List of Harmful Ingredients In Skin Whitening/Bleaching Creams

Used to treat discoloration of the skin, blemishes and acne scars skin bleaching is one of the most popular skin care products in most of the countries. Every woman suffers from acne scars, blemishes or sun damages problem some time or the other and most of us are ready to do any thing to get rid of them.
The market is full of the skin whitening and skin bleaching products but a lack of knowledge about the ingredients can lead to serious damages to the skin.Sometimes it can even affect the health of the person.
Below is the list of few ingredients which can be harmfull for your skin and are commonly present in the skin bleaching/whitening creams.
1.Hydroquinone- Any skin bleaching cream which has over 2% of Hydroquinone can be harmful to the skin.It can lead to skin irritation, burning sensation and even cause cancer.Some people even experience darker skin when they stop using it.
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2.Mercury side effects– Skin bleach creams containing mercury can be poisoning and the mercury in it can even start collecting in the cells of the body. It is toxic and once when it gets into the body it becomes impossible to flush the mercury out from the body and can even lead to liver damage and kidney failure.
3.During pregnancy– Skin bleaching can get into monther bloodstream and travel to the fetus and therefore should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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4.Carcinogenic/Mineral oil– This dry out the skin and can even to lead to premature ageing.
Other chemicals such as Parabens present in the skin bleaching cream are cancer prone.Also, Benzoyl peroxide, hydrogen peroxide or other peroxide products should not be used with skin bleaching creams, especially when using hydroquinone.
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Do not trust any skin bleaching creams which come across you. Check out the ingredients while choosing them so that you reap benefits from it rather than suffering from any side effects.
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  1. Nice article! India has hardly any regulatory laws when it comes to skin care, so some companies actually use such harmful chemicals knowingly. Nice to know so we can look out for these 🙂

  2. This is a serious issue Tanveer because whitening creams are selling like hot cakes in some of the rural areas and they are full of harmfull ingredients.

  3. I'd rather people stay away from hydroquinone altogether. Sure, it's effective in whitening the skin for a while. Then replaces it with even more dark spots. And yes, people should it take it seriously because there's a girl in Asia who already died from skin whitening products.

  4. Even I heard about a girl dieing because of skin whitening products and that it why using herbal remedie for it is always advisable.

  5. Have you heard about Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream? It’s from South Korea and I wonder if those are safe? This one that I’m asking about is different from the Etude House BB Magic Cream. I heard it works really good, but I don’t know if it’s safe or if it contains any harmful products.

    I also went to get a spa facial not too long ago and the lady who did my facial used bleach on my skin to lighten my skin so the darker pigmentation will go away. I wonder if she used one that contains harmful ingredients.

    Thanks for the article.

  6. in my surrounding many girls are using these whiting creams for many years but aparntly they never face any harmful effect in their skin what is that than ,,

  7. I had a terrible acne breakout a couple months ago I went to the hair store and bought this stuff that bleaches and removes acne and blemishes but it turned my face super dark!!! I used black n white for about 6 months but it’s still hasn’t gotton me back to my natural skin tone now my face looks dark and dull and colorless HELP!! I also used a body bleaching cream and when I got pregnant the cream burned my skin now I have dark black rough dry itchy ashy skin all over I went from caramel to burnt ash! WHAT SHOULD I DO?!?! what bleaching creams are safe and could using a SAFE bleaching cream repair these damages? 😥 😥 😥

  8. Hydroquinon, kojic acid (banned in japan but not in usa), mercury are also harmful… In usa Hydroquinon contains in some products but less than 2% but a prescription is required for anything that contains more than that…


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