Skin Lightening

There's a difference between skin lightening and skin bleaching. Also, simple techniques can help you get better results. Have more questions? Email us at  [email protected]

What determines skin color?

To fully understand this we must first look at the molecular changes that take place during melanin formation. Take a look at the video which explains this process visually. When the sun hits our skin it activates a process called Melanin formation. Melanin is the pigment in our skin which gives it color. The more melanin present, the darker your skin color. As shown in the video, Melanocytes are present in the epidermis of the skin where they produce small bundles of pigment proteins. These proteins are eventually deposited on the surface of the skin in the Keratinzed layer. The amount of melanocytes vary from individual to individual independent of race. 

Skin Lightening

Hydroquinone is the active ingredient in HydroGlow. It is a drug that is frequently called the Gold Standard in dermatology for lightening skin. Hydroquinone is a competitive inhibitor of the enzyme Tyrosinase. This enzyme catalyzes the formation of Melanin from the amino acid Tyrosine. Hydroquinone closely resembles this amino acid. It binds to the Tyrosinase active site and deactivates it. The result is a smaller amount of active enzymes and therefore a reduced Melanin production capacity. This leads to the lightening of skin that is newly produced since the newer cells have less melanin. HydroGlow also contains ingredients like Vitamin C which inhibits multiple pathways of Melanogenesis.

Skin Bleaching

Some steroids as well as mercury can damage skin cell membranes in an attempt to reduce melanin in cells that have already been keratinzed (deposited with melanin and keratin protein). However, this damages the skin integrity and causes many adverse side effects. Skin bleaching is dangerous and not effective. None of our products contain agents that dissolve pigment or "bleaches" the skin.

Hydrated Skin Lightens Faster

Using a good moisturizer that is water based can help to not only reduce dryness and redness but can also increase results by 17%. Find out How to Use.

Sunlight and Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is very sensitive to sunlight. The molecule rapidly becomes less stable in sunlight and quickly degrades. Therefore, HydroGlow should not be worn in direct sunlight for more than 10 minutes. When lightening the skin, it is advisable that if you are unable to avoid direct sunlight during the day, then use skin lightening products at night only.

Sensitivity during Skin Lightening

While skin is being treated, it is expected to be more sensitive. Some redness or peeling is to also to be expected. When using HydroGlow in combination with Tretinoin, this sensitivity will be intensified.

Skin thickness

The skin on your face and arms is thinner than the rest of your body. These regions will lighten quicker. Alternating usage will ensure a consistent result.

HydroGlow 20 (4oz)

HydroGlow is a 20% Serum of Hydroquinone. It lightens the skin while restoring the skin texture. Contains absolutely no steriods or harsh chemicals. One simple product, easy to use and versatile. Can be worn under makeup or sunscreen.

HydroGlow 20