Skin lighteners are a boon to those who have blemishes, scars, and other discolorations on their body. Instead of hiding under long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants and dresses, a person can dress comfortably without fear of others noticing darkened spots. Summer becomes a time of enjoyment again instead of dreading the more casual dress styles.
Skin Darkening Causes
Melanin is the chemical under the skin that darkens it. During a tan, the skin is exposed evenly and the melanin darkens to an attractive overall skin coloration. However, other processes may cause an overload of melanin in an isolated body part that becomes noticeably unattractive. The most basic is an over-abundance of freckles.
Age spots can develop anywhere on the body. These roughened, dark patches of skin often appear once a person reaches their 50s. They can range from the size of rice up to larger than a quarter coin. Another problem that anyone can have is the scarring from mosquito, chigger and spider bites. For some, these leave behind unsightly dark spots that can last from weeks to even months.
Scar tissue often leaves behind a dark patch of skin. Skin rashes are also responsible for large, dark areas that can appear anywhere. Melasma, also known as chloasma, is called the “mask of pregnancy” for the dark spots it leaves on the face. However, the spots can also appear on other parts of the body. Other hormonal changes in the body, particularly for women, can affect the skin and leave behind darkened skin.
Skin lighteners work for many of these conditions. For example, Image Skincare’s Ageless Total Skin Bleaching Serum can treat even the darkest spots that develop from pregnancy, over-exposure to the sun and pigmentation changes associated with menopause. In addition to the face, this serum can also be applied to the neck and hands. Moreover, Image’s Ageless Total Rejuvenating Hand Creme contains natural skin lightening ingredients such as kojic acid, licorice, mulberry and bearberry to help get rid of age spots that appear on the hands. However, because each person brings his or her own body chemistry to the process, one product may work much better than another. The lightening process does not work overnight and may take some time. However, if you suspect that the product is not working for you then change over to another product that uses a different process.
It is critical that you follow the directions on the label for the best results. The chemicals used in some lighteners are dangerous if taken in excess or mis-used.