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      has anyone tried anything that really brightens the complexion?

      Please don't post messages about how "one should be comfortable in the skin they have". I'm starting this thread because a lot of people have the same question on their minds.

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      In Pakistan,ladies usually mix four creams,and apply on the face every night,and it's said that,that indeed works!
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      I've tried more than 10 fairness creams. National and internatioal brands..beleive me, NONE of them work. Some even started to darken my complexion so i had to stop using immediately. I just take good care of my skin and avoid the sun as much as possible. And my complexion actually has lightened.

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      My friend says Shiseido white lucent is good for the skin. I personally apply Rosewater and I like it, I think it works as a toner.

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      I was watching a segment of this Pakistani morning show, Good Morning Pakistan that comes on ARY, and the dermatologist, Dr. Fazeela Abbassi, who hosts that particular segment talked about fairness treatments that are available. She FORBADE everyone to use that concoction of creams that Pakistani women use because of its drastic long-term side effects.

      She did say, though, that to get a brighter and more even complexion, one should use a Kojic Acid based serum/cream. Also, don't skip on sunscreen whenever you go out during the day and use it with proper protocol. Keep yourself well hydrated. Take enough fibre in your diet. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies and do aerobic exercises.

      Good luck!
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      what is that mixture of creams? i hear so much about the harmful effects over longterm...what exactly is in it??

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      ^steroids(that thin the skin), the active ingredient is a carcinogen
      Please read this article




      PAKISTAN: Focus on skin bleaching


      Skin bleaching is a multi-million dollar industry in Pakistan, but not without its dangers
      ISLAMABAD, 4 March 2002 (IRIN) - Graduating with a master's degree in science, 23 year-old Nasim Jamil is an attractive young Pakistani lady, but unhappy with her looks. "I am not fair enough," she told IRIN. "White is best," she maintained. Such comments are not uncommon in this Asian country, where skin colour is increasingly being promoted to reflect one's position in society, a phenomenon which has serious implications. Today Jamil is receiving counselling in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, to improve her self-esteem. "When you ask Pakistani ladies what their idea of an ideal woman is, they will tell you that she should have fair skin," Fozia Yasmin, a clinical psychologist with the Pakistani nongovernmental organisation Rozan, told IRIN. Some 50 percent of women that she had counselled had been concerned about their skin colour, she added. Employing three psychologists, Rozan offers workshops on building self-esteem in colleges, and counselling for women. "You see advertisements for skin creams everywhere you go in this country," she explained, saying that women in this Islamic nation were expected to look their best at all times, but were at the same time expected to be subservient. She used the example of a television advertisement in which a well-known Pakistani actress is promoting a skin bleaching cream. "Women admire these beauties, and they want to look like them, so they will buy the product," Yasmin said. Skin colour also determines social status, according to the clinical psychologist, who said it was acceptable to be darker skinned if you were a member of the lower classes, but not if you were part of the upper strata in Pakistan. Yasmin added that she had often overheard conversations in which older women encouraged girls to use bleaching creams, telling them that it would improve their chances of finding a wealthier husband. "Men in this country are also to blame, as they look for a marriage partner who is light skinned," she stressed. However, the psychological aspect is not the only component of skin bleaching: doctors also warn of physical damage. "We have between 10 and 15 female patients per month who are treated for skin burns caused by these bleaching creams," a skin specialist at the state-run Pakistan Institute for Medical Sciences in Islamabad, Dr Naureen Zaheer, told IRIN. Some women also use steroids to whiten their skin. Zaheer described this as a "lethal combination". "They have a very bad effect on the skin and make it thinner and more prone to disorders. It can cause acne, and could also have the reverse effect and turn the skin black," she warned. "The tissue becomes very delicate and can be damaged even if it is scratched." The two main bleaching agents in the creams are ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. The ammonia can cause irritation and, according to skin specialists, this is what causes most of the reactions. Mild irritation results in redness. If it becomes worse, the skin can blister and burn. "The burn is usually superficial, but it can go deeper if you leave the cream on for too long," Zaheer said. The dermatologist cited an example of a patient whose skin was ulcerated and prone to eczema, resulting in the face being covered in marks and blacks spots. "There have been patients whom I have referred to the plastic surgery department because the burns are so bad," she said. Asked what advice she would give women to encourage them not to use the creams, she replied: "We know that women will use these creams regardless of the advice we give them. But what we do say is that they should not use them when consuming other medication." Skin-whitening lotions contain chemicals, and are usually derivatives of a substance called phenol and must be used in conjunction with a sun block. Paradoxically, however, they can cause the skin to darken. "I have seen many allergic reactions to this bleach, Dr Rehana Jamil, a skin specialist at Islamabad's Ali Medical Centre, told IRIN. "If your skin does turn black you must stop using it straight away and it will eventually return to its normal colour." Jamil cited many cases of women suffering second-degree burns to the face. In one incident, a woman treated by Jamil was in excruciating pain due to blisters on her face. Following treatment, the patient's skin settled, but she returned soon after with black patches on her face. "This was the post-inflammatory affect of the pigmentation, and was very difficult to treat. It took years to heal," she added. The skin specialist warned that excessive use of the cream could also scar for life. "You see, ammonia is corrosive, and if it goes deep enough it can burn very badly, because it eats away the skin," she said. As the most popular beauty treatment in Pakistan, salons and chemist shops cash in on the skin-lightening craze. "We sell more than 100 tubes of skin and facial hair bleach a week," a sales assistant at Islamabad's biggest pharmacy told IRIN. "These are the most sought-after products." "About 90 percent of my clients ask for facial hair bleach or skin bleach, but I only offer it to those who are suited to it," the owner of the Zaib beauty salon in Islamabad, Naz Anjum, told IRIN. "I always do a skin test and advise my clients to do a skin test if they are using it at home, and it should only be used once every six weeks," she added. At the Zaib beauty salon, skin bleach is used for treating scars and for lightening pigmentation. Anjum warned that problems occurred when the solution was not mixed properly, and too much ammonia was used. She, too, told of skin-bleaching horror incidents. "A bride-to-be came to me on the eve of her wedding day. She had used this bleach, and her face had turned red and blotchy and then gone black," she said. Every year the cosmetic industry makes millions of dollars from the sale of skin-bleaching products in Pakistan and India alone. According to Yasmin, the only way to stop women from using such creams, lotions and potions is to empower them. "We need to promote the natural look. Pakistani women need to feel more comfortable with the way they look without the make-up and without the bleach, and that can be achieved if they improve their self esteem," she stressed.


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      wow really good article
      i can't believe ppl go to such lengths to get lighter
      almost all women in pak bleach their face and i dont even like the look of golden hair on the face...so artificial

      i think i read somewhere that there's a difference between skin lightening creams and skin brightening creams
      one has bleach and the other merely brightens your complexion with light diffusing particles
      i have never used one so i wouldnt know but everyone should stay away from skin bleaching products

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      I do use multani mitti (fuller's earth) on my face and neck. Its natural and has no side effects. It really helps get rid of acne and lightens the skin. Very good for oily skin. I don't add rose water to it cuz rose water doesn't suit my skin.

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      i have also heard about the four creams and i have also seen people who used them and became fair. but now there are not only 4 creams but 6 or seven. stillmens,betnovit,arche,fair and lovely,meena,kelly and capsels

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      one of my friends is using olay natural white cream...and in my pint of view she has become a bit fair..her complexion has lightened...she says she daily put a large amount of cream on her face twice..but personally so far everything i have tried didnt really work...

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      i have never and will never let any fairness cream touch my skin after reading abt the side effects of it by ~Gina, Chanda_Kh and several other members!

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      One of my friends in UK uses pharmaclinix and she says it works.. baki I don't know.
      Why this Kolaveri Di?

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      olay natural white cream......is not only a whitening cream...it gives u natural glow if u applied it sensibly.......i have been using it for 2 yrs........not only my skin has lightened....tha marks and pimples have also vanished and it has also become soft.......n ull love ur skin after u wash off the cream..........this skin does not contain bleach ....but gives u natural fair skin and glow.....just to maintain the glow....use the olay natural white wash and olay natural white night cream......its not expensive......

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      rose water is the best skin solution!

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      i think ubtan is good tooo!

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      instead of using chemicals and harming your skin why not just avoid the sun for long hours to get less of a tan, always use sunscreen to protect your skin and use brightening make-up products and there are some face powders that brighten your face
      i dont know if they work but asian (oriental) people use a lot of these techniques to brighten the look of their face

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      Quote Originally Posted by zara bangash View Post
      olay natural white cream......is not only a whitening cream...it gives u natural glow if u applied it sensibly.......i have been using it for 2 yrs........not only my skin has lightened....tha marks and pimples have also vanished and it has also become soft.......n ull love ur skin after u wash off the cream..........this skin does not contain bleach ....but gives u natural fair skin and glow.....just to maintain the glow....use the olay natural white wash and olay natural white night cream......its not expensive......
      how frequently do u use it?

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