Hello! I'm an asian female and I just ordered some Kose skin lightening products such as face masks and lotion from Japan because I would like to even out my skin tone from acne scar discolorations and random freckle bits and dark spots I have. It is a really popular brand in Asia that a lot of women seem to use. I was just wondering if using this product as well as my pill birth control was going to effect it at all? I was going to schedule an appointment with my doctor to ask him about it, but he is not free for an appointment that works with my schedule until Monday. So I am going to see him then, but I was wondering if anyone knew about these things?
I do remember hearing something about some skin whitening brands being tested and showing very high levels of mercury content, and several women being hospitalized in Hong Kong with mercury poisoning through using these creams... so I'd check that out to be sure the brand you're going to use doesn't contain mercury, definately.
Some whiteners are just sunscreen, basically, while others use bleach or inhibit the production of melanin, which your body produces to protect your skin from UV damage. It's definately not something to start using unless you're sure it's okay.
I'd imagine it probably wouldn't interfere with your pill, but if you have questions and nobody else here knows any answers, you could probably go to a pharmacist and ask, as well.
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