It can be used in a simple way, just cut a raw potato in half and spread over your face, especially on dark spots and areas you wish to lighten. You can leave potato juice on your skin for around 20 minutes. This treatment can be repeated many times a week to get the best results. The same can be done with tomato or cucumber, as mentioned before. All of these foods are a good source of vitamin C.
How to Lighten Skin Permanently
And what about permanent skin-lightening methods? If you think that skin-whitening creams are working too weak and you do not believe in natural methods or you don`t have enough time for trying homemade remedies, there are some alternatives that can be the best for you. However, be aware that permanent skin lightening can be used only in a special situation as it is not so safe procedure.
There are several methods that can be used to make your skin lighter permanently, it is a laser method, specialist bleaching creams and use of chemical peels. None of these methods is absolutely safe, so when you think about lighten skin permanently you need to have a consultation with a certified dermatologist before making a decision which method you want to try.
There is the only one chemical compound which has been used in human medicine as a skin whitening agent. It is hydroquinone, which is a type of phenol and has been shown to reduce skin color. It is of course prescribed only by a doctor. It is a very strong agent so you need to use a very small amount.
Hydroquinone, known as quinol, can be applied only on a very small area, not for a whole body as it might be even dangerous. Before you will start to think about permanent lightening of the skin you need to note that in fact, this is a medical procedure that should be reserved only for patients from a dermatologist clinic.
Some people have huge problems with their skin pigmentation. Their immune system attacks special cells that produce pigments in the skin causing them to lose all of the pigments in different spots (patches) in a whole body. Doctors all together agree that skin lightening for a cosmetic reason is not safe. Such procedure decreases the amount of melanin in the skin and this is not good. Using hydroquinone as a lightening agent is effective but it can also make high skin sensitivity. There are some pieces of evidence that report such procedure can also increase the risk of cancer.
Permanent skin lightening needs to be done by a specialist to diminish the toxic effect. However, you need to be aware that skin can be damaged also in the long run after treatment. Usually, treatments contain maximum of 2% hydroquinone concentration. If such drug is used in a higher dose (up to 4%) or if it is used for a prolonged time (over three months treatments) it can give even negative results than expected lightening. Some time ago there have been reports of exogenous ochronosis after using too much of hydroquinone.
In such a situation, skin can be darkened permanently or the pigmentation can build up in the fingers, toes and ears area. Furthermore, such darken spots are resistant to any types of medications.
So it looks that a homemade method and an easy to buy drugstore creams that can lighten our skin can be the best choice to achieve brighten the face. Besides it, it is worth to remember that there are plenty of methods to take care of your skin that helps to keep it healthy-looking. It is crucial to avoid skin damage after sunlight contact. So put your hat on, wear sunglasses, don`t forget to use good quality sunscreens and simply enjoy all of the sunny days without worrying.