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Permanent skin lightening treatments for dark-skinned African Americans?

  • Jules1
  • Brooklyn, New York/Norcross, Georgia
  • 5 years ago

Is there anything permanent? I am a very dark skin African American woman and have used almost every over the counter lightening crème & soap and nothing brings me close to my desired complexion. I don’t want to have light skin just lighter and I know how I want to look but don't know what would work for my pigment or if anything works at all. I hope it is something permanent as well because I don’t want to go through this the rest of my life. The picture doesn't show how dark I really am but I hope you can get an idea.

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@blackwoman101, are the results of using 10% hydroquinone permanent or do you have to keep using it the rest of your life? Kindly advise
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Hi Juju90 I started with the 10% the gradually increased potency once my dermatologist saw that my skin could tolerate the treatments. So far I haven’t had any reversion; that’s’ not to say that I won’t in the future. I do know someone who went through the treatment several years ago and she has not reverted at all. I guess it remains to be seen. I will post if I see any changes.
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Thx love
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Jules1 Initially I was using this site just for information but Trudie000 and other like her have inspired me to share how I significantly lightened my complexion. I’m sure there are many ways to achieve the result you want but this is how I did it. Under supervision of a dermatologist use the hydroquinone (10% minimum-yes it is quite expensive), just remember to cut it with an essential oil. Virgin Coconut oil works well because it penetrates the skin rather easily. I’d use it every other night. Depending on how light you want to be it doesn’t take very long. Within 3 months I was 4 to 5 shades lighter. I went from about a shade above Jules1 to what most black people would consider “light skinned”. People I had not seen in a long time did not recognize me. Remember to really pay attention to what you’re doing; your body is not the same color everywhere and you want a nice even result. I live in sunny Florida and I’ve not had much of a problem with reversion but I do use sunscreen everyday (which you should do anyway). The right dermatologist will walk you through this.
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Young lady, you picture shows a beautiful, rich skin-tone that you should be very proud of. You are not European, and should not want to be. I am so saddened that you measure your beauty by the lightness of your skin. Artificially attempting to change yourself, be it skin-tone, butt implants, botoxed lips, etc., means your self-esteem is probably at an all-time low. I know you've heard that before. Who do you want to do this for -- yourself, men, society in general? Guess what -- you'll still have the same insides with the same issues -- you can't run from you, so stop trying. Enjoy your beauty.
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Young lady, my advice to you is to stay black and beautiful!!! It's very admirable to be black! Look at Alec Wek and Lupita...they look amazing! In fact most men I have spoken to do not admire women who bleach - It shows you have a low self esteem and not proud or confident about yourself. These so called bleaching agents damage your skin with time.... I think you should seriously consider reamining a black beauty. You say your skin is very dark, personally if I were you, I would concentrate on making my skin very smooth without lightening it and just wear the right makeup to accentuate my looks!
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Well said!
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Why is it that when someone wants to be darker everything is fine (i.e. bronzing and tanning), but when someone wants to be lighter they must suffer from some type of self-esteem issue? This is clearly a double standard. It really bothers me that many posters login to this forum knowing full well the subject matter and proceed to critique someone’s opinion/ decision. If you don’t think black women should bleach their skin don’t come to this thread. She does not need you to tell her she’s beautiful, don’t assume she thinks that she is not. I think you are either a fair skinned person who has no idea what it’s like to be very dark skinned, or you are an angry dark skinned person who’s mad that she wants to change. Honey, do what makes you happy irrespective of what anyone else thinks. FYI Trudie000, neither of the people you mentioned are beautiful. You read that in a magazine and because they said it you believed it. Please form you own opinions.
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I agree with your comment blackwoman101. There is nothing wrong with enhancing what was already given to you. I have no idea why people sign up for this sight unless they were considering having work done themselves.
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Thanks Kyoung1465.
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You've really crossed the line in your assumptions, Miss! I wasn't addressing anyone trying to be darker -- no one trying to be darker was on this post. Reading minds is not your forte, obviously. Secondly, I have no idea what you mean by "fair skinned". That name in and of itself has a connotation that YOU may subscribe to the brown paper bag measurement. Read up on that if you're lost. You also indicate that YOU know what this person needs -- yet, want to limit me from having any point of view. That won't work. I pulled what I could from her post to make sure I was lifting her up. You don't appear to be the world's best advocate, mind-reader, or privy to what I read. You have some nerve telling me where I get MY opinions from. Let me clue you in -- 67 years of living as a Black woman, seeing our people suffer from not feeling worthy; seeing large asses on Black women denounced in the 60, 70's and 80's, and now glorified because non-ethnic women covet our types of physiques. I simply wanted the young lady to love her beautiful complexion. Your attempt to delve into the workings of my mind as well as to construe my intentions is a real miss. You should try to hone another skill.
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Clearly reading comprehension is not your forte. My example of someone wanting to be darker was simply a mechanism to compare and contrast your assumption that Jules1 suffers from low self-esteem or lacks self-confidence because she desires a lighter complexion. There are several other posts in this thread that use the same example. She asked for advice on how to achieve lighter skin, not for your so called up lifting. I’d like to inform you that I did not personally coin the phrase “fair-skinned”. In fact Merriam Webster defines “fair”, with regard to a person's hair, skin, etc. as “having a light color”. My usage is as per the dictionary definition. Women of African descent are not the sole possessors of voluptuous physiques, and your attempt to divert this conversation is the real miss. A discussion of body type is completely irrelevant in this instance as we are commenting on colorism, and colorism existed long before the 60’s. Maybe you should brush up on your history. I’d be happy to suggest some interesting reads. Get off your soapbox and stay on task. Finally, my comments were in direct response to the words in your post. Please rest assured, were mind reading my goal, you would certainly not be a subject of inquiry. Simplicity is boring.
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Blackwoman101
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people need to mind there busy if you are not commenting to help she said nothing about f&^%n beauty but just simply she would like to be a couple of shades lighter who in this damn world don't want to change or do something different to make themselves feel better you get nails done feet and i hope you wash your ass and that maybe just basic hygiene but you may put on perfume and deodorant instead of wearing your naturally godly odor so to me is is all the same wearing makeup buying nice clothes that accentuate your body people grow up and get a life and stop hating do you girl you beautiful no matter what you do
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why white folks can tanned,but it's a problem for our black folks bleaching. Are you guys paying any attention to the internet,or doctor office.it's doesn't matter of your color skin we all bleaching.
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whitenicious by dencia any one try it yet?
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I agree with you. As for myself, I want my skin to be the same color. Currently, my face is lighter than the rest of my body and I have a couple of marks in my legs. I want my skin to be flawless. I plan on visiting a dermatologist for an experts opinion.
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Exactly!
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hydroquinone is a lightening cream. i think you should used this cream. this cream reduces pigmention that affected to the face. this cream gives you skin lightening on your face. try it.
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Have you ever try Royale products? They have lots of soap, lightening cream and capsule like L GLUTA POWER that that inhibits the enzyme to manufacture melanin, pigment responsible for the brown colour of the skin.
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Your skin looks lovely. You don't need to change a thing. I'm at the other end of the spectrum. I come from Irish ancestry & I am very pale. I've learned to like being this way. Chocolate brown skin is beautiful.
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don't worry dear god is there nothing to be worry still you look beautiful
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Well, might not be the most relevant answer, however I can say that I had great success with anal bleaching using a product called Hollywood Bleach that I found on eBay. I was able to get very dark skin many shades lighter within 6 weeks. Good Luck!
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