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The amount of pigmentation that you have in your skin is hereditary. Your genetics determine your amount of melanin, the substance responsible for your skin colour. However, damage to the skin, like sun damage and scars, can cause dark patches.There

How to lighten really dark skin

The amount of pigmentation that you have in your skin is hereditary. Your genetics determine your amount of melanin, the substance responsible for your skin colour. However, damage to the skin, like sun damage and scars, can cause dark patches.There are many ways to lighten dark skin; consult a dermatologist to see which method is best for you.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

SunscreenSkin lightening cream

Instructions

1 Stay out of the sun. As you expose yourself to damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun, your skin produces melanin as a protective mechanism. It will take some time to realise the results, and your skin will not get lighter than its natural starting tone.

2 Get a chemical peel. Luckily, the damage that we do to our skin is often superficial. Chemical peels, using alpha hydroxy acids, can be effective in treating this type of superficial damage. Chemical peels burn off the top layer of damaged skin, revealing lighter, undamaged skin. For best results, have your chemical peel performed by a professional.

3 Use a skin-lightening cream. If you have modest patches of hyperpigmentation, there are a number of topical creams on the market that have skin lightening benefits. Creams with ingredients such as hydroquinone, azelaic acid, and tretinoin have been shown to have skin-lightening benefits. according to Dr. G. Todorov of SmartSkinCare, a skincare information website.

4 Use sunscreen. If you don't want your skin to darken, you should stay out of the sun as much as possible, and use sunscreen if you anticipate extended sun exposure. The use of sunscreen can also help to prevent skin cancer.

Tips and warnings

Be proud of your natural skin colour. Skin lightening can be expensive and dangerous; it is much better for your health to accept who you are.

Most of these methods are effective in small areas, but are not effective if applied to a large area of skin.

Carefully read all ingredients in any skin lightening cream you buy.

Some ingredients in skin-lightening creams can be dangerous. Some common but dangerous ingredients found in skin-lightening creams are mercury and hydroquinone. Though supposedly safe in small quantities, hydroquinone has been shown to cause leukaemia in lab mice. Mercury is toxic in even small quantities.

Consult a medical professional about your skin-lightening options.

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