Liver spots are the large flat brown spots that look like freckles and appear on the skin. These discolorations are normally caused by aging or overexposure to the sun. They are not necessarily related to the liver itself or liver disease. These spots become more popular after 40 years of age, and are often found on the areas that are more apt to be touched from the sun, such as the face, arms, shoulders, and the back of the hands. For some individuals, the liver spots can be bothersome and unattractive. One method of ridding the skin of these markings is with the use of bleaching cream. It is wise to learn the pros and cons of these skin whitening products before use.

Pros of Bleaching Cream

When liver spots are disturbing for an individual, it may lower confidence and self-esteem. Bleaching creams cover darker spots including liver spots. This lightening effect of the creams makes the skin discolorations less noticeable, usually within two to three weeks. When the skin looks better, self-esteem and confidence is improved.

Many of the quality bleaching creams that are on the market will improve the softness of the skin, and even diminish fine wrinkles. With the fading of the liver spots, clearer and an even tone of skin transpires, revealing a more attractive complexion of the face.

Cons of Bleaching Cream

Hydroquinone (crystalline derived from benzene or from multiple ring hydrocarbons) is a substance which was banned in Europe and Japan, and is highly regulated in both the United States and Canada. This ingredient and its potential to mutate cells is a danger and risk for cancer. Hydroquinone is also used in film developing products. Many of the bleaching and skin whitening creams that are offered in pharmacies and stores contain this substance. Careful selection should be made to avoid purchasing products that contain harmful ingredients. Nature-based whitening products are normally a safer choice. Bleaching creams should always be used under the advice and care of a dermatologist.

Many skin whitening products that try to rid liver spots contain mercury. Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that, even in a small quantity, can cause life threatening and irreversible side effects and complications. Some problems that may arise from mercury are nerve and brain damage, and kidney damage.

Bleaching creams also contain glucocorticosteroids. This substance is usually safe in small quantities, but it is not recommended for prolonged use. If the whitening creams are used for a lengthy amount of time, this ingredient could cause muscle weakness, osteoporosis, cataracts, acne and other medical conditions.

With abuse and over-use of the skin whitening creams, a darker color of skin could develop. Freckles could turn into more apparent, ugly scars. With long-term use, the skin could become so thin that it could cause stretch marks.

An allergic reaction may sometimes occur if there is intolerance to the bleaching creams. It is good practice to always test the product first with a small patch inside the forearm, even if it is not the first time of use, as allergies may also develop in the future.

Bleaching creams for liver spots are more costly than homemade remedies.