Written by Lisa Allen, MD
People with darker to black skin tones that would like to lighten their skin typically have a harder time than those with fair to medium skin tones. They typically have to pay more for products because cheaper ones are not made with enough of the natural or synthetic chemicals that work to lighten skin. So, even though it is a little more difficult it is not impossible to find skin lightening treatment for black people.
The most important thing to keep in mind when searching for a lightener is to stay away from products that contain hydroquinone. This has been found to provide much lighter skin in black skin tones, but has also been found to be very dangerous. In black people especially, the side effects can be a complete reversal of the process causing darker spots than what were originally there.
The best skin lightening treatments to buy are those that contain Vitamin C, lemon juice, and licorice. These ingredients have been proven to greatly lighten skin. When researching products the best advice is just to find a cream or lotion that has been proven to work on all skin types.
Meladerm skin whitening cream is a great product that was made specifically for people with darker skin. Its main ingredient caviar works to lighten and brighten skin. This product should not be used if the person has a sea allergy or has oily skin. This would only result in horrible breakouts. Other than that this product has been very promising to many with darker skin tones.
Other options are the same as for those with lighter skin tones. Laser therapy can work for specific cases such as melanoma, which is the appearance of dark spots on the face during pregnancy.
It can also be used on freckles and sun spots. Cryosurgery is another option to use on specific areas of the body. It freezes the area with liquid nitrogen. Later when the new skin cells regenerate excess melanin will rise to the surface and fall off.
Skin lightening treatment is more difficult with a darker skin tone, but with the right amount of research there can be progress. There are options out there for people with black skin. If they want to lighten or brighten their skin it is now possible with many name brand products. There is also the option of using well known ingredients and applying them on a daily basis to see results