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Take Note – Not All Skin Lightening Creams are Equal

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 - 1:17 pm

The modern skin lightening creams in use today make use of a variety of active ingredients and although their formulations may be quite complex, the principles upon which these modern preparations are based are both simple and far from new.

Primitive people were closer to nature than the city dwellers of today and were quick to recognise both its dangers and its benefits. The early use of plant infusions and extracts as medicines, for instance, was based upon the observed changes in dietary habits by sick animals and such extracts ultimately became a major source of modern pharmaceuticals.

In previous millennia, as today, a fair complexion was perceived by many as a desirable cosmetic feature. Consequently, those whose pigmentation was darker, often as a result of working for long periods in the sun, also turned to plant sources in their efforts to create the various skin lightening creams and potions of the time. One substance, found in certain plants, proved to serve as a very effective bleaching agent although, in practice, its properties are not those of an oxidative chemical at all but rather those of a fairly powerful antioxidant. The chemical, known today as hydroquinone, was able to interfere directly with the performance of the specialised cells in the dermal and epidermal layers that are responsible for the production of the skin’s natural pigment.

There is no doubt regarding the visible reduction of pigmentation following the topical application of preparations that contain this substance. There are, however, some widespread concerns regarding the potential side effects that may be experienced by those who make use of them. Though once a major ingredient of most skin lightening creams, a combination of the painful reactions that often result and fears regarding possible carcinogenic properties based upon recent animal research, has seen its use for this purpose banned in the European Union as well as in several other countries.


Attempts to find a single agent as effective as hydroquinone have been met with little success. The result is that it is still employed in some of the cheaper products on the market, albeit at lower concentrations than was often the case in the past. It is human nature to want quick results and so some manufacturers still offer products with potentially harmful concentrations of hydroquinone and other harsh chemicals – often via online stores and underground sources.

Decades of intensive research undertaken by Scinderm, a leader in the field of skin lightening creams, have identified numerous naturally-occurring substances that have the ability to interfere with the normal process of pigment formation. While, individually, their effects may be quite mild, our researches have shown that, by combining multiple ingredients in carefully compiled proportions, a synergistic effect is obtained that emulates the power of hydroquinone while giving rise to none of its worrisome side effects.

These active ingredients all interfere with the production of the dark pigment melanin through special cells called melanocytes but do so in differing ways so that the effect of the whole is greater than that of the sum of its parts.  Scinderm products are also individualised for all skin types and designed to promote the overall wellness of your skin’s cells, as well as to improve their natural restorative abilities unlike most competing skin lightening creams.

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