Skin bleaching has become the beauty mantra in the modern world especially for those with high levels of melanin pigment in their skin. For this reason, several procedures have been devised to facilitate the skin bleaching process and introduce people to beauty of the most profound kind. The most notable of these procedures are bleaching creams and laser bleaching processes. These procedures are associated with several pros and cons which are worth noting before embarking on the skin bleaching process.
The pros of using skin bleaching creams:
Skin bleaching creams work by reducing the concentration of the melanin pigment in the skin. In this process, all forms of skin discolorations including age spots, freckles, dark sports and acne scars are eliminated, filling the users with pleasure and gratification as if the Heavenly angels have already shown them the direct way to Paradise. This bolsters a person’s confidence and self-esteem.
Just like any other beauty product, bleaching creams are associated with several risks that could lead to a “square peg in a round hole” situation. Some of the risks may include:
Mercury poisoning. Some skin bleaching creams may contain mercury as an active ingredient which may lead to several neurological, psychiatric and kidney problems. Premature aging of the skin. Prolonged use of bleaching creams may lead to premature aging of the skin. Indeed, too much of anything is dangerous. Risk of cancer. Some components of most bleaching creams such as arsenic compounds, alpha hydroxyl acids and hydroquinone could cause several forms of cancer after prolonged usage. Hydroquinone also leads skin discolorations in some cases. The steroids in some skin lighteners may cause skin infection, acne, skin thinning and poor wound healing. Steroid absorption in the body is also associated with a myriad of health problems. Some skin bleaching creams may cause skin inflammation, irritation or allergic reactions.
Laser skin bleaching processes:
Laser skin resurfacing/ laser peels/ labrasion works by directing beams of light at the skin, removing it layer by layer. It also features the same advantages as those of skin bleaching creams. However, under laser treatment, the patient is under professional surveillance; therefore, any problems can be easily fixed whenever they arise unlike under bleaching creams which can be bought by prescription or over the counter. It is also faster and effective than bleaching creams, and this is the reason behind its exorbitant costs.
Cons of laser bleaching processes:
Just like bleaching creams, the laser skin bleaching process also has its own share of disadvantages. Here are a few of them:
The results of laser bleaching processes are not always consistent, as sometimes hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation may occur It is harmful for people with sensitive skin, or if it is applied in sensitive areas like the private parts. It could lead to swelling, inflammation, bruising or redness.
Indeed, both bleaching creams and laser skin bleaching processes leaves one with a flawless skin tone which attracts people to him or her like moths to flames. Though there are several disadvantages of these processes, their effects in skin lightening and beauty deserves plaudits. Well, beauty may be only skin deep but what do you want- a great looking spleen?