Skin lightening is a cosmetic procedure done to erase dark spots on one’s skin or make a person appear lighter.
When one goes through a skin lightening procedure, they reduce or stop the production of melanin. Melanin is a brown or black tan on the skin that protects one from harmful sun rays.
There are two major ways of lightening your skin; skin lightening creams/products and laser treatment
There is a difference between skin lightening and skin bleaching.
Skin bleaching is when one uses products that contain harmful chemicals such as hydroquinone, mercury, steroids, and chloride which destroy or block melanin from being produced.
In Kenya, skin lightening products range from Sh150 to Sh20,000. You can find cheap creams Nairobi’s River Road but you risk permanently darkening your skin, liver and kidney damage and skin cancer due to the harmful products contained in the creams.
Here five legal skin lighting agencies in Kenya.
1. Avane Clinic
There have two clinics. One in the fourth floor of Yaya Centre, Nairobi and the other in the ground floor (G3) of Park Suites building in Parklands.
Avane Dermatology Clinic uses Glutathione Pro and Crystal Tomato products in their skin lightening procedure.
According to the Avane Clinic, Glutathione is the most popular and it does not have side effects. Administered under the supervision of a doctor, Glutathione can be taken as a cream or a pill.
2. Skin Lightening Therapy
It is located on Kimathi Street, at the 4th floor of Eagle House in Nairobi, Room 4.
They stock Glutathione skin lightening injections for Sh15,000, Facial Whitening set, Glutathione Whitening Capsules, Whitening Lotions, Acne treatment and Dark Circle Remover.
3. Skin Kenya
They are located at Yaya Center in Nairobi on the 4th floor Room 3. One can also find them at MP Shah Hospital, Doctors Plaza 2nd Floor Room 5.
Skin Kenya uses laser treatment to improve skin texture, get rid of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. Because it is a more intricate procedure that can take up to 60 days, prices can go as high as Sh200,000.
4. Western Cosmetics
Western Cosmetics is an online shop that stocks health supplements, beauty and cosmetics, and essential oils. You can, therefore, buy skin lightening products such as Glutathione which goes for about Sh10,000.
They have physical offices Mitsumi Business Park, 5th Floor on Muthithi Road, Westlands, Nairobi.
5. Skin Lightening Creams Kenya
This is also an online shop that stocks skin lightening creams for those who want to get rid of acne spots and hyperpigmentation.
The skin lightening cream goes for Sh4000 and the lightening cream is Sh1500. If you just want to tone your skin, you will part with Sh3000.