Your Skin – Why You Should Never Take It for Granted – Part II
November 3, 2018
In the first part of this article, we looked at achieving great skincare by studying certain creams that could cause serious and harmful changes.
In the second part of the article, we continue with more analysis of the effects of these agents on the skin; ending with ways to maintain beautiful healthy skin.
The major toxic agent for many of these agents is Hydroquinone which also goes by some of the following synonyms:
Mercury-containing products include:
Some of the adverse effects of skin lightening creams are seen quite early.
Some of these are allergic (sensitivity) reactions seen almost immediately after the individual starts using them.
They include skin irritation, redness and swelling of the skin, which may be accompanied with a burning sensation of the skin.
Sometimes the skin becomes flaky and itchy leading to excessive scratching that may cause the skin to peel.
However, there are also adverse effects which (though not immediate) can be fatal.
When steroids lighten the skin, they destroy its integrity by thinning it, therefore, making the skin friable and reducing its barrier against foreign bodies.
The skin cells shrink, lose their elasticity, becomes more prone to injury and impaired wound healing.
The skin’s resistance to bacterial and fungal infections is also reduced.
Long term use of skin lightening products containing Hydroquinone also cause exogenous onchronosis which is a form of hyperpigmentation that causes the skin to turn to a dark purple shade and may also cause a characteristic fish odour in the sweat.
Most people who have used skin lightening creams for several years eventually become extremely sensitive to sun exposure and sunburns occur with minimal exposure.
Their skin ages prematurely, they have uneven skin complexion with several areas of discolouration and green prominent veins.
There are natural remedies and practices guaranteed to give you perfect and glowing skin.
Achieving ‘baby-smooth’ skin is possible:
It is important to drink about 3 to 5 litres of water daily for healthy skin.
You can drink some green tea as well as it is a great source of antioxidants.
Take a bath at least once daily and do not wear dirty clothing.
Change your towels and beddings regularly.
As we conclude the article, remember – your skin is dynamic and always changing – responding to changes in the environment to protect the body and it is important to keep it well-nourished.
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Stay Well and see you again in our next post!
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