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Indian Skin Whitening

There are so many ethical questions to consider when talking about "whitening" that we won't get into.

Hydroquinone

There is a chemical called Hydroquinone that is extremely successful in whitening skin. And anybody that uses this may very likely get the whitening results they want but there's a cost. Japan and many countries in Europe have banned the chemical from being added to products. It is found to cause cancer in clinical scientific studies. The contrarion view is that many things cause cancer like artificial sweeteners but we add them to products all the time.

But I play things about as safe as I possibly can. And if several countries are going to go so far as to ban something, I'll be sure to avoid using it myself and instead would focus on something more natural. Besides, I am a guy and being dark is probably a good thing. I have long wished I was naturally darker for a long time. I tan quite easily but the tone does not look right.

Personal Health Experience

As I stated earlier, I have long desired to have darker skin. As a result, I would often tan myself as much as possible. But according to my old dermatologist I used for a mole removal stated that this has likely caused my many mole growths over the past couple of years. And studies have shown that strong mole growth is a strong indicator of potential melanoma (skin cancer) in the future. If I am prone to skin cancer, then I feel as though I have to do everything I can to make sure I protect myself.

Tanning

Indians tan quite easily and for many North Indians, stopping ourselves from tanning as much might be good enough of a result since many of us have quite white skin underneath.

Humans tan as a result of ultraviolet damage to skin (UVA). You can minimize this by making sure to wear sunscreen whenever you go outside. My dermatologist recommended the line of sunscreen products by Neutrogena. I used to buy the SPF 100+ but I would avoid that if you are brown skinned. It leaves a white streak. All that is really need for protecting the skin is SPF 30 so anything higher than that should be fine.

A lot of research is being done on natural vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that protect the skin from irritation and damage. By taking these vitamins, damage to your skin is minimal which then means production of melanin becomes minimal as well. They are labeled as Tyrosinase Inhibiting. Studies are now extensively being performed on the TI impact of a variety of foods.

I take a lot of vitamins for a variety of reasons. I generally interchange between vitamins just to be sure that my body is getting a variety. Some of the many Tyrosinase Inhibiting vitamins that I personally take or have taken:

  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Melatonin
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Astragalus
  • Vitamin C
  • Some seaweed

I am generally a lot lighter than I used to be. A lot of this can be attributed to my sunscreen and a lot to the fact that I now have tinted car windows to protect myself from UVA. Regular windows block all UVB which means you won't burn but it does not do a sufficient enough job to block UVA so you will therefore still have radiation.

All Natural Skin Brightening Lotions

My doctor recommended me to buy one of his natural skin brightening lotions. He says he recommends it to anybody with olive tanned skin because we generally have uneven skin tone and this is something that can help keep things evened out.

We are probably close to finding a way to naturally keep anybody from tanning. But because tanning is an essential part of the process to protect ourselves from damaging UV radiation, I have trouble seeing a viable way to do this without having severe side effects.

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