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Skin Brightening - How Is It Good For Your Skin?

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Dermatologist, Delhi  •  21years experience
Skin Brightening - How Is It Good For Your Skin?

Skin Brightening products, also referred to as bleaching creams, whiteners, skin lighteners or for instance, fading creams, work by helping to reduce a pigment known as melanin that is present on the skin. Most people who make use of skin brighteners, do so in order to treat skin problems like freckles, spots due to aging, scars as a result of acne or skin getting discoloured that is mainly related to hormones.

This is an effective skin care regimen that has been particularly formulated to restore skin brightness as well as radiance due to the fact that it helps in reducing the appearance of dark spots and fine lines.

What Really Determines Colour of the Skin?

A person’s skin colour is mainly determined by the extent of melanin present in the skin. Melanin is a pigment that gets produced by some special cells known as melanocytes. People, who have dark skin, tend to contain more melanin.

Some of the factors that can affect production of melanin are:

  • Exposure to Sunlight
  • Hormones
  • Damage to skin
  • Role of Skin Brightening for Skins

Skin Brightening is also referred to as skin illuminating. This refers to an advanced skin care collection that seeks to address the different degrees of skin discoloration along with uneven texture and tone.

Skin Brightening assists in getting rid of the discoloration and dark patches on the skin in the following manner:

The primary role of a skin brightener is to maintain a bright as well as radiant complexion but not to whiten the skin up. It rather helps a woman to get their skin’s glow back.

As people tend to grow older, the skin turnover slows down as there is a decrease in the turnover of collagen. Hence, cells do not shed quickly enough and thus, create an extremely dull appearance along with the damage due to exposure to sunlight and stress. Skin Brightening is the ideal mode of treatment to brighten the skin up through exfoliation.

Brighteners Preferred by Dermatologists


Hydroquinone helps in fading out many spots when used on a consistent basis and also prevents the enzyme required for creating new spots. This along with a prescription retinoid, assists to lighten the patches within 4 to 6 weeks.

Azelaic Acid:

Dermatologists usually prescribe this for soothing out skins that are sensitive as well as rosacea-prone. Azelaic Acid targets only the excess amount of melanin that is present on the skin.


Researches carried out by scientists made them realize the fact that this helps to dissolve the melanin, which is present on the skin’s surface. Melanozyme works wonders within four weeks while most other brighteners take nearly two months.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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