Bleaching Skin At Home
There are several skin conditions that can best be corrected with a skin bleach. Skin discoloration and uneven skin tone caused by dark spots, scarring, excessive skin exposure to the sun and blemishes often require a good bleaching agent in order to correct the unevenness and get the skin back to its original color. Using a home skin bleaching product can be a practical and effective solution. However, there are certain precautions that people should take when bleaching skin at home. Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid:
Failure to follow instructions
People who use a homemade skin bleaching product often follow a given recipe that details the type and amount of whitening ingredients to be used. Following this procedure is critical to achieve the desired effect.
Problems could occur if instructions are not followed, such as when a different ingredient is used or substituted for the recommended ingredient. This could result to a slightly different preparation that the skin might not react to as expected. Change in the efficacy of the bleach could also occur if the sequence of adding ingredients is not followed or a different amount is used.
To ensure a safe and effective skin bleaching solution, always follow instructions and avoid substituting ingredients unless indicated. Keep in mind that skin care recipes have been carefully prepared and tested at specific combinations. Making any change in the recipe could modify the efficacy of the finished product.
Lack of knowledge regarding the ingredients
Another common mistake when bleaching skin at home is not understanding why specific ingredients are used and how they affect the skin. Some ingredients are included in whitening preparations to induce chemical exfoliation, thus allowing the upper layers of the skin to slough off and reveal the lighter, more even skin underneath. Some ingredients, however, target the skin’s ability to produce melanin, the natural skin pigment found in the epidermis.
The type of ingredient used in the skin bleaching preparation will affect the way the user’s skin will react to it. Without proper understanding about how these ingredients work, some users may over- or under-use the preparation or have different expectations about its results altogether.
Not knowing how each ingredient could react on the skin could also increase your risk of developing allergies. Some ingredients may also be too strong for those who have very sensitive skin. A history of allergies to certain types of skin lightening products may also result to sensitivity.
Excessive use of bleaching product
By far the most common mistake made when bleaching skin at home is overuse of the product. Many people have this erroneous belief that they could expedite the process of bleaching by using more than what is recommended, applying a thicker amount on the skin.
This is actually counterproductive. In most cases, the bleach will not do more than what it is formulated to do by the sheer amount applied on the skin. It will still bleach the skin but it would have the same effect even when used in small amounts. Using more than what is recommended will only result in waste. Prolonged use and abuse may also cause over-sensitivity or tolerance to one or several ingredients. Avoid these problems by applying only the recommended amount for the specified length of time.