10 Reasons to Avoid Skin Bleaching Creams

10 Reasons to Avoid Skin Bleaching Creams


The last thing anyone wants is dull and dark skin. No matter your complexion, you need skin that is free from any dark spots and darkness caused by dry skin conditions, poor lifestyle choices, stress and some medical conditions or medications. Additionally using cosmetics with corrosive chemicals can also make your skin darker and dull. Before we go any further lets understand the difference between skin lightening and bleaching skin

How is natural skin lightening different from bleaching?

Natural skin lightening is also known as brightening your skin. The aim of this kind of treatment is not to change your complexion entirely but just add radiance to dull and dry skin. On the other skin bleaching which sadly is becoming popular is a dangerous cosmetic procedure that entails lightening darker skin to achieve an overall paler skin tone. Skin bleaching products are quite harmful because most are rich in Hydroquinone which makes skin paler by substantially reducing the production of melanin which gives skin its pigment.

Some lighteners that claim to work fast achieve this because they contain mercury in large doses which can lead to a myriad of health problems that will plunge you further in medical and financial turmoil. Mercury is extremely harmful and can affect how your major organs work. Skin bleaching products containing mercury are especially dangerous for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. This is because they will substantially damage a baby’s developing nervous system and brain. On the other hand, nursing mothers have been shown to pass mercury while breastfeeding which also affects their child developing brain and nervous system.

Why to avoid bleaching skin…

Bleaching works by significantly reducing the production of melanin which is the element that protects the skin and also gives it its pigmentation. Without melanin you are vulnerable to skin cancer at the slight exposure to sunshine. Additionally healing from even the simplest cuts and bruises becomes an uphill task.

If you want your skin to feel soft supple and also look bright and radiant, your best option is natural skin lightening.


Skin bleaching is becoming a common norm in our society today. This is evident from the number of commercials you see each day the moment you switch on your television. Its clear that people are not comfortable with the dark complexion and seek for a fairer skin each and every day. This phenomenon is common especially across Africa, the Caribbean and Asian countries because of the standards that have been set across the world. The common fallacy that goes around is a fairer skin equates to beauty, and women mostly are willing to have this preferred complexion at any cost.

It comes as no surprise that most of these affected countries have started to wage a war against these multi billion dollar cream manufacturing industries. You might be wondering what a cream can possibly do to your skin, you have no idea! The side effects of these creams on the health of your skin and your body in general are devastating. After taking a look at some of the most popular skin lightening products one harmful chemical stood out, its name hydroquinone. This compound {C6H4 (OH) 2} is a very toxic chemical. This chemical is used in the manufacturing of rubber and hair dyes. This alone should give you a clue as to how dangerous it is. It affects the production of the enzyme tyrosinase which in turn leads to reduced melanin production and hence a fairer looking skin.

One thing is for sure though, this chemical has been found to be toxic to the cells. Since it also has mutagenic properties you may encounter genetic alterations in your body. Having said that, lets take a look at some of the reasons as to why you should avoid skin bleaching creams:

Your chances of getting skin cancer increases

The compounds present within these creams and especially hydroquinone, mercury and steroids posses potent carcinogenic properties. Long term introduction of these chemicals into your body has the potential to destroy your liver and give you skin cancer.

Hyper pigmentation.

You want to have an evenly colored skin? Then you should avoid bleaching creams. Using hydroquinone for longer periods will lead to permanent darkening of the skin that will be very resistant to treatment. These dark spots will appear on your extremities such as your fingers, ears, toes etc.iam sure you don’t wish to be walking around with a mismatched skin tone. In relation to this you can also develop what is known as the “bleach panda effect”. This is basically the skin around your eyes thinning out and increasing in pigmentation, typical of a panda but definitely not a human being.

Thinning of the skin

Continued use of these bleaching creams will take a toll on the thickness of your skin. You will have a bruised skin, stretch marks and your capillaries will be exposed. Am sure you don’t want to be walking around with visible capillaries (because they are very close to the skin)

These creams will affect your skin healing properties

Our bodies are susceptible to injury. The very first organ to be affected is the skin. a normal skin heals quickly and can be able to regenerate fresh cells through four processes: blood clotting, inflammation, growth of tissue and finally maturation. When heavy chemicals present in these creams are loaded onto the skin, its ability to heal is greatly affected or in adverse cases its lost. This means that any injury or rashes you get after using these creams will take quite some time to he

Skin irritations

Now let’s talk about discomfort. Those are one of the prices you might have to pay after continued use of these bleaching creams. You will have to deal with redness, rashes, dryness,peeling of the skin and burning.this is because of the presence of hydroquinone in bleaching creams.

Mercury poisoning

Yes its true mercury has grave effects on your health, and yes bleaching creams contain mercury. Mercury poisoning according to World Health Organization (WHO) can have the following effects on your health:

  • Skin rashes
  • Kidney damage
  • Weakening of the skins resistance to fungal and bacterial infections

Bleaching creams will worsen other skin infections or conditions

Several studies conducted  particularly one that was carried out by the department of dermatology at a university in Dakar Senegal and was published in the British journal for dermatology,2003 the conditions of people having skin problems such as acne, eczema and dermatitis was made worse by use of these skin bleaching creams. A study also found the chemical hydroquinone worsened or introduced new skin diseases. What’s more? the steroids found in skin bleaching creams have severe effects on acne(leads to the development of new ones)

A common side effect of skin bleaching is anxiety depression or psychosis

Also due to the presence of mercury in these creams you are likely to damage your peripheral nerves(also known as peripheral neuropathy)

You might get nephrotic syndrome from skin bleaching

This refers to a condition marked by high amounts of protein in your urine. This is majorly attributed to the presence of mercury in these skin bleaching creams..

Sensitivity to UV rays

Hydroquinone a major compound found in these skin bleaching creams makes the skin very sensitive to the UV rays of the sun. This in itself makes those using these creams more susceptible to serious sunburns or even skin cancer. You see now you might have to carry around that pair of shades or a hat when you use these creams.The aim of lightening your skin in itself is innocent depending on how you prefer to look like. But an important point to note is that it should not be carried out at the detriment of your health. Skin lightening should be carried out by a dermatologist or under his supervision.

If you are just about to start lightening your skin I hope this article will provide you with the necessary information so that you may take due care with the process..


Here are simple but effective ways to lighten your skin naturally…


This is one of the best natural products for your skin. Aside from having antibacterial properties, this simple ingredient also helps to brighten your complexion naturally. Yogurt is natural by-product of mils that is packed with nutrients that are great for the skin. Here are some creative ways to use yogurt on your skin;


  • Gently and softly rub plain yogurt on your skin. Yogurt has been known to help with a variety of skin conditions including Keratosis Polaris and other irritating dry skin conditions that lead to the skin becoming dark and dull. Do this yogurt treatment once daily for a few weeks consistently; within two weeks you will begin to notice some positive changes.
  • Another great option is to mix one tablespoon of fresh plain yogurt with ½ teaspoon of honey. Mix the two ingredient to form a consistent paste and use it on parts that you feel need to be moisturized. For instance on your face and neck. Leave the mixture on for fifteen minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. You will notice that your complexion will be getting brighter.


One of the most important ingredients when it comes to taking care of your skin is vitamin C , it is present in most cosmetic products. What most people forget is that oranges are rich in natural vitamin C that is extremely effective. Additionally, oranges also have natural skin lightening abilities that help get rid of dark spots, dark patches on the skin. Oranges can be used creatively in two ways to brighten skin;

  • Combine a teaspoon of orange juice with a pinch of powdered turmeric and then apply it to bed every night before going to bed. You can also apply this mixture on feet and hands. Wash off the mixture about thirty minutes and ensure this is done daily without any fail. In just 2 weeks, you will notice a huge improvement in your complexion.
  • The second method which is equally as effective is to grind the orange peels to create a fine powder. Then mix a tablespoon of the powdered peels with a tablespoon of plain yogurt to make a thick and consistent paste. Apply this paste on your skin everyday for at least 15 minutes then gently wash off with lukewarm water. Leave this mixture on for 20 minutes and you will notice that your skin is remarkably lighter. This mixture is extremely potent hence should only be used twice a week.

Gram Flour

This is one of the most potent natural ingredients for anyone who wants to lighten their skin complexion naturally. Gram flour is extremely effective because it contains numerous ingredients that are helpful in skin care and promote the health of the skin. Gram flour is great for people with oily skin that promotes acne. It strips your skin of excess oil while still helping your skin to retain its natural moisture.

  • Mix a tablespoon of gram flour with rose water to make a thick and consistent paste
  • Gently apply this mixture on your face. Feet and hands
  • Leave this mixture on your skin and then after 30 minutes wash it off with water


This is natural skin bleaching agent that is also an incredibly powerful moisturizing agent that will leave your skin looking and feeling soft. The biggest contributor to uneven skin tone is dry skin. Honey solves this by fading acne scars and age spots. Additionally, honey also has powerful antibacterial properties. Skin lightening honey remedy is very easy to make:

  • Simply apply pure honey on your face gently and coat your entire face. It is recommended tat you apply honey on a freshly cleaned face. This simple remedy is effective as it help remove any skin cells accumulated on the surface of the skin. Leave the honey on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this daily and you will notice a better and improving complexion in just 3 weeks.

Aloe Vera Gel

I am sure you have heard about how aloe vera helps to moisturizer and cleanse your skin. Scientific studies have ascertained that this natural pant helps to alleviate hyper pigmentation and also comes in handy in the restoration of your skin’s original pigment. Keep in mind that hyper pigmentation is one of the leading causing of dark spots and uneven skin tone.

Additionally, aloe Vera has a natural cooling effect that helps in regeneration of new cells and rebuilding damaged skin tissue. Apply aloe vera jelly daily on your skin. Here is how to make the aloe gel; simply cut the leaf into half, and then squeeze out the gel and apply it on your face.


These 5 remedies are natural, effective, potent and completely free from any detrimental side effects. It also does not hurt that they are quite affordable.