Obvious signs of bleaching and how to avoid them
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    Obvious signs of bleaching and how to avoid them

    We all have different goals here (whether it is just to tone and even skin out, remove permatans, get a bit lighter or drastically lighter). However, no one wants that "bleacher" look (ie. Sammy Sosa).

    Please use this thread to list some of the obvious signs of bleaching and how to avoid them.

    A few off the top of my head:

    Awkwardly uneven tone. For example a bright face but dark neck, ears, perimeter of hair line. This can easily be avoided by not neglecting other parts of your skin during skin care.

    Dark joints (knuckles, knees, elbows etc). This isn't always a telltale sign of bleaching, as joints on naturally lighter people can also be dark but coped with other signs it can add up to scream "bleacher".

    Very darker lips. This is also one that isn't a sign on its own but can contribute to help others come to the conclusion.

    Darkening very fast in the sun. I went on a beach date with a naturally light skinned friend and a artificially light skinned cousin and let's just say, people who lighten darken much faster in the sun. I wish I could give advice on how to darken at a slower pace such as a naturally light person but I don't know. Use a high spf sunblock always.

    Discolorations are darker on those who lighten. When my naturally light skin friend scars or gets a discoloration from a popped pimple it tends to be a light brown. However, when I see someone who has lightened their skin drastically get a discoloration, it is much darker.

    Greyish, dull undertoned. I've noticed that naturally lighter people have richer undertones, whether it be red or yellow etc. Having this type of undertone also makes your skin look drastically different in different lighting (more so than those who are naturally light). As another poster said, when you are artificially light, you can easily appear dark skin in different lighting when in fact you are very pale. I've seen this effect in photos next to naturally light skin individual in different lighting. When I was lightening more heavily, in sunlight I was lighter than my naturally light friends, in dark photos I was darker. Ways to combat this are lightening from the inside. Taking supplements such as vitamin C, L Gluta, drinking tons of water etc.

    Thin skin. This may be in result of over exfoliating or using products with steroids. This can be avoided by not using products with steriod, not over exfoliating and building skin using products with skin building ingredients such as collagen and vitamin E and A.

    Skin color tends to fluctuate way more than the average person. Yes we all can tan and get lighter depending on the weather. However, I've noticed those who lighten their skin have way more fluctuations in skin tone regardless of the weather. This can be avoided by coming up with a maintenance regimen and sticking to it. Try coming up with a regimen for all 4 seasons, as what works for summer may over lighten you in the winter.

    Please feel free to add one telltale sides and tips on how to avoid them. Feel free to add more tips to the signs I posted above, as I feel I did not include enough tips.

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    from my experience, the easily darkening of skin in the sun is due to the photo sensitive acids and skin lighteners most bleachers use during the day. The average person isn’t using these products and therefore isn’t going to react as badly in the sun.
    My tip is *
    Go easy on the acids/HQ and just moisturise and use spf during the day

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    I would like to add that many of the strong bleaching creams have strong scents.

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    how do u get rid of white dots? i used a kligman's formula ( retin a , 1% hydrocortisone, hydroquinone) formula on my body and i have white dots

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    Quote Originally Posted by caramelgirl View Post
    I would like to add that many of the strong bleaching creams have strong scents.
    @caramelgirl I know they smell disgusting specially in summer does essential oils help with that

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    Also there is always a metallic smell from the person who has overly bleached _____i advise we detoxify always to wash away this heavy smell

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    Essential oils may help but I'd personally avoid anything with such smell all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flawlessBright View Post
    how do u get rid of white dots? i used a kligman's formula ( retin a , 1% hydrocortisone, hydroquinone) formula on my body and i have white dots
    Reduce usage or stop the product causing the white dots. Exfoliate with a good scrub and skin build with nourishing lotion, oils or butter depending on what works for you

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    Raccoon eyes, fake eyeliner effect where the waterline & inner eye corners stay dark because products can’t reach those areas. It looks so bizarre.

    Unusually red undertones.

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    Can you post a picture of what unusually red undertones look like? I'm not sure I know what you mean. Unusual paleness with "no undertone" tends to be an obvious sign.

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