Melanin in your skin is the one that determines how fair or how dark your complexion is. The human skin is never perfectly even all throughout as discoloration can be caused by any number of natural causes: freckles, tan, insect bites, scars, among the most common ones.
Bleaching is a common fix to uneven skin pigmentation and it is an easy process that you can do even at home. Most skin whitening products and bleaching products work by reducing the production of melanin in your skin.
Below are a few tips on how to bleach your skin so that you get an even color all over your body.
- Bleach ingredients. Skin bleach has hydrogen peroxide a chemical that can harm your skin if improperly used or applied to your skin. Hydroquinone is another component of bleach and skin whiteners. You have to be careful when using these chemicals.
- Safety first. Before deciding to bleach your skin, you need to consult with a dermatologist. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist and let them know your intentions. They may be able to give you some advice on the kind of bleach to use, what parts of the body to avoid, some precautions before bleaching and general safety before and after bleaching.
- Patch test first. Before applying bleach all over your body, put a little under your ear and observe it for 48 hours (two days.) If your skin reacts negatively by showing signs of irritation, redness, inflammation or any kind of itchiness then this product is too harsh for your skin.
- Avoid sensitive areas. There are parts of your face and body that have thinner skin than the rest of your body. Areas like eyes, nose, bikini area, rectal area, forehead, and cheeks are the more common ones. Some people have additional sensitive areas but these differ from person to person.
- Skin care essentials. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing should become an essential part of your skin care routine after bleaching. This not only maintains the color but helps keep your skin healthy and glowing. Refer to a dermatologist on how to bleach sensitive skin.
- Patience and perseverance. Skin whitening doesn’t happen overnight. (If you are trying to even out burns then you may not completely even out your skin tone.) The trick is to keep following your skin whitening regimen taught by your dermatologist or as instructed in the bleach’s packaging. It can take many applications over the course of a few weeks to achieve any kind of visible results.
- Slather on the SPF. When you’re out in the sun, make sure that you put on sun screen on the places you are bleaching. It would not do to even out your skin tone and then have all that hard work undone with one visit to the beach. The sun is the number one natural cause of skin darkening.
Skin whitening is a process that requires constant application of bleach in order to get the even skin tone of your dreams. You should always follow through with your whitening regimen as missing a day could set back your progress a few steps.