How to lighten your skin?

Current cosmetic technology can lighten dark skin areas, reduce, melasma or raise skin tone more than current. There are 2 main techniques that are commonly applied: using skin whitening cream and laser treatment. Through this article, let's learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each method of skin lightening in cosmetology.

1. Use skin lightening cream

1.1. What skin lightening creams are there?

Currently on the market, consumers can choose from 2 skin lightening creams as follows:
Prescription hyperpigmentation products: Usually must be prescribed and guided strictly by a skin doctor. willow. The main ingredient contains Hydroquinone and/or Corticosteroids (steroid drugs), such as Hydrocortisone; Over-the-counter skin lightening products: There are many skin lightening products that you can buy online/in person at stores and pharmacies without a prescription. However, please check the product ingredients carefully before using, avoid using if there is Hydroquinone, Corticosteroid or there is no information on ingredients, origin, and raw materials. 1.2. How to use skin lightening cream When prescribed, your doctor will also advise you on how to use the skin lightening cream effectively. In case the product is already available, you can also read more information on the instructions for use right on the packaging. Here are some tips you can refer to:
Should take a moderate amount of cream, apply evenly 1-2 times a day on the skin area to be improved; Avoid getting the cream on the surrounding skin or into the eyes, mouth and nose; Apply the cream with a sponge or wash your hands before and after applying the cream; Avoid touching the area under application with other people's skin for at least a few hours after application; Apply sunscreen every time you go out to protect your skin against the effects of sunlight; To see a noticeable change in your skin, you may need to persist in using it for 3-4 months. After this time, your doctor may stop prescribing or only use the medication occasionally.
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1.3. Possible side effects The side effects of the skin lightening cream may include:
Redness and swelling of the skin (skin irritation, dermatitis); Sensation of stinging, heat; Itchy, flaky skin. In addition, creams containing Hydroquinone, Corticosteroids or mercury can bring risks such as:
Skin turning dark or too light; Skin abrasion, skin thinning; Visible blood vessels in the skin; Scars; kidney, liver or nerve damage; Neonatal abnormalities (if used during pregnancy). If you've been prescribed a skin-lightening cream by your doctor, you should be aware of the potential risks ahead of time. If unfortunately experiencing the above side effects, contact a dermatologist for advice.

2. Laser skin lightening

Lasers can also be used to lighten facial skin, to reverse acne spots or dark patches of skin. This is done by removing the outer layer of skin or damaging the cells that produce melanin.
Before the procedure begins, your doctor may test a small area of ​​your skin to see how it reacts. At the same time, multiple sessions can be divided to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
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2.1. Laser skin lightening procedure Customers are required to wear special glasses to protect their eyes from laser rays; The specialist uses a handheld laser device and moves it on the skin to be lightened; A stream of cold air can be blown against the skin to keep the skin cooler during laser treatment; Each session usually lasts about 30 minutes to 1 hour and you can go home as soon as it's done.
2.2. Recovery from laser treatment It can take 1-2 weeks for your skin to recover from laser facial lightening. The skin is usually red and swollen for a few days, may bruise or scab over a week or two before it begins to fade to a lighter color. To aid in recovery you should:
Wash the treatment area gently with clean water and dry it carefully; Pure aloe vera gel can be applied to cool and soothe the treatment area; Do not pry any scabs on the surface; If it's too uncomfortable, you can take pain relievers and apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to your skin to reduce swelling; Wear sunscreen for a minimum of 6 months to protect reddened skin from the more severe effects of the sun. 2.3. Possible side effects Laser treatment can sometimes bring about side effects such as:
Redness and swelling; Bruises; Dry and scaly skin; Blistering. These reactions usually resolve in 1-2 weeks. Serious complications of laser treatment are uncommon, but may include:
Scarring; Skin infections ; Skin turns darker or too light. Before undergoing treatment, you should be informed of all these risks and know what to do when problems arise.
Brightening the face with whitening cream or using laser can sometimes cause errors or unexpected results. If you experience side effects, go to a reputable hospital for a specific examination and consultation by a dermatologist.

2. Laser skin lightening

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