For whatever reason, many black or dark skinned people around the world want to become whiter. This is possible, in fact people do it all the time, especially in Hollywood.
Check out the photo above, which shows the amazing transformation of one black actress, Tina McGee from Boy Meets World.
If you want to see more before and after photos, take a look at this article about black women in Hollywood who bleach their skin. It shows before and after photos of some really famous pop stars and actors who have obviously undergone skin whitening treatments.
Some of these celebrities include Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Tempest Bledsoe from The Cosby Show, Michael Jackson, Samy Sosa, (baseball player), and many others.
These treatments are becoming more and more popular around the world, but it's not a new thing, people have been bleaching and lightening their skin for thousands of years.
The skin bleaching in Hollywood is so popular because studies have shown that a certain percentage of people, white or not, feel more comfortable watching a show or buying an album that is done by a lighter skinned person.
Is It Racist To Assume That Whiter Skin Is Better?
Perhaps it is a little racist, but even other black people tend to be a little less comfortable when looking at a man or woman with a very dark skin tone.
You can't change society, and the sub-conscious prejudices or preferences they have grown up with. The same thing is true for overweight people, gay people, or unattractive people. Studies show that they are treated in different ways.
For example, even as children, a baby will look at any ugly woman, and a beautiful woman, and if asked which one is mean, they will say the ugly one.
That's not to say that a really dark skin color makes you mean, or that it's a bad thing at all, but when people do show these racist traits in large numbers, it's important to take that into account, and it is actually possible to change a little.
Actually, you can change a lot, from totally black, to totally white, if you want to go that far. The most famous case of a celebrity using skin whitening products is Michael Jackson.
In his case, he was using a hydroquinone containing cream, prescribed to him by a doctor because he had a condition known as hypo-pigmentation, or vitiligo.
How To Bleach Your Skin Safely
It is quite important to bleach your skin safely, if you do decide that you want to undergo a skin whitening treatment.
Some people will be doing it because they have spots on their skin like birthmarks, freckles, scars, etc, but whatever the reason, you don't want to mess it up.
The chemical I mentioned before, hydroquinone, is not considered safe for long term use, and neither are many other chemicals found in different products sold by different companies around the world.
For example, there were a couple of bleaching creams from some very disreputable brands from Asia and Africa that used mercury as an active ingredient.
Obviously, this is a terribly poisonous chemical, and so you must know what any product contains before you put it on your skin.
You should probably only trust a brand made in America, (or other western countries), because they have very strict rules and regulations on what you're allowed to sell to people without a prescription.
Tonique Skin Care is such a brand, the company is based in Baltimore MA, and they've been in business for many years without any bad side effects reported from their many customers.
Click on the link and visit the site, their products contain arbutin, glycolic acid and sepiwhite FSH, which are all well known, safe and effective, over the counter ingredients which really work.
If you want to find out more, check out their Facebook page Skin Whitening Tips, the link to that is in the photo at the top of the sidebar, or send a message to the helpful support team at firstname.lastname@example.org before you buy.
For black people, or very dark skinned people, you will probably have to apply the cream evenly to your entire body to get even results. Again, ask the support team on the site to give you information on how to get the best results for your individual skin.