With prolonged exposure to hydroquinone (major bleaching agent) even the weaker over the counter formulations, there is progressive sooty darkening, inflammation, irritation, thickening and hyperpigmentation of the skin (darkened bluish/gray patches of skin). This condition is called onchronosis and individuals with darker complexions are at higher risk of getting it after prolonged use. It can occur with frequent applications in less than a year.
Skin bleaching procedures can be reversed, but the process is lengthy. The procedures that bleach your skin can take anywhere from a few weeks to a year to show results, and reversing those results can take just as long.
Now hear are 4 tips to reverse its effects.
1. Laser Treatment
If the rest of your face has fine blood vessels, you could have them treated with a pulsed dye laser-that would also make the color difference less ovious. An excimer laser might repigment the skin, but this result is not permanent and would have to be repeated over time.
Increasing the skin’s exposure to sunlight will naturally halt a bleaching process as the skin begins to absorb ultraviolet rays. The levels of melanin in the skin will rise, and skin will begin to darken naturally. Use skin protection such as sunblock to prevent sun-exposed skin damage such as white spots, freckles, precancerous lesions, or skin texture changes.
3 Stop Using Bleaching Cream
A MAJOR step to reversing skin bleaching is to stop the use of any skin-bleaching procedures already underway immediately. Inspect skin to determine the extent of the bleaching and make sure that the skin is healthy. If skin shows any signs of damage or too much discoloration, consult a doctor or dermatologist to assess any possible side effects.
4.Check Up A Consultant
The final step is to consult a local doctor or dermatologist so they can oversee the bleaching reversal. A professional will be able to provide additional options to restore skin tone and will offer advice and insight throughout the process.