Hyperpigmentation is darkening of the skin that occurs after a skin trauma i.e., acne scarring, cuts, burns. It manifests as dark spots or blotches on the skin, particularly in African-Americans. Fading creams are designed to return the skin to its natural color.
Goal of Treatment
Fading creams are meant to lighten dark spots by returning the skin to its natural color. Fading creams are not designed to lighten the natural skin. Once the skin has returned to its normal color, you should discontinue use of the fading cream and begin wearing sunscreen, SPF 30 or greater.
There are a variety of fading creams on the market. The common ingredients are hydroquinolone, alpha hydroxy or octinoxate. These are the skin-bleaching agent. These creams usually contain a built-in sunscreen, as well.
Cover the affected area with a thin layer of cream twice daily. Do not use fading creams for more than three months without consulting a dermatologist.
You can begin to see lightening results in a little as two weeks. You have reached the optimal result when your skin is back to its original color. If you do not see results within three months, discontinue use and see a dermatologist.
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