Skin Whitening Ingredients

So what are the secret ACTIVE skin whitening ingredients of our products?

Before we share to you the active ingredients, let me reiterate something important:


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Keeping that clear, below is the list of key active ingredients in our topical skin lightening products -

Dermaline Skin Whitening Ingredients:

PAPAYA KOJIC ACID SOAP – papain, kojic acid
BLACK SOAP – licorice
WHITENING LOTION - kojic acid, Vitamin A and C, lactic acid
WHITENING CREAM - kojic acid, Vitamin A and C, arbutin, lactic acid

What These Ingredients Do For You:

Papain - A pure natural active proteolytic enzyme found in papaya; used in exfoliants to dissolve dead skin cells. Known to exfoliate, whiten and soften skin, papain improves the skin’s collagen health while repairing it. In soap form, it aids in the exfoliation of dead skin. It is also an alpha hydroxy acid, that works like a sort of enzymatic exfoliant. Through purification technology, toxin-free papain is extracted from the fruit Papaya which is a type of vegetable protease. It is widely used in medical application, food and cosmetic industries.

Kojic acid (KA) - heavily used as one of the basic skin whitening ingredients in Asian countries. Kojic acid is one of the newer remedies for the treatment of pigment problems like hyperpigmentation, melasma, chloasma, freckles and age spots. Discovered in 1989, Kojic Acid has a similar effect as hydroquinone without the negative side effects. Studies have shown that Kojic Acid, derived from a Japanese mushroom, is effective as a lightening agent by inhibiting melanin (skin's pigment) production.

Kojic Acid must be absorbed in the skin to work. Because of this, cleansers like the Papaya Kojic Acid Soap should be left on for a few minutes before completely washing off for absorption to occur.

Arbutin - Derived from the leaves of bearberry, cranberry, mulberry or blueberry shrubs, and also present in most types of pears, Arbutin has melanin-inhibiting properties for skin lightening. It dramatically reduces pigmentation especially liver spots and freckles, and is one of the safest skin whitening ingredients. Used externally, Arbutin does not have toxicity or any unpleasant odor. Its three main effects on skin are whitening, anti-aging and UVB/ UVC filter.

Licorice Extract - The main active ingredient found in licorice extract for skin bleaching is glabridin. Glabridin inhibits pigmentation by preventing tyrosinase activation. It is nontoxic to melanocytes, preventing permanent discoloration nor is it toxic to surrounding keratinocytes. In fact, licorice extract has long been purported to have antiinflammatory properties.

Vitamin A (Retinol) - a derivative of Vitamin A, also formulated as one of the key skin whitening ingredients. Retinol's stronger counterpart is tretinoin, which is the active ingredient in Retin-A and Renova. If your skin is too sensitive to use Retin-A, retinol is an excellent alternative. Here's why skin responds to skin care products with retinol: vitamin A has a molecular structure that's tiny enough to get into the lower layers of skin, where it finds collagen and elastin. Retinol is proven to improve mottled pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, skin tone and color, and your skin's hydration levels. Retinyl palmitate falls into the same family as retinol, but is considered less effective.

Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) - the only form of Vitamin C you should look for in your skin care products. There are many skin care products on the market today that boast vitamin C derivatives as an ingredient (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate or ascorbyl palmitate, for example), but L-ascorbic acid is the only useful form of vitamin C in skin care products. Vitamin C is the only antioxidant proven to stimulate the synthesis of collagen as well, which is essential since your body's natural collagen production decreases as you age. Sun exposure will also accelerate the decrease in collagen. Studies have shown that vitamin C helps to minimize fine lines, scars, and wrinkles.

The two main side effects of the skin whitening ingredients above are stinging and sun sensitivity, of which are both normal. The skin lightening process will involve redness, burning, itching, and/or stinging sensation. Caution must be observed to use sunscreen daily and not to overuse skin lighteners, in order to avoid irritation and blotchy skin.

Using products with the above skin whitening ingredients can increase sun sensitivity by 50% causing an interesting dilemma - they may be able to reverse some of the damage caused by photoaging by the use of high SPF sunscreen, but at the same time they make the skin more susceptible to photoaging if left unprotected.

Other Important Information:

One well known active ingredient for bleaching / whitening / lightening skin creams, hydroquinone, is banned in Europe, and has been linked over & over to cancer. Another popular ingredient capable to fade darkened skin areas is mercury which causes severe body nerve system poisoning! Full details here

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