Whitening creams are great for a number of reasons, but it turns out that they can also damage the skin’s natural defenses, according to a new study.
Whitening creamer is commonly used in the US and the UK, and is used to whiten the face and lips to protect against acne and other signs of ageing.
But according to the researchers, its use can lead to allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis.
Whitening cream can be purchased in a wide variety of forms, including tablets, sprays, creams and mixtures, and has become increasingly popular among middle-aged people over the last few years.
Whiteners, or whiteners for short, are also a major issue in the UK.
In 2015, the Health and Safety Executive ruled that they could be harmful to the skin, with some claiming that they were dangerous for people with sensitive skin.
Whitener sales are on the rise, with more than 70% of UK households buying one or more tablets and the company that makes the most popular brand, Whitewize, has reported sales of over $3bn in the past three years.
In an article for the journal, The Lancet, researchers from the University of Leeds and the University at Albany, in New York, looked at how whiteheads affected people’s skin.
They looked at facial samples taken from 60 participants over three years and looked at skin cells, and skin cells’ ability to make a chemical called melanin, which is a natural sunscreen.
It was clear that skin cells in the body had an increased ability to manufacture melanin and a decline in this activity could be linked to skin ageing.
It is possible that the results were due to other factors, but in general, they suggested that whiteheads in the skin had a negative impact on skin health, and this was linked to the development of skin cancers.
In a second study, published in the journal The Lancet on March 8, researchers also looked at the skin cells and the chemical composition of skin cells from healthy participants, and concluded that these cells were the main cause of skin ageing in healthy skin.
It has been suggested that the chemical compound known as pyrrolidinium bromide (PPB), which is used in whitening creaming products, is a precursor to the whitehead protein, and the researchers believe this could be a contributor to the problem.”PPB is a skin-conditioning chemical that promotes skin cells to produce more melanin in response to sunlight,” said study co-author Professor David Jorgensen, who has been studying skin ageing for over 30 years.
“We also know that the whiteheads may be a contributing factor to the ageing process.”
Therefore, the results suggest that this protein is a significant source of risk to skin.
“The findings of the study are a first step in understanding the role that skin ageing plays in skin damage and, if proven, could have a significant impact on the future of whitening products.
Professor Jorgenson said: “The main message is that, if we continue to use products that are not made with skin, we are actually increasing the risk of skin damage.”
He added that the researchers were hoping to find ways to prevent skin ageing and to reduce the effects of whiteners.”
Our study also showed that the use of PPB was associated with higher rates of facial skin cancer, which means that if we can find ways of protecting the skin against skin ageing, we might be able to prevent this,” he said.
The researchers are now looking at ways to further improve the safety of whitener products.”
The aim of this work is to find a way of protecting skin against these risks, and then we hope to be able do more research to understand more about the mechanisms involved in skin ageing,” Professor Jorgens said.
Professor James Fisk, from the Department of Dermatology at Imperial College London, said:”We know that skin is ageing, and it is a common theme in studies that look at the effects that whitening has on the skin.”
It has also been shown that the more skin exposed to whiteners, the more damage the ageing occurs.”
However, the evidence is not clear, and a lot of research is needed to make these conclusions.
“Skin ageing is a complex phenomenon and it could be that these chemicals could cause some of the damage that is occurring, but further research is required to clarify this issue.”