When to Use?
As we all know, the presence of pigment melanin decides the skin color. In African Americans, the major problem is about hyperpigmentation, which is a cosmetic condition that results in dark or black spots. If you have such a problem, then you can use a bleaching or fade cream to reduce the pigmentation. Also, dark spots can be a result of acne, sun burn, inflammation, and scars from skin injuries, making the skin tone or complexion uneven. Only in such circumstances, you are advisable to use the various creams available in the market. But if your skin tone is even and without any observed pigments or scars, then let me tell you, all those catchy skin bleaching creams for black skin or for African Americans' advertisements, are nothing but marketing tactics to sell their respective products. Yes, they might add a glow to your skin or may slightly speed up the lightening process, but complete whitening using a skin bleaching cream is not possible. You will need to undergo plastic surgery to whiten your skin. And trust me, it is not at all a good idea.
However, this is not the point to get disheartened for a black African American. They are mostly brain washed to believe that lighter skin is better. But, black skin is beautiful as well. Beauty does not depend on the color of your skin. Even dark skin can be glowing. Accept yourself as God has made you.
Which Cream is Good?
There are hundreds of skin bleaching creams available in market for dark skinned African Americans. And as I said before, there is no clear and telling evidence that these creams have worked. I will list some of the skin bleaching creams for scars and dark spots caused most probably due to acne, cuts or sunburn.
- Makari Skin Lightening Cream
- MaMa Lotion
- Avon Anew Luminosity Ultra
- Ambi Fade Cream
- Fair and Flawless
- Palmer's Skin Success Fade Cream
- Reviva Labs Fade Cream
What are the Side Effects?
The skin bleaching creams carry the risk of increasing breakouts due to the harsh chemicals, pore clogging agents or the chemical called hydroquinone, which can be a cancer causing compound. These creams are better used only after consulting a dermatologist. Even after the recommendation, try the cream for a week or so. If you see any positive effect, you can continue using it. If there are visible side effects like skin rashes or skin burning, then you should immediately stop the usage. Creams with Kojic acid, alpha hydroxy acid and Vitamin E or herbal skin creams are good to use. But if the chemicals are too harsh for your skin, you can always try some of the the skin whitening home remedies like applying lemon juice with honey, or the good old orange peels method.