Clueless About Face Bleach? Get All The Dope Here!

Written by Fatema HabibJan 10, 2019

Apart from its distinct smell, face bleach has a lot of reputation surrounding it, some good and some not so. The claimed benefits of face bleach include removal of blackheads, pigmentation and tan. Most people even resort to bleaching to save themselves the pain of threading. But, how many of these are actually true? We’ll tell you the reality behind the jar of cream that promises to lighten your complexion.

1. What is face bleach and how does it work?

Most of us consider face bleaching as a hair removal method even though it doesn’t actually get rid of any hair. Hydrogen peroxide is the bleaching agent that helps lighten your facial hair, making your face appear brighter and fairer. It’s important to note that face bleach does not lighten your skin; instead, it only works on your hair.

2. What are the benefits of face bleach?

Bleaching your facial hair will give you an instant glow. The chemicals present in the bleaching cream lighten your complexion to a light golden hue, making your face glow than before. Bleaching your face also saves you the painful process of undergoing threading. Threading, especially anywhere on the face can get extremely uncomfortable. Most people, therefore, rely on bleaching to hide any dark unwanted facial hair from showing. Bleaching facial hair is also beneficial in lightening any blemishes or pigmentation that may otherwise show prominently.

3. Is face bleaching safe?

Bleaching your face frequently is a complete no-no as it can lead to patchy skin, redness, thinning of the skin and acne breakouts. It’s ideal to bleach once a month and follow a regular skin care regimen to maintain healthy skin.

4. What should you keep in mind while face bleaching?

Firstly, since the skin on your face is sensitive, it is best to first try the product on your arm to see if there’s any reaction. Secondly, avoid scrubbing your skin rigorously after bleaching and leave out the area around your eyes and lips. Thirdly, avoid stepping out in the sun after bleaching your face as bleach tends to make your skin more susceptible to sun damage. And, in case you need to step out, then it is best to apply sunscreen and re-apply every three hours while outdoors.

5. Is face bleaching permanent?

The effect of bleaching is temporary and will last for about 20-25 days. The reason is your skin is a dynamic organ which gets affected by sun exposure, hormonal changes, smoking, pollution and even nutrition.

6. How to use facial bleach kit at home?

Using face bleach at home is not as complicated as it seems. You just have to find out the product which works for you best, do a patch test, and get started. Usually, a face bleach kit contains two products; a bleaching cream and an activated powder. It also comes with a spatula for better and easy application. Here is how you can use it at home for that perfect glow.

Step 1: Clean your face and remove any excess dirt or makeup
Step 2: Tie your hair and use a band or else it may get bleached too!
Step 3: Mix the activated powder and bleaching cream to make a uniform paste
Step 4: Do a path test of five minutes first, preferably on the leg, to rule out any allergy
Step 5: Apply evenly on the face, covering all facial hair (Caution: Do not rub or massage the bleach solution)
Step 6: Leave on for 10 minutes 
Step 7: Remove using a spatula
Step 8: Wipe face using a damp towel
Step 9: Tone and moisturise to soothe the skin, And you are done!

7. How to bleach face naturally?

Chemical face bleach is not everyone’s cup of tea. In that case, there are natural remedies and alternatives that you can try. Here are a few that you can take note of.

  • Lemon

    Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C that is known to lighten skin and act as a natural face bleach. Apply lemon juice on the face for 10 minutes and wash off.
  • Turmeric

    Turmeric paste also serves as a natural antiseptic face bleach which not only lightens but also fights impurities. It is usually turned into a paste using lemon juice and then applied.
  • Honey

    Honey is also known to have bleaching properties. It is usually applied in combination with lemon juice

These natural remedies may not give instant results like chemical face bleaches, but when used over time, they work. Additionally, they also help to give your skin a natural and healthy glow.

8. FAQ on Face Bleach

Q. How do you bleach your face with gold?

A. Gold bleaches are available in the market. Get the kit and follow the instructions.

Q. Can I use face bleach every month?

A. Using face bleach often can lead to the thinning of skin tissue. Try keeping a gap of at least six to eight weeks between your bleach sessions. Once every two months is a good frequency. 

Q. Can I apply moisturiser after face bleach?

A. Yes. In fact, it is recommended to tone your skin and apply your favourite moisturiser to soothe the skin after it has been bleached.