How to lighten dark skin around neck

Acanthosis-nigricans_342x198_C5HE23The most common complaint of darkened skin is around the neck of people. However before lightening there maybe a couple of factors at play and the most serious of these being insulin resistance or pre-diabetes and is known as Acanthosis nigricans which indicates insulin is being overproduced in the body and shows up as the dark ring that you see around peoples neck.

It is always better to rule this out and even if your dark skin has just started around your neck then with medical intervention your issue can be controlled quite easily by paying attention to this warning factor.

Dark skin around the neck can be tackled quite easily with exfoliation however the cause should be first ruled out in all instances.

There are many remedies touted for this problem however bleaching and lemon juice is not recommended as the skin is quite delicate around the face and neck, another novel way suggested by some websites is milk which I also do not recommend as it is temporary at best and wouldnt you rather be drinking milk than splashing it around your neck I know I certainly would.

Solution for dark skin/rings around neck

jhonson-clean-and-clear-dark-skin-around-neckIf all other problems are singled out as not being the cause like insulin or diabetes then there is a quite effective remedy used in the UK and its called Clean & Clear exfoliating cream it is very very effective on people who have used it in the past and seems to very lightly exfoliate the skin around the neck without damaging it, that being said you could use any mild exfoliate around the neck to remove that dreaded eye sore.

Always use body cream afterwards and clean regularly but exfoliate at the most once or twice a week and you will see lasting results if you have any solutions that have worked for you then add your comments in the box below.

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Five Minutes to Natural Skin Lightening

Ah, August. Back to work. Back to school. And looking back in the mirror is the evidence of how much fun I had in the sun this summer: Freckles, wrinkles and dark spots, especially on the sides of my face where my hat didn’t cover.

Once upon a time, I might have reached for a prescription or over-the-counter skin lightening cream to combat this kind of sun damage. But I know now that hydroquinone, their most common ingredient, has been linked to cancer and, ironically, ochronosis, also known as skin darkening.

Yikes! That’s why this DIY is such a relief: With two kitchen cabinet ingredients and five minutes, you can start the skin lightening process to naturally reduce dark spots for good. This is one of the easiest natural beauty DIYs I’ve ever tried, and trust me, it really works! I know what you did this summer, and you should have worn a bigger hat. How? The dark patches are in fact hyperpigmentation, a sign of sun damage caused by an increase in melanin production, which happens when the skin is trying to protect itself from overexposure to UV rays.

And the only way to truly reduce dark patches is to exfoliate regularly: Removing surface layers of damaged skin will lighten dark spots over time, as new skin replaces damaged skin.

Lemon, a natural exfoliator, comes into play in this skin lightening treatment. After cleansing, slice open a lemon, hold one half by the rind and rub the juicy side all over your face, being careful to avoid your eyes.

The alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) in the lemon encourage exfoliation by sloughing away the outer layer of dead skin cells, improving circulation and stimulating new cell growth. The fruit acids dissolve the old skin cells and making room for the new. Leave the juice on for five minutes or less—much less, if the stinging is too much—then rinse off. This treatment is even more effective in a steamy bathroom or sauna. But you don’t just want to reduce brown spots, you want less end-of-summer dry skin wrinkles too, right?

After your lemon exfoliation, take a minute to slather some raw, organic honey on your face. A natural humectant—that’s something that draws moisture to the skin—honey has antiseptic qualities as well, which means it helps to clear up breakouts. Bonus! After a few minutes in this natural beauty mask, you’ll notice the difference—just don’t give into the temptation to lick it all off. Leave the honey on for as much as 20 minutes, then rinse off to feel soft, hydrated, glowing skin.

With regular use, this two-step treatment can improve skin texture, as well as reduce brown spots and wrinkles—but only if you continue to protect your skin from the sun. Wear a physical (not chemical) SPF every day, even when it’s cloudy. Right now, I’m loving Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer, which has a very sheer, natural tint. Oh, and keep a hat handy for sunny days. With a bigger brim than mine! Editor’s note: We’ve had many inquiries about skin lightening products that can be purchased, rather than DIY’ed.

In response, I wanted to share two great natural skin lighters that I discovered. First is the vegan Fruit Acid Gel Peel from [re]fresh Skin Therapy, with lactic and kojic acids. A little less expensive is Retseliney’s Dark Spot Corrector Cream, which calls on kojic acid to lighten and hyaluronic acid to hydrate. Both products eschew hydroquinone, parabens and phthalates, artificial colors and fragrance, and artificial preservatives.

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Why A Skin-Whitening Selfie Camera Is A Hit In China

lighterWhen did social media become a stage for broadcasting photo after photo of your own face? I know I sound all Clint Eastwood “Get Off My Lawn” right now, but I can’t count how many times I’ve clicked into someone’s Instagram account only to see an endless stream of selfies — the series of headshots in one place sort of feels like a museum, if it was devoted to narcissism instead of classicism. In Asia, the need to take and post selfies online is even more eyeroll-inducing, because it usually comes with a minor dose of prejudice: quite a few Asian women consider “light skin” as the ideal skin tone, and dark skin is associated with ugliness, so they do everything they can to appear as white as possible.

Quartz has an interesting (and sad) story of women in China paying up to US$1,000 for a Casio “magic selfie” camera that can “slim” the face and “lighten” the skin tone of anyone. The camera’s official name is Exilim TR, but it’s mostly known as ”zipai shenqi” in China, which means ”Godly tool for selfies.” Seriously.

In a video that accompanied the Quartz piece, various Chinese women express their love of the selfie camera, saying vapid things like “yeah, it’s true that you can edit a selfie with apps and software, but this camera does it automatically.”

The notion of “white = beautiful” is absurd, and it has for centuries oppressed those with dark skin. Recently, a group of Southeast Asian women in the US have begun fighting back, in the form of an online movement, but Asia can be a bit behind when it comes to progressivism. Some women in Asia, especially China and in Southeast Asia, go to great lengths to stay as white as possible, resorting to face masks that make them look like a Luchador, skin-whitening face creams that do nothing, and bad plastic surgery.

Casio’s skin lightening shtick isn’t new. LG phones have had a “beautifying selfie” mode, which does the exact same thing, for years. Here’s me trying the filter on the LG G4.

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Products to lighten skin have limited effects: physician

Skin color is mainly determined by genetics and applying skin lightening or whitening products would only help to recover a person’s original skin tone, so people should not overestimate their effects, a dermatologist said yesterday.

As a large number of women in Taiwan want to have a lighter skin tone, many products have been produced claiming to have skin lightening effects, Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital dermatologist Huang Yu-huei (黃毓惠) said, adding: “It is impossible for people with dark skin to turn into ‘snow white’ by using these products.”

She said the ingredients used in most skin lightening products can only reduce melanin production and concentration in skin, but cannot make skin lighter than its original color.

Products with more or higher concentrations of whitening agents might not achieve better results, because skin has a limit to how much it can absorb and products with higher concentrations cannot be effectively absorbed, irritating or damaging skin, which can cause redness, itching or tingling sensations, Huang said.

“For facial creams, an amount about the size of a soybean applied twice a day would be enough,” she said, adding that skin lightening facial cleansers do not provide better or faster whitening when used several times a day, because they are washed off, and frequent washing of the face could even cause skin to become too dry.

Applying a skin lightening facial mask immediately after suffering a sunburn could also irritate injured skin, Huang said, adding that people with sensitive skin might even suffer from itchiness or swelling.

Food and Drug Administration Division of Medical Devices and Cosmetics section chief Hung Kuo-teng (洪國登) said the Ministry of Health and Welfare has only approved 13 types of skin lightening ingredients, most of which only deter melanin production and reduce the concentration of melanin already in the skin.

Hung advised consumers to carefully look at skin lightening products’ ingredients before making a purchase to avoid possible allergic reactions, to avoid applying such products on inflamed skin and to remember to take measures to protect against exposure to the sun.

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