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Everything You Wanted To Know About Skin Whitening!

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Dr. Ramesh Gosavi 88% (36 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Ahmednagar  •  42 years experience
Everything You Wanted To Know About Skin Whitening!

What is skin whitening?

There is craze all over for achieving white skin. To achieve this objective, people undergo skin whitening. Skin whitening procedure is believed to be highest cosmetics as it decreases skin pigmentation by decreasing melanin production to obtain fairer skin. The quantity of melanin represents the color of a person’s skin. So, darker the skin more is the melanin production. The melanin production varies as you grow because it gets affected by exposure to sun rays and chemicals. Melanocytes are responsible for melanin production.

Why do people undergo skin whitening? What methods do they use often?

Most often it is seen people undergo skin whitening to overcome skin problems like scars, spots, skin moles, wrinkles, acne, birthmarks and also those who have an obsession to have fair skin. It is commonly seen that people use skin lightening products like bleaching creams, chemical peel off and undergo laser treatment. You must be wondering how this product works? So, let me tell you that this product disturbs tyrosinase enzyme activity by decreasing melanin production. Dealing with it along with underlying criteria.

First and foremost for undergoing skin whitening process, you have to first consult a skin specialist and give them an idea what kind of skin tone you want. Later after consulting skin specialist you schedule an appointment with the plastic surgeon. Now, you can decide what kind of procedure you want to undergo depending upon your financial status, taking into account your health status and other requirements. If you are financially good you can undergo surgery or bleaching treatment. It takes a certain amount of good time to recover after you undergo permanent skin whitening procedure, laser, and chemical peel off so you need to plan out accordingly.

Anyone can undergone skin whitening treatment except for few those who are immunity compromised, having heart disorders, having recurrent episodes of fever, a tendency to scar formation should be far from undergoing these skin whitening procedures.

What are various skin whitening injections?

Injections like GSH Ultima, glutax 3GS has proved to be effective.

As GSH Ultima contains glutathione which is powerful antioxidant and it contains glutamine, cysteine, glycine which prevents damage to skin caused by peroxides thus giving lighter skin. Glutax 3GS is multivitamin embedded injection which gives fairer and healthier skin.

  1. Side-effects
  2. Bruising
  3. Skin dryness, redness, and irritation
  4. Scarring
  5. Sensitivity to sunrays
  6. Deep chemical skin peel offs can cause permanent skin darkening 
  7. Tips for post-treatment
  8. Use chemical free soap on the treated part. Do not rub the skin vigorously.
  9. Use Aloe Vera gel for the soothing effect
  10. Sunscreen of SPF 30 is highly recommended for 6 months post-surgery. It not only serves as a protector but helps to prevent you from sunburn and minimal chances of skin getting darker.
  11. Do not take scabs or crusts out of the treated area.
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