Skin whitening is desired by many individuals worldwide. Bleaching products are sold in the form of soaps, creams and now even pills. The primary ingredient in one form of whitening pills is glutathione, an amino acid that some claim inhibits the production of melanin, thereby lightening the skin. Though many websites tout these pills with enthusiastic testimonials, scientific studies that support glutathione pills as a skin lightener are nonexistent. If you are interested in trying these pills yourself, proceed with caution. You may not be able to find doctors or dermatologists who have heard of glutathione pills or who can give you the go-ahead to use such supplements. But if you decide to try glutathione pills, here's how purveyors of these pills typically direct customers to take them.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Skin whitening pills containing glutathione
- Vitamin C tablets
Wait until you are 18 years of age or older before you use skin bleaching pills that contain glutathione.
Determine your body weight and your skin tone. These two factors may influence what dosage of the tablets you will take.
Look at your package of pills for detailed instructions on how many pills to take. The dosage is typically four to five capsules a day, depending on your weight and the darkness of your complexion. Those with lighter skin often take fewer pills a day.
Take vitamin C supplements along with your glutathione pills. Some advocates say vitamin C makes glutathione pills more effective at whitening skin.
Continue to use your regular skin whitening creams and soaps as you normally would. But stop using them if you notice a reaction to the pill.
Tips and warnings
- Merchandisers say the effect of glutathione pills can vary from individual to individual, and relative to skin tone. They say it may take longer for some people to see an effect.
- Exercise caution when taking skin bleaching pills. There's little scientific evidence to suggest that glutathione pills truly lighten the skin. So it's buyer beware--your mileage may vary.
- Do not use skin bleaching pills if you are taking chemotherapy medication or any type of drug to treat psychosis. Also consider that some say alcohol can prevent glutathione from being absorbed by the body.
- Avoid significant sun exposure when taking skin bleaching pills. If sun exposure can't be avoided, apply a sunblock cream with a high SPF.
- It may be prudent to discuss any supplements you take with your doctor or dermatologist.
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