Skin Brightening Cream


When it comes to public perception, skin brightening cream has historically gotten a bad rap. Pop star Michael Jackson is a case in point; his use of whitening cream was in response to a skin disease that left his face blotched with an appearance reminiscent of bleach stains. Even when he went public about his illness, many people persisted in believing he was trying to change his race.

In actual fact, skin brightening cream is useful to thousands of people who have conditions they would like to cover. Some basic explanation of the topic might help to clear up some of the misunderstandings.

Celebrity Skin Brightening Cream: A Classic Cade

Because Jackson’s skin whitening caused such controversy, his case seems like a suitable example to explore. Although the natural skin tone of his youth had been a rich chocolate brown, fans and media began to note in the mid-1980s that his face was becoming noticeably whiter. He also underwent several plastic surgeries, most notably thinning his nose and his lips. The combination of skin lightening and surgeries led many people to jump to the conclusion that Jackson was “trying to become white.”

With his medical history now revealed, however, it becomes apparent that his use of skin lightening cream was an entirely separate matter from his cosmetic surgeries, and was actually in response to a medical condition that disfigured his skin. Vitiligo is a skin disease that results in patches of skin being almost entirely depigmented.

The effect particularly mars the appearance of patients who had dark complexions to begin with, because the white patches show up so clearly against naturally dark skin. Vitiligo is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, and Jackson’s later diagnosis with Lupus (another autoimmune disease) probably aggravated the epidermal defect.

Although vitiligo itself is a rare condition, affecting only one percent of the world’s population, skin brightening cream is a common treatment for those who suffer from it. The lightening agent is applied in reverse, compared to more common treatments of features like birthmarks or scars. In cases like the latter, the blemished area is darker or redder than the natural complexion, so the skin brightening cream is applied to the damaged area to make it more closely match the surrounding skin.

 With vertiligo, the only way to achieve an even skin tone is to lighten the skin surrounding the white patches. In other words, the “cost” of having evenly balanced skin is the fact that the entire complexion will be considerably lighter than the natural, original shade.

Social Stigma Lessening for Skin Brightening Cream


Of course, skin brightening cream can be used for purely cosmetic and aesthetic reasons by people who wish for lighter skin.  However, there are literally thousands of people whose looks are marred by medical conditions related to skin color. For these folks, it would be reasonable to consider the use of skin brightening cream as a medical application. As the formulas improve and their use becomes widespread, the social stigma of skin whitening is gradually dissipating.

Celebrities from Hollywood to Bollywood are becoming more open about the fact that better acting jobs and advertising gigs are available to fairer-skinned folks. Although very few people talk publicly about their choice to use skin brightening cream, red carpet photos tell the story. Some household names are now attached to faces that are slightly less familiar than the names. Comparing current photos to pictures from a couple years ago, there is no room for doubt. Some of the celebrities who have clearly lightened their skin include Sammy Sosa, Beyoncé, Rhianna, Iman, and Lil Kim.

Although they may not be choosing to talk about the choice, this is a case where a picture truly is worth a thousand words. Whitening skin is becoming an increasingly popular choice among actors and music stars.

Editorial “Whitewashing” Highlights Desirability of Skin Lightening

If anyone were in doubt about the cultural desirability of lightening skin, there is a backhanded sort of proof in recent controversies over magazine covers.  The issue with these issues has been the photo editing. Whether achieved by tricks of lighting, developing, or photoshopping, several Black celebrities have made cover appearances in which they appeared many shades lighter than their usual skin tone.

The media reporters who reported on this media trend made it clear that there would be nothing wrong with individual celebrities choosing to use skin brightening cream on themselves. The outrage in this case stems from the fact that editors made this alteration to someone else, and presumably without the knowledge or permission of the pictured celebrities.  The meta-message of this stunt seems to be a commentary that lighter skin is preferable, and that even celebrities’ faces need to be “touched up” to fair complexions. It is, in short, an apparent commentary on the looks of celebrities of color, implying that they would be “improved” by being more Caucasian in their appearance.

Skin Brightening Cream for Non-Celebrities

There are many amenities that celebrities enjoy and that the population at large can’t afford. If women reading the tabloids are envious of a celebrity woman’s flat tummy just weeks after giving birth, it must be remembered that an actor or singer can afford a personal trainer and all the fanciest exercise equipment.

Nor can most women afford the fashion purchases or styling services that make the famous look so fabulous. There is one area, however, where the conveniences afforded by the famous are within easy reach for those who aren’t so affluent. Skin brightening cream is just such an item.

Whether you have a skin condition that you would like to remedy by lightening the blemished areas, or whether you would like to lighten your skin as a simple matter of style and fashion, you can purchase skin brightening cream over the counter at a surprisingly low cost. Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of the cream, but they often do pay for a consultation with your doctor so you can gather information and recommendations for your own use.



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