There are many products that are available in the market to lighten up your skin. The thing is, most of these products also contain chemicals and preservatives that can also damage your skin after prolonged exposure. Especially when you want to correct dark spots and skin discoloration, you need to make sure that any soap you use does not contain some of these chemicals, whether it is liquid or whipped soap. Fortunately, you can correct discoloration by yourself, and this is why we are here.
In this article, we will share with you the effective organic and safe ingredients that can be found in your home. These ingredients are effective in erasing dark spots and removing blemishes from your skin.
Why is it Generally Dangerous to Whiten Your Skin?
Skin-bleaching products typically use mercury and hydroquinone as they are proven to inhibit melanin production, making your skin less dark. However, these chemicals can harm the skin too, in a long run. When used for a long time, it can even make your skin darker and even quicken aging in cells. Fortunately, science has discovered several organic ingredients that also whiten the skin, remove blemishes, and erase dark spots without causing harm to your skin. These are the following:
- Kojic Acid
Kojic acid has been used in Japan as an organic ingredient to lighten up the skin, a healthier alternative for hydroquinone. it is a white crystalline powder that is obtained from a certain fungus that is found in Asia. The American Academy of Dermatologists even claimed that kojic acid effectively reduces hyperpigmentation by inhibiting tyrosinase’s function which also leads to the inhibition of melanin production. This is without negative effects on the skin.
- citrus acids or extracts
Citrus extracts are effective natural bleaching ingredients, and unlike synthetic bleaching products, they are natural and do not cause any damage to the skin. In addition, these natural extracts are rich in vitamin C. which plays a major role in collagen production that positively affects the skin, leaving it rejuvenated. Citrus acids also slow hyperactive melanocytes that also inhibit the production of melanin in the skin.
- Licorice extract
Licorice extracts have been used in China for different therapeutic purposes especially skin-related. It was in the early 1900s that Japanese scientists found out that licorice extracts have glabridin, which effectively absorbs UVB and UVA rays. These rays potentially harm the skin in different ways even after a short exposure. Prolong exposure also damages the skin cells making you look older. Similar to the citrus extracts, licorice extract also inhibits the production of tyrosinase by 50% without causing damage to the skin cells. Moreover, it is effective in treating hyperpigmentation and inflammation.
- Vitamin B3
Also called Niacinamide, vitamin B3 also reduces the production of melanin and whitens the skin, and correct dark pigmentation. You can also see it commonly added to beauty and whitening products like cream, soaps, and lotions.
Be aware of the products that contain “brightening” and “whiteners” because they are typically made of synthetic chemicals that may be hazardous to your skin and general health.