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How To Become Fair: Myths And Facts About Skin Fairness

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Over the years, we have been conditioned to believe that fair skin is better than dusky skin tones. All the information in the media over the years has convinced us that changing your skin tone from dark to fair is possible. Do you know that this information is not just misleading, but it is medically inaccurate too!

It is impossible to change your constitutional skin tone. However, it is possible to medically treat concerns like tan, dark spots and post-acne pigmentation with safe and effective skin lightening solutions. These advanced aesthetic treatments can improve the health of your skin and restore its natural glow. Read this article to bust more myths associated with popular fairness solutions!

What Determines Our Skin Color?

Human skin tones range from dark to light brown. Our skin tones are a result of our genetic makeup and sun exposure.

Can A Dark Skin Tone Ever Become Fair?

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons world over warn against falling for the claims of any treatments that promise a drastic change in skin tone. Medically, it is impossible to achieve that. Several skin concerns affect skin tone and texture, and when an experienced dermatologist treats these concerns, the skin is rejuvenated giving an overall improved appearance and an even tone.

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Why Is “Trying To Become Fair” So Controversial?

Fairness creams are popular among both men and women. Widespread advertising has misled us to believe that dark-skinned people can change their skin tone to lighter tones almost magically. As these products flood the market frequently, they can be hard to resist.

Cautionary Notes:

  • It is also important to note that most creams sold in the market contain ingredients such as steroids, hydroquinone, mercury and tretinoin. You should use skin creams under the strict supervision of dermatologist for a stipulated time and avoid using them without guidance. Unsupervised use of these products for a long-term can lead to adverse effects like permanent dyspigmentation, thinning and wrinkling of the skin, abnormal sensitivity, rashes, itch and burning sensation. Apart from these, prolonged use may result in the absorption of harmful ingredients into the bloodstream, which may, in turn, cause serious health concerns.
  • These skin fairness products ignore the overall quality of the skin and do not address the underlying cause of the melanin buildup.
  • Easy access to information combined with a deluge of content on overnight fairness solutions promoted this fad. Dozens of articles and videos talk about products or ingredients that falsely promise to give you fair skin permanently and instantly with no scientific and medical research or proof to substantiate these claims.

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Know The Difference: 

Terms Definition Available Solution
Fair Skin Fair Skin Tone Medically impossible to change skin tone from dark to light.
Brightening solutions Reducing uneven skin tone Chemical peel solutions ,Laser toning
Skin Lightening treatments Restoring the natural skin tone Laser Toning
Skin Discoloration Pigmentation that causes the skin to become discoloured Chemical peeling
Pigmentation Uneven skin tone Laser toning
Dullness & Age Spots Brown or black marks or spots due to ageing Dermatologist prescribed skin lightening creams combined with laser toning treatments
Dark Marks Brown or Black marks due to excessive sun exposure Chemical Peeling

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 The Potential Side Effects Of Instant Fairness Solutions:

Instant skin fairness solutions are avoidable as they may cause the following side effects:

  • Thinning of the skin
  • Discolouration of the face
  • Increased visibility of the capillaries
  • Severe acne
  • Hypersensitivity to sunlight
  • Rebound paradoxical pigmentation
  • Unwanted facial hair growth
  • Skin allergy

Now, that you are aware of the reasons to stay away from experimenting with instant fairness hacks, it is time to find out the safe and effective dermatological solutions that can help you flaunt a flawless complexion.

Safe Skin Lightening Solutions

Your dermatologist may suggest the following as a standalone or combination treatment to help restore the natural colour and glow of your skin:

  • Laser Toning: This skin lightening treatment uses cutting edge laser technology to reduce the deeper pigmentation and maintain a youthful look. For this procedure, your dermatologist will use Q-switched Nd:YAG laser beam to break down the excess melanin in your skin, which later gets removed by the immune cells.
  • Microdermabrasion: A dermatologist will remove all the dead skin cells using aluminium oxide crystals or diamond-tipped abrasive devices during the procedure, leaving you with a blemish-free and brighter complexion.
  • Chemical Peels: This treatment involves the application of a peeling solution containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids to the skin. The chemical peel helps in controlled exfoliation of the top layers of dead cells followed by skin rejuvenation. It helps remove blemishes, light wrinkles, and pigmentation.
  • Arbutin: Arbutin is an extract of the bearberry plant. This natural ingredient helps lighten your skin pigmentation.
  • Retinol: A natural form of vitamin A, dermatologists prescribe retinol to help exfoliate the skin as well as increase collagen production.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is abundantly available in vegetables and fruits. Alternately, doctors recommend using it topically in the form of creams and lotions for skin lightening.

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How To Maintain Fairness For A Long Term?

While treatments and creams can help you get natural, fresh, and healthy skin, you should follow the below tips to maintain the desired look.

(1) Follow Proper Skincare Routine: Establish a proper skincare routine and ensure that you follow it diligently. To maintain a healthy complexion, you need to understand your skin type and identify products that suit it. Practice the four-step process to get perfect skin.

  • Cleansing: Start by using a facial cleanser to remove all the dirt, dust, and makeup. Repeat this step twice daily in the morning and evening.
  • Moisturising: Use a good moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. Make sure that you use water-based moisturisers if you have an oily skin type.
  • Exfoliating: Use a gentle scrub once or twice a week to deep clean the pores.
  • Applying Sunscreen: Always apply sunscreen above SPF 30 even when the weather is cloudy. It would be best to use it 15-20 minutes before you step outdoors.

(2) Eat A Healthy Diet: Eating a balanced diet is the best way to get a naturally glowing skin. Try to include fruits, green vegetables, fish, and whole grains in your daily diet. Steer away from consuming alcohol and foods that are deep-fried or having high sugar content to maintain a radiant complexion.

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We hope you found this article informative and interesting. Remember, do not fall for skin fairness hacks. Instead, be wise and reach out to experienced and certified medical professionals to seek an accurate assessment of your skin type and diagnosis of underlying conditions robbing your skin of its natural glow. Make an informed decision and select from a variety of safe and effective skin brightening and lightening treatments available at esteemed dermatology clinics that can help your skin get a fresh, youthful, and healthy makeover!

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Dr. T N Rekha Singh

Dr. T N Rekha Singh

Dr T N Rekha Singh is an MD in Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology from the esteemed Gandhi Medical College at Hyderabad. She has a rich experience of over 11 years in performing advanced laser treatments for hair reduction, skin resurfacing and skin lightening, scar and anti-ageing procedures. She also specialises in offering hair regrowth treatment and non-invasive body contouring service. Working as a Senior Consultant Dermatologist and the Training Head at Oliva Skin & Hair Clinic for over a decade, she has mentored more than 60 doctors in the field of advanced medico-aesthetic care. She has been exemplary in introducing clinical marvels and enhancing the quality of care at Oliva and making it at par with global standards. She imparts extensive training to dermatologists and therapists and helps them keep abreast with the latest technological innovations in the industry. Awarded for her research at the AP state conference, she has participated and presented papers at many prestigious national and international dermatology seminars. She is passionate about offering revolutionary skin and hair care treatments using the science of transformation and providing nothing but the best results for all Oliva clients. She enjoys reading, travelling and cooking in her free time. She lives with her husband and kids in Hyderabad.

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