Today’s corporate world demands good-looking people and the need to have a healthy rejuvenated looking skin has never been greater. It is evidenced by the multi-billion dollar cosmetic industry that promises to improve your skin in every way possible! People are ready to try out anything ranging from DIY methods at home to commercial products, and yes, even a visit to a cosmetologist or dermatologist.

And if you are interested in the process of skin whitening, then don’t bother wasting time and resources on over-the-counter products and do-it-yourself methods at home. You might even end up harming your skin if you aren’t careful. The best way forward for skin whitening is to go to a skin specialist even if you are tempted to go to your beautician at your favorite beauty parlor.

The skin whitening process involves reduction of the melanin pigment present in the skin. It’s this pigment that gives the skin its color and determines your complexion. Aside from having a clear complexion, skin whitening is also done for age spots, uneven skin tones, freckles, acne, moles, scars, etc. In certain cases, hyper-pigmentation can develop when there is an excessive production of melanin. Some of the ways in which your skin color can be lightened is by using glutathione in its various forms, bleaching creams, fading creams, laser treatments and by chemical peels.

You need to inform your doctor about the level of whitening you want so they can determine the extent and type of treatment required. While chemical peels and laser treatments take up to a few weeks to become effective, other permanent skin whitening procedures take more time and investment. And do note that once the procedure is over, you will still need to continue using maintenance products to ensure the treatment remains effective.

Of these, sunscreen is the most important so your skin doesn’t get darker. At this stage your skin is very sensitive so it’s best to avoid the sun for at least 3-4 weeks, depending on the type of treatment done. Other products like aloe vera gel or petroleum jelly should be used to soothe the disturbed skin. Post-treatment, you will also need to use very mild chemical-free soaps for washing the skin and wipe with gentle dabbing action.

As the skin can get inflamed or infected if the whitening process isn’t done properly, you need to go with an experienced cosmetologist or dermatologist. Your best bet in Bangalore would be Dr Dixit Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic where you are assured of getting the latest treatments possible under expert hands.

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The information provided in Dr. Dixit's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.