If you have a dark spot on your skin, you may consider bleaching. Skin bleaching uses an acidic agent to lighten your skin over time. Dermatologists offer skin bleaching, but because of over-the-counter creams and homemade recipes, skin bleaching is something you can do by yourself in the comfort of your home, as long as you know the risks involved.
The two major methods of bleaching the skin are using over-the-counter creams and making your own recipes at home. While homemade recipes tend to take longer, according to Skin-Whitening-Product.com, some people feel more comfortable with them because they seem more natural than the store-bought creams.
Most bleaching recipes that you can make at home use lemon slices as the main bleaching agent. An example of an at-home bleaching cream is to mix the juice of three lemon slices with a small amount of milk and yoghurt until the mixture is the consistency of a face wash. As with any bleaching method, test this wash on an inconspicuous patch of skin to make sure there won't be redness or swelling. Then apply the wash to your face twice a day, avoiding your eyes.
Before beginning a bleaching regimen, it is very important to do a spot test on an inconspicuous patch of your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin; your skin may not tolerate bleaching well and may swell, become red, be itchy or burn. If, when you do a spot test, you have a reaction, skin bleaching may not be for you.
If you do decide to bleach your skin, always avoid your eyes and wear a sunscreen when you go outside.
Skin Whitening Secrets warns that you should be especially cautious when using over-the-counter bleaching creams. Most products are not FDA-approved, so you should always do a spot test and follow the directions on the label closely. What's more, you should never buy a skin bleaching cream online from overseas because some contain mercury and even steroids, which can cause a hormonal imbalance. Skin-bleaching creams are not for long-term use.