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10-05-2011
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Every non-White population has an issue with having darker skin--they all have products for skin lightening. It has a lot to do with economic status (African slaves who were lighter were house slaves; Indians and Asians who were of a higher status spent less time doing labor outside so their skin was lighter) and the stains of colonialism when the European standard of beauty was idealized and imprinted of peoples of different nations to enforce slavery and the mistreatment of non-Whites--'The Great Chain of Being' when the concept of race took root in Homo sapien history. Such idealizations and thoughts about economic status eventually transformed into thinking that being lighter was better than being darker among other things where it is seen as undesirable to have kinky hair or epicanthic folds which is found in both African and Eastern Asian populations worldwide.

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And I disagree, most Asians are tanned. I live in a large Asian population here and they're not pale at all unless they hide behind their huge umbrellas and wear long sleeves. I'm multiracial and my ex was from Korea. His skin was three shades lighter than mine when it got hotter outside and he wasn't even sunbathing or anything.


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Every non-White population has an issue with having darker skin--they all have products for skin lightening. It has a lot to do with economic status (African slaves who were lighter were house slaves; Indians and Asians who were of a higher status spent less time doing labor outside so their skin was lighter) and the stains of colonialism when the European standard of beauty was idealized and imprinted of peoples of different nations to enforce slavery and the mistreatment of non-Whites--'The Great Chain of Being' when the concept of race took root in Homo sapien history. Such idealizations and thoughts about economic status eventually transformed into thinking that being lighter was better than being darker among other things where it is seen as undesirable to have kinky hair or epicanthic folds which is found in both African and Eastern Asian populations worldwide.

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And I disagree, most Asians are tanned. I live in a large Asian population here and they're not pale at all unless they hide behind their huge umbrellas and wear long sleeves. I'm multiracial and my ex was from Korea. His skin was three shades lighter than mine when it got hotter outside and he wasn't even sunbathing or anything.
I agree! Great point, however I will say this. I do like a lightening product for scars or stretch marks not for my overall skin tone. I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder and if lightening your skin makes you feel better, then I say go for it but safely. I have no right to tell someone how to live their life but Oceanhue, your point is indeed a historical fact and shift in our society even today. I see all the time in magazines, ads and promos. Artists with dark skin get lighter and lighter every year. Love your skin everyone, we are all beautiful.

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Skin whitening tips
I have a problem that i've been dealing with since this summer. I got tan pretty bad, and my skin looks a bit blotchy and uneven. I've tried everything from glycerin to aloe vera. I need to whiten my dark spots.

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It is hard to remove natural tan. It will fade with time. Apply buttermilk with bit of oats in it. The oats has exfoliating capacity and the butter milk is an excellent after skin soother.

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I was reading about Obagi. Can someone please give me their honest opinion on the product. thanks

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I was reading about Obagi. Can someone please give me their honest opinion on the product. thanks
If you are black then i don't think obagi is for you. I am a black girl with light skin but obagi made me look almost white. I only needed it to lighten some dark pigmentation patches on my face but it made things worse and my face did not match my neck.

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but see, that's the problem with some ppl when they lighten their skin, youre suppose to apply neck and face.

i did hear the product does make you look super white if you continue to use it. im not black, i already have light skin but i have uneven skin tone from sun tanning, and it annoys me!
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did you use retin-a?
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but see, that's the problem with some ppl when they lighten their skin, youre suppose to apply neck and face.

i did hear the product does make you look super white if you continue to use it. im not black, i already have light skin but i have uneven skin tone from sun tanning, and it annoys me!
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I used it on my neck too but it did not have quite the same impact as it did on my face. I used Retin A and it did make me peel a LOT!!! The peeling removed some discolourations from my cheeks but that was it. Overall the unevenness was worse than pre obagi.

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Is there anything out there that will just fade hyperpigmentation marks and not make it look like you're wearing a white mask?

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Is there anything out there that will just fade hyperpigmentation marks and not make it look like you're wearing a white mask?
you might want to try triluma. you should ask a doctor about it. although in some countries its available without a prescription.

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I had really bad acne scars on my back and I had to get a couple of peeling sections to get it 'all' off. I got rid of the majority of it, but there were some spots that were 4-5 shades darker than my skintone. I used Vitanol-A (it changes names from country to country, so you might wanna google it) everyday for 7 days and it got really better. Just really make sure you use it daily, I works much more poorly if you skip a day or two

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You can also try some home remedies. They do work, but they take longer to get you the result you want - at least they will certainly take you there, unlikely some expensive products that don't work for everybody..
I like to use a mix of plain yogurt with a bit of fresh lemon juice once a week. It does helps brightens the skin but again, this is a routine you want to stick to to see the results!
Lemon is one of the best natural bleachers and the plain yogurt will just hydrate your skin (lemon can be a bit harsh if your skin is already quite dry, so you never want to use it directly.. unless you want dull skin)

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I made this spray for my face, and i see improvement. i mixed different juices, (lemon juice, cucumber juice, green tea, glycerin and aloe vera). you pretty much need too squeezed the juices out and pore them in a jar and leave the jar refrigerated for a day, and your finish!
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Every non-White population has an issue with having darker skin--they all have products for skin lightening. It has a lot to do with economic status (African slaves who were lighter were house slaves; Indians and Asians who were of a higher status spent less time doing labor outside so their skin was lighter) and the stains of colonialism when the European standard of beauty was idealized and imprinted of peoples of different nations to enforce slavery and the mistreatment of non-Whites--'The Great Chain of Being' when the concept of race took root in Homo sapien history. Such idealizations and thoughts about economic status eventually transformed into thinking that being lighter was better than being darker among other things where it is seen as undesirable to have kinky hair or epicanthic folds which is found in both African and Eastern Asian populations worldwide.

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And I disagree, most Asians are tanned. I live in a large Asian population here and they're not pale at all unless they hide behind their huge umbrellas and wear long sleeves. I'm multiracial and my ex was from Korea. His skin was three shades lighter than mine when it got hotter outside and he wasn't even sunbathing or anything.
this is true but in the middle east there is a slow reversal of this happening

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