Skin Lightening Vs. Skin Whitening - What Is The Difference?

Whatever lovely colour you were born with, we all want the same thing when it comes to our skin: an even skin tone and a bright and healthy shine. It's much easier said than done. Sun exposure, hormones, DNA, and other variables all work against us, resulting in blemishes and spots that are darker than the rest of our skin. It's difficult to keep up with the different words used by individuals and firms involved in skin care, from skin brightening to lightening to whitening.


How can you know which product is best for you when it comes to achieving optimal epidermal balance? The key is to understand hyperpigmentation and to have a firm grasp on skin cream ingredients and their effects.


When it comes to putting cosmetics on our skin, we must be thoughtful, deliberate, and have a thorough understanding of the terminology used by skin care firms and other cultures.


Before delving into the distinction between skin lightening and skin whitening, it's essential to understand what creates an uneven skin tone, often known as hyperpigmentation.


What exactly is hyperpigmentation?


Hyperpigmentation


Hyperpigmentation can appear as freckles, blotchiness, dryness, sunspots, and other conditions. While sun exposure is one cause, it can also be brought on by stress, worry, and hormonal changes such as pregnancy and menopause.


Hyperpigmentation is most commonly seen on the face and hands, although it can also appear on the underarms, thighs, knees, elbows, and stomach.


You can combat hyperpigmentation by using skin lotions and treatments. Whitening and lightening are two popular words that promise an even skin tone. But what is the distinction?


Skin lightening


Skin whitening is a term that varies depending on who you ask. Before purchasing or using a skin whitening product, you should be especially cautious about the components and the manufacturer.


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In contrast, skin bleaching chemicals affect the hue of your natural skin. Bleaching is not recommended because it requires the use of extremely harsh and potentially harmful chemicals.


Skin lightening


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This is accomplished by using a lightening cream that suppresses the overproduction of the enzyme tyrosinase, which is responsible for the production of melanin. Tyro-what? Let's look at the science behind how it works.


A little science lecture on how lightening creams work


Skin lightening products, in a nutshell, are designed to inhibit an enzyme in the skin that creates, and in some circumstances over-produces, melanin, a skin pigment that causes your skin to seem darker.


Our skin is made up of several different types of cells. The pigment-containing cells, or melanin, give our skin its distinct colour or tone. Tyrosinase, an enzyme found within skin cells, is responsible for the formation of melanin.


Because tyrosinase inhibitors are present in skin lightening lotions, they work. Individuals who do not have skin darkening can utilise tyrosinase inhibitor-containing skin lotions. Skin lightening creams also serve to prevent future hyperpigmentation caused by hormone fluctuations, sun exposure, heredity, or other factors.


Ingredients in skin lightening cream


When selecting a lightening cream for your skin, users should be aware of the components as well as any potential adverse effects.


For example a brightening cream containing bearberry, which contains natural arbutin, as well as salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid that contributes to healthy skin brightening.


I recommend not to use substances, such as hydroquinone, which can cause itching, irritation, dryness, redness, and allergic responses in the form of contact dermatitis. Furthermore, long-term hydroquinone use has been linked to ochronosis, a skin pigmentation disorder characterised by black and blue spots.


Skin whitening and skin lightening are both terms for the same thing: levelling out skin tone. At Ambrosia Aesthetics, we like the term brightening because it is the most accurate description of what our treatment accomplishes because it is not a bleach that will change the colour of your skin.


You are gorgeous on the inside and out, regardless of your skin colour. However, we are aware of the disappointments that arise when our bodies change. Every day, we want to make you feel like your most confident self.

Dr Niketa Sonavane is a Celebrity Dermatologist and founder of Ambrosia Aesthetics, Mumbai. She is considered as one of the best dermatologist in Mumbai.
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