This article explores common misconceptions about the safety of skin brightening cream for intimate areas. While there are many products on the market which claim to safely brighten skin, how can you tell the difference between marketing claims and tangible results? Skin bleaching is not a new trend in the world. For decades people have wished to lighten unwanted darker skin blemishes and darker skin areas. Hyper-pigmentation can be caused by the sun, hormones, pregnancy, medical conditions and friction. But darker skin can also be normal, especially in the intimate areas or genital areas of the body. Those particularly likely to have darker genital areas include any ethnic skin that contains a bit of color, compared to pigment free fair complexioned causation. Examples include Asian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and African skin. Due to the incredible surge in the number of people trying to achieve lighter color in intimate areas of the body, many products have arrived in the market place “claiming” to be effective skin bleachers or skin lighteners. But how can one tell which ones will safely and effectively lighten intimate areas? According to some one ingredient that could be potentially harmful is hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a chemical that has been extremely effective in lightening darker colored skin. Hydroquinone has a bit of a taboo about it however. It has been shown to cause cancer in rats that were given huge amounts of it to consume orally over an extended amount of time. But most U.S. experts including the American Academy of Dermatology — stand firmly behind the drug. "Hydroquinone has been used over the last 40 years, and there has not been a single documented case of either skin cancer or internal cancer associated with it," says Dr. Friedman. Hydroquinone as an effective skin bleacher comes in various strengths. Hydroquinone comes in varying strengths from 1-2% that can be sold over the counter, to prescription strengths that are upwards of 4-6%. The higher the concentration the more effective it can be, but also the potentially more irritating it can be to the skin. In concentrations of 2% that are buffered with other natural ingredients, it can likely be tolerated even in sensitive skin areas, including the intimate and genital zones. But there will always be a risk of irritation for some. And here is the catch: any amount of irritation to the skin can lead to further darkening of the skin, worsening the situation. The good news is that there are other options. There is several skin lightening products on the market that lighten skin without hydroquinone. While it may take a little more time to achieve effective skin lightening with natural ingredients, it certainly can be accomplished without the risk of irritation. But not all hydroquinone free products are safe for intimate or genital areas, because even some of the natural ingredients like Vit C. (ascorbic acid), kojic acid, and retinol can be irritating to the skin. Intilight – Intimate skin lightening cream is a product that was designed specifically for the sensitive skin areas of the genital skin zones which was developed by a dermatologist. Intilight is hydroquinone free and formulated with all natural ingredients, including alpha arbutin, bio white and giga white. Users of Intilight have been able to bleach or lighten their skin successfully in as little as 21 days, but it may take significantly longer for those with deep dark color.