Some people would laugh at the thought of a skin lightening treatment considering the lengths many go to in order to become darker and tanned, but for someone who has skin pigmentation issues or ‘dark patches’ and uneven skin; choosing an effective skin treatment is a quest that is well worth going on.
Skin discoloring can happen for several reasons, including; sun damage, eczema, scarring, hyper-pigmentation, melasma (which is common during pregnancy and due to other hormonal changes) and for various other reasons.
The discoloring of the skin can range from mild as far as size of the area and shade or darkening go to severe leaving someone with skin that is almost entirely two-toned.
The other thing is that this can happen on any part of the body including the face which can wreak havoc on a person’s self confidence.
The options as far as skin lightening treatment seem to grow everyday, but for something this delicate and important, you need to be able to choose the best possible treatment for you which means weeding out the legitimate treatments from the scams to those that are just downright dangerous!
One way to do this is to consult your doctor or dermatologist first and see if he can recommend a treatment regime or at least a reputable facility where you can go for a consultation. As well, some dermatologists do offer treatments.
Now, here is a look at some of the different skin lightening treatments available;
Hydroquinone or HQ Creams: This is a chemical found in several creams that are available by prescription for use at home. Creams with a lower dosage of the chemical can also be purchased over the counter. Some of the creams include; Meladerm, Tri-Luma, Lucederm and Revitol.
Laser Treatment: This is becoming more and more commonly used to treat skin discoloration. While very expensive, it is proving to be a quick way to lighten the skin. Note that this type of treatment can cause redness, pain, swelling and temporary discoloring of the skin immediately after the treatment.
Fraxel: This is another and newer form of laser treatment that has proven extremely successful in treating dyspigmentation with the added benefit of causing less discomfort so that there is less recovery time needed between treatments. Again, this is quite expensive and will still cause more irritation for some than others.
A few more things to keep in mind before you head out in search of the best skin lightening treatment is that not everyone gets the same results with treatment. One person can have great success with a cream while another can have no luck with it at all.
Most treatment facilities will do a ‘test’ on a small part of your body to see if it works and check for an allergic reaction. You may also be able to get cream samples online or through a dermatologist.
Always be sure to ask to try out a treatment first before committing to the full course of treatment just in case it doesn’t work for you.