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Hi .. I've been lightening on and off for years. I had real good results using carowhite with lactic acid, a lightening serum, lemon EO and carrot seed oil lol. I've been on here like 5 years ago but couldn't remember my username anymore :( so made a new acct. I have a lot of experience with this stuff..

I recently had a baby and got so dark, since I wasn't using anything. I decided I wanted to use something strong without direct HQ and to start making my own gel after seeing a recipe on MakingCosmetics. I used to think about creams and lotions, but gels are so much easier to make if all the ingredients mix in water. You just need some distilled water, this gelmaker additive and some preservative.

my trial recipe is:
8% alpha arbutin (powder)
10% niacinamide (powder)
10% skinwhite ascutin ( alphaarbutin, vit c and oatmeal peptide mix ) (liquid)

in future i will probably add lemon eo, mulberry root extract

i don't go outside until it's darker here (i live in the sunny south) to go in the pool. but using a zinc sunscreen too.

At night I'm using palmers skin fade + lactic acid occasionally, it's kind of hard for me to do things twice a day every day regularly lol.

i intend to update this thread though. right now though, i'm still waiting for the ingredients to come in. but i bathe with dr. somebody (i forget the name lol)'s skin lightening soap, it's pink, and alternate with the kojie san dream white .. the orange one is too strong for me

well, here it goes! lol. hey.
 

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Watch your usage rates. Typical concentration for B3 is 1-6%, Alpha Arbutin 0.2%-2%, and SkinWhite is 1-5%
 

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I know. The AA and b3 are fine. I might scale back down the skinwhite to 5% since I've never used it before, but it is AA and vitamin C, nothing crazy like an acid or etc. These usage rates don't necessarily consider the fact that a person with darker skin needs higher concentrations in order to see results. 2% AA would be a joke for someone with my skintone.
 

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Sooooooo update -- a lot of fooling around, a lot of money spent.

I waited to start around December, so it's been about 5 months of lightening. Right now (and what I ended up doing) I am doing 7% Alpha Arbutin + niacinamide + RA mix but it seems like it's working slow, and a carowhite and LA mix. I am seeing results but it's not fast at all. I'm also taking a glutathione powder supplement and pills along with MSM, Vitamin C, and milk thistle. I feel like I should see rapid lightening but I still see a dark undertone. So at times right now I can look a bright medium brown, but in other lighting dark-dark (that awkward phase...) I was SUPER DARK before because of hormones so I guess I'm not surprised it's taking a while.


I recently bought kojic acid and mequinol that I'm waiting to receive. I want to do Alpha Arbutin and Mequinol and another combo mix, but I'm not sure what yet. I only use a lightener once a day because it's too hard for me to do twice a day consistently.
 

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Besides lightening overall tone, acne marks are gradually clearing pretty well. I had a baby and got horrible acne, so those are lightening up slowly but surely.

I guess as a summary I went from very dark chocolate to a caramel color in 4-5 months of consistent lightening once a day with supplements and rarely going outside. Once I get mequinol and kojic acid I'll be experimenting more.
 

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Besides lightening overall tone, acne marks are gradually clearing pretty well. I had a baby and got horrible acne, so those are lightening up slowly but surely.

I guess as a summary I went from very dark chocolate to a caramel color in 4-5 months of consistent lightening once a day with supplements and rarely going outside. Once I get mequinol and kojic acid I'll be experimenting more.
Can u share your Mequinol source?
 

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I also looked up online (ebay) and purchased licorice extract powder, and papain to add to my alpha arbutin mix. this is going to be fun lol
 

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How long do you keep your mix before it goes bad?
The alpha arbutin mix for the most part I add a little preservative and it never goes bad before I use it.
The Carowhite mix doesn't go bad before I use it all.
I usually use within about 1-2 weeks
 

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The alpha arbutin mix for the most part I add a little preservative and it never goes bad before I use it.
The Carowhite mix doesn't go bad before I use it all.
I usually use within about 1-2 weeks
thanks. Keep rubbing and keeping an eyes on your thread.
 

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Hi guys, I got the mequinol fairly quick.

It came as chunky crystals. It does have a smell, but not as bad as other people seemed to mention personally.
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Like people mentioned in that old mequinol thread, it does absorb into the cream. I stirred heavily, let it sit, and stirred again, and it seems to have absorbed. I haven't put it on my skin yet. I will probably let it sit a few hours and stir again before using it. So I added it to the carowhite and some lactic acid. This is a small 10% 4 oz batch since I was skeptical if it'd absorb right into the cream like it did.

I don't think anyone has actually shown the mequinol but that's what it looks like.
 

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Ok, I might have to start using perfume with it. Lol it does have a distinct smell. In the carowhite it makes it more slick and watery feeling.
 

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DIY is def the way to go. Goodluck, can’t wait to see your results with mequinol
Thanks! I LOVE how easy it is to work with. Literally able to just dump it into whatever.

I am making a 20% strength for the body. 10% is strong for the face, it burned.


But, I'm not going to just use mequinol. I am using Kojic acid too soon so, yeah, I am doing a lot of things because I want to get very light without taking 2 years.
 

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Best luck on the 10% I will be watching the thread. I'm harassing my friends in Europe to go to France and get tubes of leucodinine for me but this seems much simpler.

How do you pick a proper source?
 
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