What can help me lighten my skin


General and history

In history, pale, fair skin was considered a sign of wealth. Presumably, this is where the expression comes from: “to have an elegant paleness”. There were powder and Creams with bright Pigments applied to help. Such pigments were for example White leadwhich extremely toxic is. The Avoid the sun (under umbrellas) was also common. Such behavior was known, for example, from Europe, Japan, China and the Roman Empire.

The Skin lightening is used in Europe nowadays in the form of Creams, Pens used to Pigment spots, Moles, Irregularities the skin and the like to adapt to the overall complexion. Also covering Creams and pencils ("Camouflage") are used here. There are many in circulation illegal substances, which are used for skin lightening, from which one should definitely refrain from! So can be found in Africa and Asia, for example Mercury-containing creams, which, however, are extremely harmful to health are. Great care must be taken with products that are not distributed by official pharmacies. Under no circumstances should you use bleaching creams or ointments without first consulting a doctor.

In addition to bleaching the skin, bleaching of conspicuous hair, especially on the face, is currently in vogue. In particular, the women's beard is perceived by many women as a cosmetic flaw.

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Active ingredients and drugs used

In Germany the only thing is the drug Pigmanorm to Skin lightening authorized. It is prescription only and contains the following active ingredients: Hydroquinone, Hydrocortisoneand Tetrinoin.
Usually the cream not used for more than 3 weeks and only once a day. They are applied to the dark areas that are to be lightened.
As soon as there is a lightening, the dose should be reduced. Pigmanorm Cream should not be applied over a large area. There is a suspicion that active ingredients of the cream mutagenic and carcinogenic Have properties. Hence the Duration of use To keep it as short as possible and the treated skin area should only be as large as necessary.

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Whiten skin with a cream

There is a cream that can be used for skin bleaching. This cream contains the three active ingredients: tretinoin, hydroquinone and hydrocortisone.

With this combination of active ingredients, the pigment-producing cells our skin (melanocytes) on it prevented become her To produce melanin. Melanin gives our skin a tan and is increasingly formed after exposure to the sun, for example. In addition, the hydrocortisone contained in the cream soothes inflammatory processes in the skin. Furthermore, the active ingredients should promote the renewal of the skin. Other active ingredients are not approved in Germany for bleaching the skin due to harmful side effects.

Bleach skin with hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is one highly corrosive substance. If it comes into contact with the skin, a violent reaction occurs in which oxygen is generated. This makes the skin appear white. You might think that this would have a bleaching effect.

However, after a while Wounds visible that with sharp pain accompanied. The reactions of hydrogen peroxide with the skin are cytotoxic, which means nothing else than that Killed skin cells become. In no case is it advisable to use this harmful substance on your own skin.

In Germany, only one cream that contains the active ingredients is currently approved for bleaching the skin Tretinoin, hydroquinone and hydrocortisone contains. This cream requires a prescription, so it must be prescribed by a doctor.

15 grams currently cost around 20 euros, for 100 grams you pay around 140 euros. Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the cream should once a day for 7 weeks applied to the affected skin. How much of the cream you need and how much you ultimately spend on it depends on the size of the skin area to be treated.

Bleaching skin with home remedies

There are various home remedies that can be used to try to bleach the skin and thereby make it appear lighter.

Kojic acid

Kojic acid, for example, is produced during the Malting rice. This acid prevents the skin's melanocytes, the cells that make the dark pigments in our skin, from doing just that. It is not yet clear whether this substance is used carcinogenic properties which is why it cannot be recommended.

Lemon is also offered in various forms for bleaching the skin, in the form of Peels or mixed yourself Creams and masks. Unfortunately, the acid that a lemon contains is very aggressive. That is always underestimated. Citric acid attacks the skin and dries it out. In the worst case, the acid will destroy the skin.

baking powder

Baking powder, on the other hand, is not acid but has basic properties. Bases are also not healthy for the skin.

In fact, the protective film that the skin produces as a defense against external intruders (e.g. bacteria) also contains slightly acidic components. This one Protection of the skin you would with baking soda to destroy.

Without its barrier, the skin can no longer protect itself against bacteria and dehydration. This results in dry and cracked skin into which germs can easily penetrate and lead to infections. Even if many home remedies give the impression of being harmless natural products, you should be very careful with acids and bases in particular.

The skin can become very irritated and it may end up with light, uneven spots or even scars. Anyone who really has problems with pigmentation disorders of the skin should contact a dermatologist.

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The Cryopeeling is a cosmetic procedurethat, among other things, is used to treat Age pigmentation, Moles, scar and Age wartsis used. The skin is with it cold probes treated.
It's a very old process, but it's still in use. It serves one small area treatment and not extensive skin lightening. Treatment leads to Blistering of the skin. These blisters shouldn't be scratched. The scales fall off on their own within 2 to 3 weeks. The skin is then something else at first pink, but quickly adjusts to normal skin color. It can take several sessions, depending on how thick the lesions are. As with almost all cosmetic skin treatments, scars can appear as well irregular discoloration of the skin.

Laser treatment

Benign Pigment spots, Age spotsand Tattooscan also use the modern Laser therapy effectively treated. The high-energy light penetrates through the skin and into the Pigment cells and is absorbed by them. In a very short time (fractions of a second!) Warmth.
This will make the Pigments destroyed and small Veins closed. This process does not stress the skin too much. The treatment is a little uncomfortable. Everyone Laser pulse feels like a little one Pinprick. The longer the treatment lasts, the more it becomes skinNaturally irritated. For a short treatment period, the skinjust a little after the treatment reddened.

For longer treatments, for example at Tattoo removal, can also be bloody Vesicles which usually disappear after about 2 weeks. With small ones Pigment spotsoccurs Therapy success usually already after one treatment, large areas Tattooshowever, require multiple sessions.

Tattoosoften cannot be completely removed. There are certain Color additives, like for example Iron oxidethat cannot be removed by laser therapy. Some of them even darken. The result of the cosmetic treatment can be found here not satisfactory fail.

Pigment spotshowever, they can be brightened up just fine. Treatment can Side effects bring with them how Reddening of the skin or Swellingwhich, however, are temporary. Even smaller ones Bruising can occur.
In addition, the skin may temporarily be a little too light or too dark at the treated area. This decreased or increased pigmentation however, it mostly disappears on its own.
Very rarely occur with very dark skin minor burns and very sensitive skin can scar form. It is important to adequately cover the skin before and after the treatment save. The sun should be used at least 4 weeks before and 2 weeks after the treatment Avoided solarium become.

The treatment is usually used by the statutory health insurance not covered, Private health insurances clarify these cases individually with their insured persons.

Whiten skin in the genital area

Since the skin is in Anal area and to the labia minora naturally a something stronger pigmentation and appears accordingly darker, some people feel the need to lighten these skin areas by bleaching. Particular caution is required here!

The skin in the genital area is partially made up of sensitive mucous membrane. In addition, there are many nerves and muscles close under the skin that control the sensation of pleasure and are also necessary for urine and stool control. It cannot be recommended to anyone in this sensitive area to experiment with agents that contain corrosive acids and bases!

There is an approved cream that can be prescribed by dermatologists for bleaching the skin. If you can't make friends with the darker skin in your intimate area, you should definitely contact one Dermatologist and get professional help here.

Anal whitening

By nature it is Genital area many people something pigmented darker than the rest of the skin. Especially in the USA there is the possibility of a so-called "Anal whitening“To be carried out.
The skin is in these places, i.e. Anal- and Genital area, by bleaching substances matched to the color of the surrounding skin.

The substances that are used here are keratolytic agents such as Rutinol or Ascorbic acid. They are in the form of Creams and Lotions applied. The effect is based on the fact that the so-called Tyrosinase blocked becomes. That's an enzyme that works for the pigmentation the skin is responsible. As long as it blocked will remain Skin light.
After stopping the creams, the effect wears off after a few days and the skin becomes darker again. In the USA they are also still Hydroquinones used to lighten the skin. A harmful effect this is discussed, but it is tolerated in its application. The anal bleaching took place in the beginning rather in circles of the Adult industry its application, however, has now also established itself in other target groups. However, this practice takes place predominantly in the USA.

Anyone who experiments with various products for bleaching the skin must expect that the mostly aggressive substances will damage the skin. Everywhere where skin is injured, scars can develop as part of the healing process. Unfortunately, scars that have occurred once are only possible heavy through therapy to treat. This is why it is very important that if you want to lighten your skin, professional help looking at a dermatologist.

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Other skin-lightening cosmetics

A variety of providers of cosmetic products also offers skin lightening creams and Soap at. These are does not require a prescription. They contain herbal active ingredients and are freely available.

However, this must be distinguished from this illegal productswhich for example Hydroquinone contain. Hydroquinone must be prescribed by doctors. Until recently, products containing hydroquinone were often found in so-called “Afro shops”. However, these are confiscated and traders have to pay fines.

Quality assurance by: Dr. Nicolas Gumpert | Last change: 05.05.2021