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What you should know before using Skin Whitening Pills
Written by Camilla Evaline

You have found this article, which means you are maybe already familiar with the topic of skin whitening and the reasons causing the darkening of our skin.

You might be tired of slow, uncertain treatments for lightening your skin or unsuccessful healing of scars and freckles. You are searching for the perfect solution for your skin lightening problem.

In this article, we will introduce one skin lightening method - whitening pills and will provide useful information including side effects and tips for better results.

Why people whiten their skin?

Nowadays when beauty and self-confidence are very important for our happiness and well-being, the condition of the skin is essential for our looks and health.

Many people, especially women wish for a lighter, brighter, smooth and glowing skin. More and more of them are turning to skin lightening products to treat different skin conditions.

Some people just want to achieve a lighter skin tone, others have problems with hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin caused by excessive amounts and production of melanin), others want to heal scars, discoloration caused by hormonal disorders, to remove dark age spots or other skin blemishes.

The reasons for turning to skin whitening products are various as well are the solutions. Natural skin whitening remedies, skin lightening creams, laser operations, skin whitening pills ... the list is long.

We live in a very fast-paced world and a lot of us are searching for the fastest and easiest solution. This is the reason some people choose to use skin lightening pills, even though there are plenty of other options. Be sure to know all the facts about skin lightening pills and be prepared before you make the decision to use them.

Skin lightening products come with certain risks. Taking good care of the skin and health should be a priority for everyone and you have to be very well informed before starting a skin whitening treatment.

What are skin whitening pills? How do they work?

As with most skin lightening products, the skin whitening pills contain an active ingredient or a combination of ingredients that reduces the amount of melanin in the skin.

The active ingredients used in skin whitening pills are Glutathione, Vitamin C, L-Glutathione. Glutathione helps block the enzyme called tyrosinase which causes lower melanin production. Some pills might provide faster results than other treatments because they work internally instead of outside the body.

Glutathione pills for skin whitening

One of the most common ingredients in skin whitening pills is Glutathione.

Glutathione is an antioxidant found in our body being produced naturally by the liver. It can also be found in some fruits, vegetables and meats. Glutathione contains three amino acids: glutamate, cysteine and glycine.

It is used for treating glaucoma, asthma, cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol levels. Glutathione is considered to slow down the process of ageing and is an immune booster protecting the body from oxidative influences.

Glutathione works deeply into the skin, detoxifying the cells, eliminating toxins, fighting free radicals and in this way slowing the ageing of the skin. It improves the skin health and boosts the effects of other anti-aging products.

One of its side effects of Glutathione is that it lightens the skin tone of the body and with a continuous consumption it works as a skin lightener. It works by inactivating the enzyme tyrosinase; cleansing the body from free radicals which contribute to tyrosinase activation and the formation of melanin, thus causing the skin to lighten.

Some people choose to use skin whitening pills containing glutathione because it is an antioxidant and as such has many benefits for the body.

How fast will I see results from using Glutathione pills ?

The Glutathione pills are more expensive than other skin whitening pills and might take longer to show results. Nowadays there are many forums and websites where people share their personal experience about how fast the effect of glutathione pills can be achieved.

The results vary from one personal experience to another. While some people see results of the usage of the pills after just one month, for others it might take one year. According to people's reviews, the average period is four to six months for the pills to give results in whitening the skin. This isn't the case for everybody because we are all different. Factors affecting its effectiveness are original skin tone, metabolism, and the ability of the body to absorb the pill.

Some people searching for a faster skin whitening are even considering using Glutathione injection. Indeed, the injection is reported to be more effective than pills. This is because it is infused directly into the blood causing faster results. However, the dosages for injections are still not clearly defined as well as the side effects which you might experience. Hence, it is not advisable to use Glutathione injections as means for whitening your skin.

If you are really determined to choose this method you should consult a specialist and find a clinic which is authorised to do such treatments.

Natural sources of Glutathione

You can also maintain a very high level of glutathione in your body and obtain it through daily intake of some fruits, vegetables and other food sources which contain it. The Glutathione which you get from natural sources is easily recognised by the body. By having a regular intake of several foods containing Glutathione you can boost the levels of Glutathione. This will not interact with any other skin whitening treatment.

Food sources that increase the amount of glutathione in the body are milk thistle, goats milk, whey protein, rice bran, avocados, asparagus, aloe vera, red beets, brazil nuts, spices found in the Indian curry like turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom and cumin.

The vegetable and fruit sources of those foods should be consumed raw because they are heat sensitive.

Side Effects of Skin Whitening Pills

Taking skin whitening pills holds risks. Here are some side effects that you might experience.

Containing cancer-causing ingredients

Some of the pills might contain hydroquinone which is found to have possible cancer-causing effects. There are pills which have been enriched with hydroquinone to ensure faster and more potent results of the usage. They are not safe so always be sure that the supplement you choose doesn't contain hydroquinone.

Allergic reactions

Some people might be allergic to the active ingredient of the pills. They could experience allergic reactions in their skin, such as rashes, inflammation and swelling. If you feel any allergic reaction stop using the product and seek a doctor consultation.

Change in the hormonal levels in the body

The are ingredients in some skin whitening pills that might interfere with the production of hormones in our body. They might raise or lower the level of certain hormones causing hormonal disbalance.

Low levels of Zinc

If taking glutathione pills for a longer period of time the level of zinc in your body might be reduced.

Physical stress

Some ingredients in the skin lightening pills may cause physical stress to your body seen in symptoms, such as headaches, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, drowsiness.

Liver Damage

Pills consumptions always damage the liver. All the pills we take are passing through the liver and can affect its function. When using skin whitening pills you need to use them for a long time to see the effects which means you might cause your liver to overwork and damage it.

8 Tips for using Skin Whitening Pills

  • Consult with your doctor before using any skin lightener
  • Take vitamin C and vitamin E. It is shown that these two supplements enhance and compliment the action of the pills
  • ​Consume foods rich in Selenium alongside your pills treatment. Selenium is important for the formation of glutathione containing enzymes. Foods that are good sources of Selenium are oats, brazil nuts, walnuts, legumes, eggs.
  • ​Read the instructions of your pills and follow them.
  • ​Start with the lowest concentration of active ingredient if you just begin your skin whitening. Increase the dosage gradually
  • ​Use the pills consistently to see better and faster results
  • Spread out the daily dosage of the pills
  • ​Don't use bigger dosage expecting to see faster results

When using any skin whitening product it is crucial to always put your health first and to be aware of all the benefits and side effects of using it. A broad and strong research before choosing your way of lightening the skin will save you headaches, worries and health issues in the future.

One of the first steps should be to consult your health provider or a dermatologist specialist. Having all the information about possible scenarios of skin whitening might be overwhelming or scary but being informed will ensure you make the choice which will best serve your body and health.

Having all the information about possible scenarios of skin whitening might be overwhelming or scary but being informed will ensure you make the choice which will best serve your body and health.

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Camilla Evaline

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