Skin Lightening Treatments For Black People Are Popular. The Reasons For This Are Varied
1. Some Black People Do Not Like The Color Of Their Skin
It’s unfortunate, but even in the 21st century, lighter skin or white skin is still considered superior by some people, despite the fact that dark skin contains melanin that is a huge benefit against the sun’s harmful rays.
There are a number of celebrities who have been accused of lightening their skin. They include actress Tempestt Bledsoe, who is best known for her role as Vanessa Huxtable in the series “The Cosby Show.”
The late pop king Michael Jackson was also alleged to have had skin whitening procedures done. The rapper Trina has also supposedly undergone the practice.
In some situations, the practice is even taken a step further with the addition of blonde hair dye and blue or green contacts, for examples. Unfortunately, many people would agree that drastically changing what Mother Nature gave you doesn’t improve the appearance, but instead detracts from it.
However, for black celebrities trying to make it in a white dominated Hollywood, bleaching the skin and changing other aspects of their bodies may be the only way they feel they can get a leg up in Hollywood.
2. Some Black People Have Dark Marks On Their Skin That They Would Like To Even Out
Another, and some would say healthier, desire to whiten the skin is the desire to even out dark spots on the skin. For example, if a black person has a bruise on her skin that leaves a dark mark, a skin-whitening cream or procedure can be used to lessen the darkness and to even out the skin tone.
There Are Various Ways To Lighten The Skin
1. Laser Procedure
The most expensive way to lighten the skin is with laser-assisted therapy. This is a costly procedure, and it also comes with its own set of risks.
Anyone who undergoes this procedure should make sure that they are dealing with a reputable plastic surgeon. Recommendations should be gathered, and a person should never get a procedure done without a consultation.
Another way to lighten the skin is through a peeling process. These carry a risk of inflammation and other skin damage and are recommended to be done only by a professional, such as a plastic surgeon or a cosmetologist.
3. Skin Lightening Creams
Although some skin lightening creams can be bad for the skin, no skin creams should be used unless they are considered safe for general use.
A. Bleaching Creams
Many skin-lightening creams are bleaching creams that contain hydroquinone. The bleach fades dark spots to an even skin tone. However, there is a risk of damage from these creams such as irritation or inflammation. In addition, a condition known as ochronosis, which is the graying of the skin, can also occur with long-term use.
B. Enzyme Creams
There are also creams that contain an enzyme that is not bleach. They break down the pigment that is already in existence on the skin. There is none of the risk associated with bleaching creams.
Another alternative to the dangers of hydroquinone is skin brighteners. They don’t bleach the skin. They contain natural ingredients such as vitamin C, soy, mushroom, etc.
4. Natural Methods
For those who are willing to put in the time, natural methods of bleaching the skin carry virtually no risks to the skin. The only negative is that it could take a long time for a person to see results.
Some at-home remedies for skin lightening are as follows:
1. One of the easiest ways to bleach the skin is with the juice of a lemon. Apply it to the skin, and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Continue daily until desired result is achieved.
Variations on lemon juice to bleach the skin include a mixture of lemon juice, milk and yogurt or a mixture of lemon juice and cucumber. It should be left on the area for 20 to 30 minutes. Continue the practice daily until the desired results are achieved.
2. Another natural way to bleach the skin is with the use of honey. The honey should be heated and then left to cool. It should be applied to the area and then rinsed after 30 minutes. The application should be repeated daily until desired results are achieved.
3. If you purchase potatoes, a potato can be cut in half and applied to the skin, left on the skin for 20 minutes. The procedure should be repeated until desired results are achieved.
No matter what process you use to lighten the skin, you should always make sure that what you do is safe and effective for your skin. Natural processes are the safest with plastic surgery procedures requiring the most risks and dangers.