Skin whitening is a process that aims to reduce the melanin pigment in the skin so that people have whiter skin. Melanin, produced by cells called melanocytes, determines a person’s skin color and is more common in dark-skinned people. Although the amount of melanin in a person’s skin depends on genetic factors, it can be affected by exposure to sun rays and various chemicals and skin damage resulting from them. Skin cancer may occur due to the uncontrolled division and proliferation of melanocyte cells.
Many people resort to skin whitening methods to deal with various problems such as freckles, age spots, moles, acne, and birthmarks, and also to have a clear complexion.
What are skin whitening methods?
Different methods can be used for skin whitening. Which method should be applied to the patient is determined individually as a result of the examination.
Use of Medical Creams
The use of medical cream is used in the treatment of newly formed and low-density spots. Regular use of medical creams prescribed by the doctor and protecting the skin from the sun with the right skin care practices can provide effective results in the period when darkening and staining on the skin are just beginning.
Medical Care Applications
Depending on the nature and intensity of the staining problem on the skin, medical skin care, and chemical peeling methods can be preferred. Chemical peeling must be done by people with sufficient experience and expertise. Otherwise, there is a risk of chemical burns and permanent stains on the skin.
Chemical peeling is applied to ensure that the problematic area on the skin is peeled off and replaced by a new skin layer. As a result of the application, the skin dries and falls off. The underlying skin begins to renew itself. After the chemical peeling application, which is an effective method for skin spots that are not very dense, it should be expected that the skin will be removed by itself, and the skin should not be peeled off.
Laser Skin Whitening
Laser skin whitening is a method that provides fast and effective results. The use of a Thulium laser device in laser skin whitening applications provides the elimination of different skin problems accompanied by darkening of the skin. It is especially useful in removing skin blemishes, wrinkles, and sagging, and achieving a tightening effect on the skin.
Laser skin whitening is completed in approximately 15 to 20 minutes under local anesthesia. It can be repeated at certain intervals if necessary. It is a method that equalizes the color tone by opening the skin tone. In addition to those who complain about the problem of skin blemishes, those who have naturally dark skin can also prefer laser skin whitening.
Glutathione and Vitamin C Can Be Used For Skin Whitening
Glutathione provides many anti-aging benefits such as brighter and lighter skin, removing blemishes, improving acne symptoms, improving skin quality, increasing collagen production, and more.
Melanocytes in the skin convert tyrosine, an amino acid, into melanin by an enzyme called tyrosinase. Glutathione inhibits tyrosinase glycosylation, preventing melanin production and skin pigmentation.
The human body naturally produces glutathione. Intravenous administration of glutathione to the body for skin whitening effect takes approximately 8 to 10 sessions of treatment. However, since each person’s skin tone and pigmentation are different, the treatment that can be applied for skin whitening, the duration of the application and the results to be obtained may vary from person to person.
Vitamin C, which has many benefits for body and skin health, also reduces the production of melanin by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase. Vitamin C can be combined with glutathione to provide skin lightening and more effective skin whitening. Among the benefits of vitamin C, it can repair skin damage, support collagen production, increase skin elasticity, provide a younger skin appearance, and fight redness and inflammation.