Whitening my skin?
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What are some good and safe ways to lighten my skin? I have Asian skin, so it's pretty fair with golden undertones. But even with sunscreen, sun exposure made it darker. And what sunscreens do you recommend that would not clog pores and contribute to breakouts? 

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Obagi has a great line of products that contain non prescription strength hydroquinone. Hydroquinone will lighten your skin, but is mainly used to lighten dark spots and acne scars. However, you must use a sunscreen, as these products make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. If you purchase the Obagi travel kit it comes with all the products (steps 1-5) and a spf 30 sunscreen, which I can not use. I swear by Obagi skin care. PTR matte sunscreen is the best choice for my oily, brown skin. It does not leave a white residue and melts into my skin. Hope this helps.

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Hannico- THE PTR Uber Dry is definitely not not greasy but it strips my nail polish.  I will be keeping any product that can strip my nail polish far, far away from my face.  Just me, I'm a little weird like that.


First of all, do not use Lemon Juice on your skin as it is very irritating. Just because something is all-natural does not mean it is good to put on your skin. 


As for Hydroquinone, you can use it, but not for more than 6 months as it can build up to toxic levels in your system. For that reason I do not recommend that either. Plus, it can also irritate the skin. 


I would try a combination of Vitamin C with another non-irritating lightener and, as your budget permits, a non-abrasive exfoliator.


Vitamin C is unstable and so a good formulation is critical if you want it to do anything. The best out there is Perricone MD's Vitamin C Ester. 


For a non-irritating lightener, I recommend Vinoperfect Radiance Serum or Sheer transformation by Ole Henriksen.


Blue Plasma is also the only non-irritating exfoliator out there that still provides a good exfoliation.



You do not have to use all three. I would recommend starting with a well-formulated vitamin c.


Remember to give the results a minimum of 4 weeks.



As for sunscreens, Shiseido makes some of the best on the market. I really like Shiseido’s Urban Environment Oil-Free SPF 42 for Faces. Neutrogena’s Faces Sunscreens are also decent if you want something cheaper. 


Well I'm not sure about whitening, but as for sunscreen, I always had problems with oiliness.  The Peter Thomas Roth brand makes some awesome sunscreen that isn't greasy at all and works fantastically.  It's a bit pricey, but for someone like me who hated the feel of sunscreen and always had problems, it's so worth it.

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