How to lighten black skin

Updated April 17, 2017

African Americans are a very diverse group of people that have a variety of different skin tones. There are caramel skin tones, mocha skin tones and chocolate skin tones. Some African Americans may desire a lighter skin tone. Since many African Americans tend to have dry skin, it is very important that they take special precautions when lightening their skin. By using the proper products and dedication, black skin can be successfully lightened.

Set a realistic goal. Before the skin lightening process begins, you must set a goal which clarifies the results that you are hoping for. It is important that you make this goal realistic. Unrealistic expectations result in dissatisfaction with the end result. Search for pictures of celebrities that demonstrate the results you would like.

Consult with a dermatologist. Find a dermatologist that specialises in skin lightening. A great way to find a good dermatologist is to ask around. Friends, family and co-workers all might know of a great doctor. Bring any magazine clippings of the skin tones you like to share with the doctor. This will give her a clear idea that shows the results you want. Your dermatologist will help you develop a plan of action.

Use sunscreen every day. Whether you are briefly out in the sun or out in the sun for an extended period of time, it is crucial that you wear sunblock. This is a preventive measure that will ensure your skin doesn’t get any darker.

Stay out of the sun as much as possible. When possible avoid going out in the sun. If you have to be in the sun sit in the shade, wear a hat or prop up an umbrella. These things will help you shield the sun from your skin and they will help prevent your skin from getting darker.

Use skin-lightening skincare products. The dermatologist will recommend products that you should use to lighten your skin. If you aren’t satisfied with his or her choices, do your own research and see what is out there. Make sure you thoroughly look for both positive and negative reviews. Once you find your skin care routine, make it a point to follow it daily.

Monitor your success. In order to track your success, keep a journal. Include before, during and after pictures that demonstrate your progress throughout your treatment. Remember, lightening your skin takes time and patience.


Do a weekly mask that lightens and moisturises your skin. This will periodically give your skin an extra boost.


Do not deviate from your skin care routine. Neglecting the routine will yield poor results and overusing products can cause skin irritation. Instead, follow your routine as closely as you can.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunscreen
  • Skin-lightening Cleanser
  • Skin-lightening Toner
  • Skin-lightening Moisturizer
  • Skin-lightening Facial Mask
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