As the science and technology advance, we have more understandings of our genetics. We know more about how our body and our organs function. Discoveries of new chemical compounds and their properties in medicines to fight against virus and improve our health. Along comes more improvements in cosmetics to enhance our appearances as well. 

We are able to find all kinds of products to alter our skin texture, body shape, height, weights and so on. But the most amazing change you can make is probably modifying your skin colour as it has the most visual impact. Now the skin whitening market is opening up to more general population, we have more options of methods we prefer to achieve skin whitening. 

The most common way of skin whitening is applying skin whitening cream on an area we wish to improve the color. Skin whitening creams are very popular especially in the Asian countries for ladies and for men. Although, the progress of whitening may take up to 2 months before you can notice any change. It is a relatively safe product to use as it does not involve altering or affecting other organs in our body.

As we go on pushing the boundaries to improve cosmetics, there is an increase in numbers of people who are seeking products that deliver a faster result. Some people prefer an ingestion of medicines to alter their appearance as they believe the direct effectiveness in changing of skin colour is greater. However, there are mixed reviews of skin whitening pills.

There are a large number of medicines available for skin whitening. Compared with skin whitening cream, skin whitening pills seem more promising with a faster reaction and gives better results. But the pills involve risks of potentially changing the body systems and may have more than one side effect. Although there are positive reviews of the effectiveness, we should not ignore the dangers of skin whitening pills only for the sake of skin color.

So how does skin whitening pills work? Skin whitening pills are based on the studies of production of hormones that affecting the color of skin. A hormone known as melanin which is responsible for the light and dark colors of the body skin. The whitening pills alter the behavior of the body glands by changing the production of melanin in the skin. And the skin whitening pills are only effective if the body glands are working properly. The side effects of body gland altering should be considered so you can take precautionary measures in considering such products.



The production of the melanin is affected by a chemical known as hydroquinone in the skin whitening pills. It is also known as melanin inhibitor. It disrupts the normal amount of production of melanin. When a correct percentage is used, your skin will appear lighter in color. However, if the pill contains higher hydroquinone amount than the standard safety percentage, it will damage collagen and causing thinning of the skin.



Glutathione acts as an antioxidant in the skin cells, which prevents the damage to important cellular components by neutralizing free radicals and peroxides. It is used in skin whitening pills to reduce the darken of skin. Glutathione also facilitates many other important functions of the body. But it can be deadly if the amount of glutathione is not regulated. It is said that the skin whitening pills contains glutathione has not yet been tested in human trials.


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is considered as an effective antioxidant for the skin. It helps to raise the level of glutathione in the body and gives the skin a lighter colour. There are many natural sources of Vitamin C such as food and plants. Vitamin C is considered to be much safer in skin whitening, however the potential overdoes can cause a healthy person to experience more than one of the symptoms such as indigestion, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flushing of the face, headache, fatigue or disturbed sleep.


There are many other ingredients used in production of skin whitening pills, it is possible that when the ingredients are combined together, it may have a counteract effect so that the damage to human body can be minimized. You should still consider the dangers of skin whitening pills relating to your health.

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