A woman who used skin-lightening creams for more than a decade said her complexion changed so much her father no longer recognised her. Grazia, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was 18 when she started using the steroid cream in her daily routine, only stopping last year. A BBC investigation found the prescription-only products were being sold under the counter in some shops. The creams contain a powerful steroid - clobetasol propionate - usually used for short-term treatment of certain skin conditions such as eczema. The NHS recommends patients should normally use it for a just a week.
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Everyone wants their skin to be flawless and younger-looking. Hyperpigmentation is the umbrella term for these often undesirable skin alterations. UV light, which encourages the production of melanin, is one of the most common hyperpigmentation culprits.
DermNet provides Google Translate, a free machine translation service. Note that this may not provide an exact translation in all languages. Home arrow-right-small-blue Topics A—Z arrow-right-small-blue Bleaching agents. Bleaching or skin lightening creams or ointments are widely used worldwide either to attempt to remove localised dark patches eg, melasma or postinflammatory hyperpigmentation or as a fashion trend aiming to reduce normal melanin in the skin.
Skin bleaching refers to the use of products to lighten dark areas of the skin or achieve an overall lighter complexion. These products include bleaching creams, soaps, and pills, as well as professional treatments like chemical peels and laser therapy. There is no health benefit to skin bleaching. Skin bleaching reduces the concentration or production of melanin in the skin.