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Skin Brightening


Since time immemorial, women of light and fair skin have always been considered beautiful. Women around the world often go to great lengths to lighten their skin to look more attractive. In Asia, it is every woman’s dream to have light and fair skin. That is why skin lightening treatment and skin care products are so very popular in this part of the world. 4 in 10 women surveyed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea have been reported to use skin brightening products.

Skin Brightening

What is Skin Brightening? The term “Skin brightening” is used pretty loosely. Skin care companies may market the same products as “Brightening” in the West and as “ Lightening” or “Whitening” in Asia.

Actually, skin brightening is not about shade or color of skin, but about an overall glow. A brightened skin can be likened to that of a peeled, hard-boiled egg that exudes radiance and luminosity, regardless of color of skin.

How can one achieve the holy grail of even, glowing, and brightened skin?

Through a Combination Approach of:

  1. Skin Lightening
  2. Exfoliating
  3. Stimulating
  4. Moisturizing
  5. Controlling Oil Production
  6. Sun Protection

To achieve a glowing and brighten skin, one needs to go beyond just skin lightening. In addition to lightening agents, Skin Brightening usually needs exfoliating agents to help peel away the superficial dead skin cells and the darker-stained uppermost layers of the skin, revealing a lighter, healthier and smoother skin underneath. A lighter and smoother skin can reflect light better, like that of a polished marble floor, giving the skin a glow and radiance.

Stimulating the skin with Retinoids to replenish the skin with healthier and more vibrant skin cells is important, especially for the more mature skin.

A good moisturizing regimen or treatment program that nourishes and moistens one’s skin will definitely make it more hydrated and more radiant.

Another observation I have made from my years of experience is oil control. A baby’s oil free skin is glowing all the time. Patients who are on an oil control regime also have bright and healthier looking skin!

Above all, it’s essential to employ sun protective measures because sun triggers the pigment production in the first place. That’s why it’s so important to wear sunscreen to make sure your effort in Skin lightening and Skin Brightening will not be in vain!


Dr. Wong Soon Tee

Consultant Dermatologist

Dr. Wong Soon Tee

Consultant Dermatologist

Care and Professionalism Refined by
Over 30 Years of Dermatology Experience

  • MBBS, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore
  • MRCP. Member of Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom
  • FAMS, Fellow of Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
  • Visiting Consultant, University Dermatology Division, National University Hospital
  • Visiting Consultant, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Centre, National University Hospital

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    #10-22/23, 38 Irrawaddy Road ,
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