Not to stick my nose in where I'm out of my league, but I just want to put this out there as an alternative to HQ:
Skin-Lightening and Whitening Ingredients
For what it's worth. It makes me sad to think you could hurt yourselves.
I checked out that site and it seems that those products are aimed at correcting aberrations in skin color - due to hormones, sun exposure, and the like.
And so, they are probably not strong enough to totally change one's natural skin color, which seems to be the intent of most of the users on this thread. That is, folks of darker natural skin color desiring a lighter color for societal and other reasons, not because of damage to the skin.
But that begs the question, at least for me, and so I ask it here in the hope that someone can/will respond -
Are these natural agents at least tried before resorting to HQ and derivative products? Or are they bypassed?
If natural products are not as effective, but still work to some degree, are they not preferable in light of the risks associated with HQ and derivative products? - especially when used over the long term in high concentrations on extensive areas of the body?