There has been a lot of discourse recently regarding the harsh bleaching agent found in most skin lightening used used for getting rid of dark spots, discoloration and other skin blemishes. That is why there have been a lot of Meladerm reviews in the beauty press because this is one of the few products that do not contain harmful ingredients. But first let us talk about how and why those other companies and products are not putting the health of their consumers as their number one priority.
Harmful Ingredients Found In Most Skin Lightening Products
The first ingredient, which has raised some alarm is hydroquinone (HQ). In Kenya, skin lightening is popular and the Kenya Bureau of Standards was forced to issue a warning to its citizens not to use these products. Brands containing hydroquinone were more than 70.
The situation nearer home in the USA is even more disheartening. The FDA issued a warning saying that products with hydroquinone were putting consumers at risk. They estimated that there were over 200 skin lightening products with the dreaded ingredient and that there were no less than 65 companies who were involved.
What Are The Health Risks?
The fact that the FDA had to issue a warning means that this is pretty serious but of course there is no definitive link with certain diseases. It is stipulated that the maximum amount of hydroquinone a skin care product should is 2%. Any product that contains more than that will need a medical prescription. But research suggests that hydroquinone is linked to a certain extent to the following conditions:
- Darker and thicker (ochronosis)
- Discolored skin with yellow and greyish tints
- Adrenal glands problemsalarming high levels of mercury
It is no surprise to learn that HQ is banned in the UK, EU, Australia and Japan. In Ireland, one product containing HQ was recalled because it was found to be toxic and a possible skin carcinogen. It seems that the rest of the world has some catching up to do.
What Is Wrong With Mercury?
Lots of skin whitening products contain mercury and you will no doubt remember the panic some years ago as people paid large sums of money to have mercury fillings taken out and replaced.
We absorb a certain amount of mercury when we eat fish for example, but once certain levels are exceeded, dangers to health have been noticed. The main ones are:
Neurological disturbances in new born babies who have been exposed to mercury
It is estimated that 630,000 infants are affected every year
- Vision problems
- Co-ordination challenges
- Speech and hearing impairment
- Mood swings
- Muscle weakness
It is a relief to know that mercury was banned from skin lightening preparations in the USA in 1990, although they were about fifteen years behind the European Union on this one. It is alarming though to know that many countries have not yet banned it and it tends to be in many skin bleaching products in such countries.
What Makes Meladerm Different?
Meladerm Cream is different from most of the other skin whitening creams on the market because it is safe and effective. It does not contain any harsh chemicals or harmful ingredients. On the contrary it contains natural organic ingredients that are proven to gently but surely lighten your skin and remove age spots, pigmentation and acne scars.
Here are some of the remarkable ingredients in Meladerm cream:
Kojic acid – This is a by-product of Sake (rice wine) and is well known to the Japanese. Research shows that this acid is both safe and effective in reducing melanin so that the skin gets progressively lighter and brighter. Buying Kojic acid in its pure form or using it in excessive quantities is not usually a good idea as it can be a skin irritant. That is why you need to trust a reputable company who have researched for years the exact amount necessary to get even and progressive results.
Arbutin – This is sometimes called bearberry or duckweed extract and you may see it listed as such on some cosmetic products. This is probably one of the best and safest natural alternatives to HQ on the market today. It does not kill any of the melanin producing cells, which means it simply acts to stop more melanin being produced by acting on the tyrosenase.
Why Leave Your Skincare To Chance?
Isn’t it time you let your skincare to the expert who are researching, testing and trialling safer and more effective ingredients in the lab every day? There is no point and there is a considerable risk in leaving all this to chance. You deserve better and that is why Meladerm is a much safer and more effective choice all round.