The tone of the skin is one of the natural factors in one’s appearance. Most people are fine with their natural skin tones. A few feel they want to make it different. In certain regions in the world, especially Asia, the lighter skin complexion is preferred. The people of the region naturally have slightly darker tones for the most part.
Skin whitening treatment are a plenty and there is no shortage of those looking to seek them. These treatments are by and large quite effective and free from any kinds of serious side effects. Let’s take a look at some of these treatments to better understand how they help in improving the tone of your skin.
Topical creams are used for the purpose of inhibiting the production of melanin in the skin. As the production of melanin is reduced, the tone of the skin lightens. The common ingredients in these creams include hydroquinone, Kojic acid and Azelaic acid. The creams need to be applied for a while to get the complexion of your liking.
These creams mostly do not have any serious side effects. However, it is a good idea to see a doctor before using a product to ensure that it has no ill effects for you. What may have been beneficial for others may not work the same for you.
Dermabrasion works by exfoliating the existing damaged skin so that healthier skin can replace it which naturally has a lighter tone. For this purpose, a specialized wire brush is used. As the skin is exfoliated, the healing process starts immediately. Over the next few days, new skin is formed and the tone of the skin is lightened. The level of collagen in the skin is also improved which makes the skin firmer.
The treatment is highly invasive and is performed under the local anesthesia. There are certain side effects and downtime involved so be sure to have some time available when you get the treatment. The treatment needs to be repeated a few times for the purpose of achieving the final results.
It follows the same path of skin exfoliation but it does not cause nearly as much invasiveness which makes it a better option. Tiny crystals are used for this purpose with the help of a handheld device that sprays them at a controlled rate. The dead skin and used crystals are later collected. As the skin injures, healing process starts right away. This improves the complexion of the skin in the new top layer and also adds more suppleness to it with the help of greater collagen production.
The treatment sessions lasts a few minutes and needs to be performed multiple times to ensure that the skin whitens to the desired level. The side effects are negligible and there is no downtime whatsoever with the treatment. To numb down the slight pain during the treatment, topical anesthetics are applied.
Chemical peels are acidic solutions that resurface the skin and along with correcting other skin conditions, also help in lightening the skin tone. The peels are applied to the skin and left in place for some time before being removed. The strength of the peels is decided on the basis of requirement of the given person.
Topical or local anesthesia may be used to numb down the pain. The side effects for the most part are light and downtime generally is not an issue. The peels may need to be repeated a few times though in case of deep peels, these are only applied once. It is best to let a professional apply the peels. Some people try the peels themselves since they are available at drug stores over the counter. However, this does carry an increased risk of burning the top layer of the skin.