Question by MasterT: How do i get my skin lighter?
When i was a baby and when i was a child my skin was light. Now people are calling me dark wherever i go. I’m not insanely dark im just dark. I need something very effective to lighten my skin. I don’t want any lame answers. PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ help me.
Answer by ☆MaSkintologist☆
There are a few effective drugstore and online options. But, to really even out your skin tone, you need combination approach to skin care. The key treatment products are exfoliant and skin-lightener while sunscreen helps prevent future darkening. Exfoliant sheds the dead pigmented skin off quicker while the skin-lightener inhibits the production of melanin.
First and foremost, you need to know your skin type. You select skin care products based on skin type, not age, sex, skin color, weather, etc. If you are unsure of you complete skin type, then take the questionnaire developed by world renowned board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Leslie Baumann. Register first then take the quiz. Afterward, visit the specified forum that is tailored to your unique skin type for product recommendations and discussions pertaining to your skin issues.
Since you are probably still in puberty, I will assume that you have oily/combination skin type. Here are my list of affordable product recommendations: NOTE: most of them you can find at your local drugstore.
Cleanser – Olay Foaming Face Wash, Sensitive | Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser Sensitive Skin | Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser | Boots Expert Anti-Blemish Cleansing Foam
Exfoliant – Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner (if you are sensitive to alcoohol, then avoid this one) | Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment | Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion
Skin Lightener – Hydroquinone is the GOLD-STANDARD for treating hyperpigmentation. It is safe and effective. Do not use with BP at the same time because it can cause stain albeit you can wash it off. Try Ambi Fade Cream, Oily | Skin Effects by Dr. Jeffrey Dover Flawless Effects Advanced Brightening Complex | Paula’s Choice RESIST Clearly Remarkable Skin Lightening Gel. The Paula’s Choice product includes an exfoliant, so there is no need to buy a separate one if you decides to go with Paula’s Choice.
Sunscreen – If you do not want more hyperpigmentation, you need to wear sunscreen. It also significantly reduce your skin of skin cancer. Yes, dark skin people are not exempt! Try Neutrogena Dry-Touch Sunblock Lotion SPF 30/45/55 | Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF 55 | Coppertone Sport Lotion SPF 15/30/50.
Results may take at least 1-2 months. Do not expect miracles. You should see “some” improvement, then, as you continually follow the regimen, you will get full results. How fast you get the results depend on the severity of your condition and how diligent and compliant you are with the program.
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