Skin colors are symbolic to Asians. Paler and brighter skin is often seen to be more beautiful. However, many people suffered from the misconception that whitening procedures usually lead to lots of side effects, so many gave up before even trying. There are actually many steps in skin brightening. Melanin formation is the main target of these steps. Since discoloration is a very complicated process, some steps do require more aggressive treatment than others. Allergic reactions are only caused by allergic treatment.
To simplify, there are five major steps to counteract pigmentation. Firstly, we are to weaken the function of tyrosinase, i.e. to counteract melanin formation. Secondly, we could remove the color of melanin. Thirdly, we have to prevent any sedimentation of melanin. Fourthly, we have to speed up the detachment of pigmented skin. Finally, we must apply sun tan lotion. Brightening is easier than whitening pigments that have already been formed. As long as we remove pigmented corny dead cells, our skin will have a more uniform tone. Generally speaking, brightening seldom produces side effects.
Aside from medical institutions, most whitening products are rich in plant extracts and anti-oxidants. Not only do they have brightening effects, they are also calming. Therefore, these products are good for a wide range of skins. Some of which with peeling effects are even perfect for milia and acne skin!
Sun tanning is not the only source of UV radiation; some energy-saving lamps are documented to radiate UV light as well. Those who work under these light sources are susceptible to quick pigmentation. Constant application of sunscreens are therefore absolutely brilliant choices to block UV stimulation to melanocytes.