Melanin is the pigment that occurs in our skin that gives it “color.” How dark or light our skin is depends on our ethnicity, genetics, and hormones, where we live, and the amount of sunlight we receive. Pigmentation that results from acne scars or injury to the skin is caused by abnormal function of melanin due to changes in the structure of the skin.
Many people are afraid of melanin, even though it has several benefits. When the skin is exposed to sunlight, melanin protects the skin and so the skin becomes darker. A lot of times we try to stop this process, perhaps because of a culture that values white skin more and more over dark skin, which has its own risks. Trying to whiten the skin can disrupt the function of melanin, such as the use of “whitening” cosmetics, which may content high-concentration natural extracts like retinoic acid (or Vitamin A), hydroquinone, or even corticosteroids.
Yes, in the short term, skin may become fairer, but there are long-term side effects associated with these medications, such as inflammation or irritation, redness, swelling, itching, scabbing, or a burning sensation (like with a sunburn). Sometimes the color of the skin is permanently altered or skin becomes thinner and more fragile. You can have one side effect or multiple side effects.
Skin whitening with laser is another popular procedure. It aims to destroy melanin so the skin looks lighter. The results of laser vary from person to person; some may have amazing results and some may notice no difference at all in their skin tone. But everyone undergoing laser procedure must avoid direct sunlight and must use sun protection to prevent uneven skin tone or even the skin becoming darker because after the procedure the skin is still repairing itself. During this time the skin is more sensitive to sunlight than normal. It is important to understand that this method is temporary and once the skin is exposed to the sun, it will darken naturally because this is our body’s defense mechanism.
The most important factor in maintaining skin health and an even skin tone is avoiding the sun’s ultraviolet rays that stimulates the production of melanin. If you’d like lighter and brighter skin without damaging skin health and making the skin more sensitive to the sun, use Dr. Rath Supercharge Whitening Concentrate. It contains carefully researched and selected active ingredients that naturally brighten and whiten the skin while improving skin health and preventing sensitivity to the sun.
Just remember that beauty isn’t just about the color of your skin. We believe that beautiful skin is healthy, hydrated skin that is smooth to the touch and free of premature lines and wrinkles.