If you do not know how to choose the right skin lightening cream for your face, you might end up endangering your skin. There are some serious side effects and dangers associated with the use of skin lightening products that needs to be kept in mind. In fact, some of these side effects can actually prove to be fatal in the long run. One of the commonest mistakes that people made with skin lightening products is their continued use, despite having reached the desired look. If you try to expose your skin to the toxic chemicals present in the whitening creams for a long period of time, it will only increase the possibilities of potential dangers and side effects, which include diseases of the internal organs, discoloration of skin and even skin cancer.
Sun and UV ray Sensitivity
Using skin whitening products, creams or lotions, especially the ones that contain hydroquinone, can cause the skin to become gradually more susceptible to the UV (ultraviolet) rays of the sun. Hydroquinone is a commonly included active ingredient present in skin lightening creams that makes your skin vulnerable. Experts suggest that in case if you are using some skin whitening cream for faring your sun spots or freckles, it is best to protect the skin from exposure to the sun, as protecting sun exposure can actually darken your skin. Even the areas that you have lightened will become darker in no time. While using these types of skin lightening products, make sure you protect the skin with some broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion.
Using skin whitening products make your skin more susceptible to reactions. There are chemicals present in these products, which include hydroquinone and other ingredients. It is very important that you start avoiding all other bleaching agents like benzoyl peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. If you use bleaching agents along with skin lightening agent, your will definitely experience severe chemical reactions that could make your skin darker or stained temporarily. So, you need to be very careful with this.
If, by any chance, these two compounds have been unintentionally combined, you should wash your face immediately with a gentle cleaner and water. Quick washing can prevent staining.
Some people develop allergies by using skin lightening creams. It can cause mild to severe reactions like allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. Temporary signs like mild stinging, minor skin irritation and mild itching may be present. In severe cases, skin burning, itching, swelling and crusting may be seen.