Earlier this year, I wrote an entry Whitening the Asian skin, where I highlighted that Asian skin has been found to contain more and bigger melanosomes and melanocytes and have longer dendrites than those of Caucasian skin. In addition, because the color of our melanin tends to be darker and the stratum corneum is very thin, hence, we are more proned to pigmentation.
As a result, while there are many skin whitening lotions promoting white skin on the market, we need to be aware that some of these concoctions may not be suitable for us. I’ve tried some products in the past and while a few of them have yielded limited results, most have failed me miserably despite the promises that their miracle potion can reduce or even eradicate my pigmentations in X number of days or weeks.
So these days, when I look for whitening products, I try to look out for those created with Asian skin in mind. At the same time, I am also learning to read their ingredients listing to ensure that no harmful ingredients like Hydroquinone, steroids and mercury are used which might produce undesirable side effects.
I learned from ORIKI Cosmeceuticals which develops products specifically for Asian, Mediterranean and other Olive (AMO) skin types that using gentle products is important.
Because AMO skin is very delicate, it is imperative to use any formulation with hypoallergenic ingredients and avoid hydroquinone. The key to obtaining good results lies in choosing safe, yet effective ingredients. Some products can cause serious redness and other adverse events that can be minimized with gentler products.
And according to them, safer ingredients would be those obtained from herbal ingredients such as Arbutin, Licorice Extract, Vitamin C and Mulberry Extract which are already used in their ORIKI whitening range.
So while all of us would like to have porcelain fair skin, do remember that we can achieve it through a safe and gentle way without causing unnecessary damage.