experiment with depigmentation even if they have no problems with albinism, these experiments are risky in many ways (also aesthetic, where you can make white, pigment-free spots) and it is hard to consider them safe. If someone really needs this type of treatment, it should be conducted under the supervision of a specialist.
Is it safe to lighten the skin?
It can, but in a limited and impermanent way. Impermanence here is a BENEFIT of the process, not a disadvantage, because it means that if for some reason your skin requires increased natural protection in the form of melanin, it can return to its production.
What is the process of safely lightening your skin? It is about lowering the production of melanin and preventing it from being deposited in the epidermal cells.
How to reduce melanin production?
Our body constantly balances the level of melanin to give us a balance between UV protection and the ability to produce vitamin D. Melanin is produced when free radicals appear in the skin – the melanocytes produce an enzyme that allows free oxygen atoms to “oxidize” the base ingredient of melanin and thus produce a pigment molecule. I won’t go into details here – it’s quite an intricate process, but if you like these topics, I recommend reading about it.
The way to reduce melanin production is to reduce free radicals and to block tyrosinase – the enzyme mentioned in the previous paragraph. A huge amount of natural antioxidants tend to stick to this enzyme and block its action.
Ingredients that reduce the production of melanin (in a limited way, but allowing for gradual and safe brightening):
– an antioxidant glutathione produced by our own body
– Vitamin C
– Arbutin – a delicate ingredient in action, typically added to BB creams
– azelaic acid – a popular component of anti-acne treatments
– kojic acid – unfortunately it irritates and is not recommended
– Liquorice root extract – a very popular ingredient of creams, but also lotions and antiperspirants
– aloe vera
– green tea
– hesperidin, which is found in citrus peel
– linoleic acid
– Mulberry leaf extract (morus alba)
– astanxanthin, which goes one step further and blocks the production of melanin intermediate products
– ginseng extract
A diet rich in antioxidants, consumption of supplements with omega acids, exercise of yoga – help to reduce the amount of inflammation in the body, and inflammation is strongly linked to the production of melanin. The better the body is, the less excess melanin is produced.
Applied on the surface, vitamin B3 may even disrupt the accumulation of melanin packets in the epidermal cells by up to 68%, so it can be used to lighten the skin.
Can the effect be permanent?
People who have been looking after their complexion for years for brightening often notice that after a long time the complexion becomes naturally lighter. There are suspicions that the activity of melanocytes is driven by their own activity… The more melanin the melanocyte produces, the more active it becomes. If someone has been using cosmetics that block the enzyme that supports melanin production for years, it probably leads to a gradual decrease in melanocyte activity. The effect would probably be reversed if such a person suddenly starts to tan intensely.
I have the impression that you fight against permanent pigmentation in a similar way.
Asian skin-bleaching cosmetics – safe or not?
That’s probably the most important question… As I wrote earlier, there are a lot of different substances that delay the effect of melanocytes, and most of them have mild and safe for the body (e.g. vitamin C). But there are also substances whose safety is questionable or not at all. Controversial hydroquinone gives quick effects but can irritate – that is why it is sold on prescription and you will not find it in cosmetics.
Another controversial ingredient is mercury, which also blocks melanin production. Most countries do not allow the sale of cosmetics containing a dose of mercury above 1 particle per million (USA, Europe, Korea), but there are exceptions: China and the Philippines, where higher mercury concentrations are accepted. In India, the addition of mercury salts is banned, but due to poor control infrastructure, there are great suspicions that many cosmetics contain mercury. So please do not buy bleaching cosmetics from CHIN, FILIPIN or INDIA! I would be suspicious of whitening cosmetics from Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan… and Japan (I’m not talking about the renowned brands that export, such as Shiseido, Astalift, Hada Labo… …but some lesser known local brands that nobody controls).
My way to look for safe cosmetics is to look for brands that:
– They have local approvals (for example, Korean companies often boldly brag about their Korean Food and Drug Administration certificates)
– They are sold internationally (Etude House, Dr. G, Hada Labo, Missha, Skin79 [have boutiques in Europe], My Beauty Diary, etc.). Many markets have strict regulations on the safety of the products they sell, so many people have looked at these products and their warehouses before they are sold.
If I were to recommend cosmetics from the Asian Bazaar, I would recommend It’s Skin with vitamin C and liquorice extract.
I wouldn’t recommend buying Korean “lighteners” – if you look at the ingredients, it’s often just a mixture of different care ingredients with arbutin, which is not known for its knock-on effect. At best, such creams will work for a good-looking complexion, but you can’t count on them to lighten discoloration.
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