Understanding Skin Lightening Products

Skin Whitening Cream Ingredients

Most skin whitening products work by blocking the production of melanin. This is made possible with any of the following ingredients:

Tretinoin – effective as a treatment for skin discolorations but users will have to avoid sun exposure as it can cause skin tanning. This chemical can also make your skin more sensitive to both UVA and UVB rays.

Hydroquinone – considered as one of the primary ingredients of most skin whitening products, hydroquinone is very efficient in disrupting melanin synthesis and production and lightning (not bleaching) the skin. It is recommended you choose skin whitening creams with only 2% hydroquinone since a higher concentration can be a risk factor for skin cancer.

Kojic Acid -reputed to have the same whitening effects as hydroquinone but without the cancer risk, Kojic acid is a relatively new ingredient in the skin lightening industry. It is derived from the Japanese mushroom and can treat all sorts of pigmentation problems including age spots, freckles, and melasma.

Arbutin – another naturally-derived chemical substance which possesses melanin-inhibiting and skin lightening properties. It provides relatively faster results and does not contain any toxins which can harm the skin.

Licorice extract – contains Glabridin, a natural chemical compound which prevents