Chemical bleaches for whitening skin can cause harm to your skin in the long term. So it is essential to use natural ingredients for whitening skin. Read on to know more about the side effects of using skin bleach.

Everyone, especially woman, wants to have a flawless skin tone. Skin bleaching or whitening could be a good option for getting rid of dark spots or skin discoloration. But it is not free from side effects. How many times have you bleached your face and ended up with acne, rashes or redness on your face? There are so many people who don’t know much about bleaching.

What is skin bleaching?

Skin bleaching is when you use a chemical agent to reduce blemishes, age spots  or other skin conditions. Facial bleach makes your skin appear fairer, but it only works on your hair and not the skin.The illusion of fairness after bleach can be seen only on people who have a wheatish complexion. Moreover, these creams can only help you get rid of the tan, pigmentation marks and blemishes but not change your skin’s color.

While there are several bleaching and whitening creams in the market for bleaching skin at home, not all of these products will work or be healthy for your skin in the long term.

Is bleaching safe?

This is not true. Whether you are bleaching your face or your body, bleach contains sodium hypochlorite which causes a chemical reaction, this leads to breakouts on the skin. Exposure to sunlight right after bleach causes skin irritation and pigmentation.

Harmful Effects of Skin Whitening or Bleaching

Exposure to bleach can irritate the nose, eyes, skin, and lungs.However, Serious side effects of using bleach can include

  • Dark grey spots
  • Skin cancer
  • Acne
  • Swelling of the skin
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Cataracts(a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision)
  • Setting down of fat on face, chest, upper back and stomach
  • Increase in appetite and weight gain
  • Osteoporosis(a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D)
  • Neurological and kidney damage due to high level of mercury used in the creams
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Severe birth defects
  • Asthma
  • Liver damage

Some of these side effects could be seen almost immediately while some are seen after use of skin whitening creams.Once you know the side effects of using over-the-counter skin whitening products, you will definitely want to know about natural skin whitening methods.

Natural bleaching agents are not only cheaper than the chemical bleaching but they are also safe to be used on all skin types. They may not show immediate results but their results will be long lasting. Like the chemical, bleach will be removed within 15-20 days but once the natural bleaching shows results or effects they are long lasting.


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Author: Chetna Tripathi

Hi there!My name is chetna tripathi. I love blogging.It is my passion. I am an introvert and I hate it because I'm often misunderstood. I'm not open up with everyone.I'm usually quite. That's why I love express my thoughts on paper,so i write dairy because this is the place where i can express myself freely. Interests: Blogging, Music,Painting,Reading, Television, Media Stuff,Social issues. I love hindi and urdu poetry because "poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful". I love to travel because it broadens the mind and feeds the soul. Quote that I relate to “In an extroverted society, the difference between an introvert and an extrovert is that an introvert is often unconsciously deemed guilty until proven innocent.” ― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

7 thoughts

  1. I guess some people don’t care about the side effects of bleaching! They are interested by the instance gratification that bleaching gives. For example in my country most men are attracted to lighter skin females. And I think low self-esteem plays a major part.


  2. How cum dese effects lyk bones bcmg brittle.ashtma birth defect n all plz explain me ….I really wana know..I regularly use bleach ..soii:(


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