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8 Natural Ingredients To Lighten Skin and Remove Dark Spots

Updated on May 26, 2016

It’s hard to over-estimate the importance of taking care of your skin. It’s the body's largest organ and is the first line of defence against infection and disease. So, if you notice splotches, dark spots, or any skin pigmentation issues, you definitely want to do what you can to prevent further damage. The good news, though, is that you can fix a lot of pigmentation problems yourself. This article will go over eight home remedies you can use to lighten your skin and eliminate any unsightly blemishes or dark spots.

The Dangers of Skin-Whitening Treatments

Typically, hydroquinone and mercury have been the main ingredients used in skin-bleaching products. They work by inhibiting the production of melanin, the chemical that turns skin darker in the short term. However, recent research shows that in the long term these ingredients can be toxic. In fact, these ingredients can darken skin and cause premature aging if used for extended periods of time. Fortunately science has discovered a number of natural whitening ingredients that work just as well as the synthetic ones, without the harmful side effects. These natural ingredients work by:

  1. absorbing harmful UV rays from the sun
  2. inhibiting the production of melanin in the skin which causes the dark pigmentation

8 Natural Skin-Whitening Ingredients

#1 - Citrus Extracts

Citrus Whitening
Citrus Whitening

Lemon juice and orange peels are natural skin bleaching agents. They contain lots of vitamin C, which plays an important role in producing the collagen fibres that help support your skin and keep it firm. When applied topically, Vitamin C has been shown to slow down hyperactive melanocytes. These are the cells that produce melanin in the basal layers of the skin which causes the skin to "tan" or become darker.

#2 - Kojic Acid

A white crystalline powder derived from a fungus in Asia, kojic acid has long been used in Japan as a natural alternative to hydroquinine and is very effective at reducing skin discoloration. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, kojic acid has been clinically shown to reduce hyper-pigmentation. It works by inhibiting the function of tyrosinase, the protein responsible for producing melanin. It also acts as an antioxidant and is suitable for sun damaged or sensitive skin.

#3 - Licorice Extract

Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice Plant)
Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice Plant)

The juice derived from the roots of the licorice plant has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for all kinds of skin ailments. In the early 1990s, Japanese scientists identified the compound glabridin in liquorice, which absorbs UVA and UVB rays and acts as a powerful and effective skin-whitening element.

A clinical study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has shown that glabridin can inhibit the melanin-producing enzyme tyrosinase by as much as 50% – and without damaging skin cells! Licorice extract is effective in treating post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (including dark spots), can also be used to reverse the damage caused by acne scars, and contains anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the skin and reduce redness.

#4 - Bearberry Extract

Bearberry extract comes from the leaves of the plant, not the fruit!
Bearberry extract comes from the leaves of the plant, not the fruit!

This ingredient comes from the leaves of the plant rather than the fruit. Bearberry or beargrape is used as an astringent in many cosmetics and contains Alpha arbutin, which is known to lighten the skin fast.

Arbutin has been proven to effectively lighten freckles, dark spots, and other skin discolourations. A study conducted by the pharmaceutical company Pentapharm found that a 1% Alpha arbutin concentration, revealed arbutin to have a "skin lightening effect” even greater than the same concentrate of hydroquinone.

Bearberry extract is also useful because it contains sun protection filters that may help to reduce the amount of “tanning” experienced after sun exposure, thereby slowing or reversing signs of aging on the skin.

#5 - Phyllanthus Emblica (Indian Gooseberry)

Indian Gooseberry - Emblica extract
Indian Gooseberry - Emblica extract

The extract from this plant contains antioxidants, has anti-microbial properties, and is rich with Vitamin C. Emblica extract protects the skin from sun damage and helps reduce hyperpigmentation.

A study on people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds conducted by Dr. Zoe Draelos, a clinical and research dermatologist, found that emblica contained powerful skin-lightening properties that were equivalent to, or better than, those achieved by conventional skin-lighteners like hydroquinine.

Emblica has been shown to protect the skin against oxidative stress, reduce wrinkles, regulate melanin production, and help the skin retain its natural moisture.

#6 - Gigawhite®

Gigawhite is formulated from 7 Alpine plants
Gigawhite is formulated from 7 Alpine plants

Gigawhite is a patented skin brightener that is effective in treating dark spots and melasma. It is derived from seven organically grown Swiss alpine plants, which include the peppermint plant, the common mallow and primula (cowslip).

Over one hundred Alpine plants were originally selected for their ability to inhibit tyrosinase (the enzyme responsible for melanin production). From those, the seven plants that exhibited the highest tyrosinase-inhibiting activity were used to create a natural skin-whitening agent, which is now widely used as an alternative to hydroquinine.

In clinical studies from pharmaceutical companies, Gigawhite was shown to markedly reduce the appearance of dark spots in Asian subjects aged 22-55. Over a 12-week period, the subjects tested showed a decrease of 24% in skin discoloration and an increase of 15.3% in skin lightening, with minimal to no skin irritation.

#7 - White Mulberry Extract

White Mulberry for skin whitening
White Mulberry for skin whitening

The white mulberry tree (Morus alba) is native to China and has been found to have many health benefits. In addition to preventing heart disease, cholesterol and diabetes, it can also help to whiten the skin.

White mulberry extract is a natural inhibitor of the enzyme tyrosinase. This enzyme triggers the production of melanin (brown pigment) in the skin.

According to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, clinical trials have established that white mulberry and paper mulberry are both effective skin-whitening agents and are suitable for dermatological use. The study found that a 0.4% concentration of mulberry extract reduced tyrosinase activity by 50%.

#8 - Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)

Vitamin B3, or Niacinamide, has been shown to reduce the production of melanin (pigment) and acts as an effective skin-lightening agent when added to skin creams. When applied topically, vitamin B helps the skin to retain moisture, making it feel softer and smoother and reducing fine lines.

If you are looking to purchase a whitening cream to lighten your skin colour or reduce the appearance of dark pigmentation, check first to see if it contains some of the ingredients listed here.

One product I can recommend is Meladerm by Civant Skincare. It contains a large number of natural whiteners and my daughter used this to successfully treat areas of hyperpigmentation that were bothering her.

Be aware that products for skin lightening can be labelled as either "brighteners" or "whiteners." Generally skin “brightening” products are designed to exfoliate your skin and may contain AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) that will help to remove dead skin cells and some of the excess pigmentation that has accumulated. Your skin will appear fresh and “brighter” but the ingredients may not actually whiten the skin.

Whitening ingredients are sometimes added to these skin brighteners, but not always.
Most products sold online will allow you to see a full list of the ingredients so have a quick look before you buy.The choice of ingredients will, of course, depend on the results you are hoping to achieve.

If you have any questions about how to use these ingredients or other suggestions for how to whiten your skin please put them in the comments below!

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      Muebles de jardin 2 years ago from madrid

      hello, are they effective for all types of skin?

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Yes. These ingredients work by inhibiting the formation of melanin, the dark pigment in your skin. They work on all skin types, regardless of skin colour. The amount of melanin produced will depend on your skin type and ethnicity. People of Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean heritage with very dark skin tones may take longer to see results

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      Kalai 2 years ago from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

      I really feel that we should learn to stress a little less oh having white skin. beauty is not governed by the colour of the skin but beyond that.

      So sad that so many are unhappy with God's gift to them,

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      I don´t use any whitening product because I love my tanned dark skin but I´ll pass this on to my friends who like to have white skin. Thanks for sharing this very interesting hub.

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      Deborah Sexton 2 years ago

      A lot of useful information. Where can we buy these products ?

      Do they come in a prepared solution or are we to use them in natural form ?

      For Thelma, with time we all might get dark spots, so this can be used to improve your skin too. It's really to lighten dark spots not to turn you white

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Yes, that's right Deborah. Most woman who buy whitening creams are looking to improve uneven skin tones caused by hyperpigmentation, dark spots or melasma.

      It is possible to buy some these extracts individually from online herbal stores or you can purchase a skin lightening cream that contains a mix of these. Just check the ingredients first. Good whitening creams will usually contain a blend of these natural ingredients.

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      Glenrose Cesista 2 years ago from Cebu City

      I already used the a soap with kojic acid, however it makes my skin dry. Although, it really makes my skin lighter. I just knew that giga white or the mulberry extract can whiten, thanks for sharing this. :)

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Yes Kojic acid and citrus extracts like lemon juice can make your skin dry. Many whitening creams will include anti-inflammatory and moisturising ingredients to try to combat this problem and prevent skin irritation.

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      seeruttun ranjen 2 years ago

      How to make the mask of orange

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Orange peels can be dried in the sun and then ground up with a food processor. Add the dried peel to a little milk to make a paste which you can apply to your face and then rinse off after 15-20 minutes.

      Another simple whitening face mask can be made from the juice of an orange mixed with a plain yoghurt. You can try applying this mask everyday for a month.

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      Melissa Knight 2 years ago from Murfreesboro, TN

      THANK YOU!!!! The idea of using the more dangerous and temporary products scared me, but now I know there is an alternative! Great article!!!

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      khan 2 years ago

      its very nice

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      Theresa Jonathan 2 years ago from Maseru, Lesotho

      Thank you! Many people are suffering from various skin problems as a result of using wrong products. Going natural is not only healthy, it is affordable!

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      cemmy 2 years ago

      can you recommend a product that contain all or most of those?

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Whitening creams that contain some of these natural ingredients include Meladerm, Revitol and Illuminatural 6i

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      Margaux Diaz 2 years ago

      It's a very nice article. Lemons and orange peels can make your skin clean. Natural ingredients are the safest to use. http://tinyurl.com/m8l4gdm

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      I know of lemon, other citrus extracts, and kojic acid but I did not know of the other natural lightening extracts. I knew that artificial lightening/brightening ingredients can be toxic and damage the skin over time. Interesting read, voted UP!

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      Mj Hussein 2 years ago from Ile-Ife

      I don't know if it only one of the ingredient that must be use or are we mixing all the 8 ingredients. And how do we make and use the orange extract?

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      These is a list of natural ingredients that will lighten skin. You can search online for recipes that include one or two of these. For example orange peels can be dried and ground into a face mask with a little milk. Alternatively you can look for a skin whitening cream that contains a mixture of natural ingredients like mulberry extract, citrus extracts, Gigawhite, kojic acid etc. This is often easier than purchasing these ingredients individually.

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      msdielise 2 years ago

      I quit using whitening products since non of them are effective. Although the right term to use is "clear" not "whiten". If you want to have a whiter skin you need to change the melanin amount in your body since the melanin is responsible for our skin color. However, the said ingredients that makes the skin lighter does not really make it whiter. It just clears the skin's impurity like dead skin cells and stubborn dirt. Have a nice day.

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      Theresa Jonathan 2 years ago from Maseru, Lesotho

      I would like to know more about the "melanim " if you could please. You see, I really have interest on the natural way of enhancing the given features. I do know that we ladies really care about even skin tone without a make-up. Good skin boost your confidence and I know that many would appreciate your contribusion in this regard.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Melanin is a natural pigment in the skin. After exposure to the sun the melanin causes the skin to visibly tan. It offers the skin protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. Hyperpigmentation is an over production of melanin in the skin. It is not harmful but it can cause uneven skin tones and unwanted dark patches. In order to lighten the skin we need to use ingredients that are shown to inhibit the production of melanin.

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      Theresa Jonathan 2 years ago from Maseru, Lesotho

      Thank you. this is really helpful!

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      SREELAYAN.V 2 years ago

      Thanks for the valuable,simple and comprehensive information about skin whitening .It is more useful!!

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      disgusted.. 2 years ago

      Its sickening that promotion of self hate like this is allowed. Encouraging people to change their skin colour.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      This information is for people who are interested in treating problems with skin discolouration. My daughter suffered from hyperpigmentation which was a problem for her. She was happy to be able to alleviate the problem using natural products. I don't believe this is about promoting self hate.

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      emosi 2 years ago

      Brilliant information!. I am fair skin but recently I got a harmful sunburn around my neck, arms and I've bought product which don't work so I jst decide to quit. Now, I cn no longer wear what I luv to other than high neck and long sleeve tops. Pls what natural ingredient can I use to cure it?. Thks

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Once your sunburn has healed you can try exfoliating your skin to get rid of the dead skin and promote the growth of new healthy skin. You could use a lotion containing glycolic acid. This can often help to even out the skin tone. You can try using a soap that contains Kojic Acid or apply lemon juice to the affected area. Lemon juice can be also mixed with other natural ingredients like yoghurt. It is not a quick fix but if you do this regularly for several minutes each day it can help reduce the appearance of dark pigmentation. If you use these ingredients it is advised to moisturise the skin afterwards to prevent dryness.

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      Theresa Jonathan 2 years ago from Maseru, Lesotho

      Thanks for the information! Most ladies cover pigmentation with makeup and that do not help because they do not feel okay without it.

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      maryan 2 years ago

      Pls could u list products that contain dis natural ingredients... I have a stubborn skin because have purchase so many bleaching cream and soap but none work for me.. and so can u tell any soap to use

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      maryan 2 years ago

      Pls could u list products that contain dis natural ingredients... I have a stubborn skin because have purchase so many bleaching cream and soap but none work for me.. and so can u tell any soap to use

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      Ricky 2 years ago

      I heard about arbuturin, kojic acid etc..works good in lightening the skin. However, does it have any kind of side effects.? Can it be used over long period, more than few years?

      Arbuturin, in fact creates hydorquinon when it is broken down in the skin. Does that cause any problem over the long term use?

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Some products that have natural ingredients are Meladerm, Senvie, Illuminatural and Revitol. You can search for reviews of these on the internet.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Ricky

      Kojic acid is a natural lightener but it can cause irritation in people with sensitive skin.

      Arbutin is a simple chemical found in bearberry leaves. It is made of a glucose (sugar) molecule attached to a hydroquinone molecule.

      While both hydroquinone and arbutin have skin lightening properties, the glucose molecule does makes a difference! Arbutin does not have the side effects that hydroquinone seems to have.

      Studies have shown that arbutin significantly inhibits the production of melanin in the skin with low cytotoxicity (meaning it is relatively non-toxic to cells). Arbutin also has anti-cancer activity on melanoma cells, apparently by regulating expression of the p53 tumor suppressor and cell apoptosis.

      I cannot find any documented evidence that shows long term negative side effects of using arbutin on the skin, but you should always consult your doctor if you have concerns about using new products.

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      kinza 2 years ago

      i does not like it.

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      Cindy 2 years ago

      Lol people are funny this isn't to lighten your skin because you with the skin color you are, it's to lighten darker places like armpits, elbows, acne dark scars not to lighten your complete skin tone

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      JanePo 2 years ago

      Hey, I had the same issue. I tried different products both store bought and home made. The truth is there isn’t a one size fits all solution as our bodies react differently to things. I ended up finding what worked for me. I was a little self-conscious about getting my skin whitened. I usually don’t comment, but I’d be glad to help in anyway. Shoot me an email at janepo82 [at]gmail .com and I’ll show you some before and after pics. I wish someone would help me so I figured I’d pay it forward. Great hub by the way and definitely actionable tips!

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      Theresa Jonathan 2 years ago from Maseru, Lesotho

      It is true, no product could produce the same results on different people for the simple reason that we have different blood types. We even respond differently on food supplements. It would help if doctors could elaborate on this subject.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Yes that is true as we all have different skin types. It's a matter of finding the right product for you. I prefer using products with natural ingredients to reduce the possibility of adverse side effects.

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      Theresa Jonathan 2 years ago from Maseru, Lesotho

      Thanks Angie. We are hopeful that specialist have updated their content and will help on skin types and blood types.

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      Margherita Rauto 2 years ago

      Hello to everyone, I suggest You to try some products that contain glutation, lycopen,alpha arbutin, collagen and shea butter.

      My boyfriend is using it to remove black spots due to his skin allergy.

      In just two week we saw some improvement.

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      ramadevi 2 years ago

      is this bleaching permanent or regularly we have to apply.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      If you are treating hyperpigmentation found in the upper layer of the skin (the epidermis), the results of skin beaching products are usually permanent.

      Some people with deep rooted hyperpigmentation might have to re-apply small amounts from time to time to maintain this.

      It is also recommended that you limit the amount of time spent in the sun and always wear a SPF 30+ sunscreen.

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      Theresa Jonathan 2 years ago from Maseru, Lesotho

      This Hub has revealed a lot more than i thought; it seems we really must learn in order to avoid preventable skin damage conditions

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Theresa!

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      S. Hoffman 2 years ago

      These treatments may make the skin more susceptible to sun damage. Citrus extracts will for sure, but they do work. I am fair and I freckle instead of tan. I use a bit of tangerine essential oil in my facial regimen. It has minimized the freckles really well, but I must wear good sunblock when I go outside or I get badly burned.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Yes that's right. It is recommended to use a broad spectrum, high SPF sunscreen that blocks UVA -UVB rays when using skin lightening products.

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      Nutankumarisinha 2 years ago

      Yes, all ingredients are effective but using any of them without use of sunscreen is a waste of time. Slathering sunscreen is highly recommended.

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      ubrish ali 2 years ago from Pakistan(Asia)

      Lemon is the best all of them ,I personally tried it.

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      Terrie Dawson 2 years ago from United States

      Berries are most powerful fruit to treat all skin related problem. I'm totally agreed with all these ingredient extract.

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      Ale G 2 years ago from Houston

      thanks! very useful!

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      Ana Mihaescu 2 years ago from Barcelona, Spain

      I can recommend Retin A. It´s a cream you can buy from your drugstore. Very cheap. Exfoliates a lot so it´s not good if you get exposed to sunlight while you use it.

      http://bit.ly/1EaVsMK

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      cholie 2 years ago

      I have a problem with uneven skin tone i want to have a fair skin f possible

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      harshi 2 years ago

      I am harshi plzz tell me how i whiten my dark neck in 3 days plzzzz

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      For uneven skin tones look for products that contain vitamin c and kojic acid. if using kojic acid look for a product that also contains botanicals like liquorice extract that help soothe the skin.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Harshi

      I don't know if 3 days will be enough time to completely get rid of a dark neck but you could try applying lemon juice to your neck daily using a cotton ball. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing off• You can also add turmeric powder to lemon juice to give your skin a natural glow.

      Another method is to use milk to cleanse and tone the skin on the neck before exfoliating with a natural scrub that contains lemon juice too.

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      hina 2 years ago

      I m using kojic acid soap can I use home made remadies

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Yes you can use home made recipes as well. If you search online there are many recipes using these natural ingredients that will help nourish your skin as kojic soap can be drying for the skin in some people.

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      Hamza Arshad 2 years ago from Pakistan

      I'm gonna try these for my skin, very useful information appreciated !!

      here is my article http://goo.gl/ZEmGPZ how to get clear skin, hope you will like it thanks

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      Michelle Gore 2 years ago

      My face has not felt any softer after I used DermalMD Skin Lighting Serum i am giving you my 100percent honest opinion and if you need something for your skin to feel so soft and to help with the crows feet and wrinkles

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      sarrah 2 years ago

      Very informative....It's really better to use natural ingredients on your skin to avoid any adverse effects. Take a look at this page to help you more find natural ingredients that best suited on your skin type.

      http://www.royalista.net/product/l-gluta-power-whi...

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      Bhagyalaxmi 2 years ago

      Hi Cholie...

      I using Lumix, it's good in making the skin bright. After using it for about a week, my skin having a good look and a clear skin.

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      daisy 2 years ago

      I REALLY LIKE THIS. I HAVE TO WHITEN MY SKIN AND BY USING THIS I REALLY SEE THE CHANGES. MY SKIN REALLY GLOWS IN ONE WEEK. THANKS FOR ALL THESE TIPS.

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      peace 2 years ago

      Pls I used to be light skinned before marriage, but since I started having kids my skin has not been the same. Especially in between my thighs. Pls what is the best natural recipe for me. I really need a natural lightening and skin glowing recipe.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi. If you search on the internet there is a few recipes for inner thighs. You can try exfoliating the area with a good scrub first then applying potato juice from a cut potato. After rinsing off the potato use lemon juice on the affected area. Apply and leave 15 mins before rinsing.

      You need to be persistent. Whatever natural lightening recipe you choose, you should use the same routine every day.

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      wunmi 23 months ago

      I have a fair brown skinned body but my face won't just blend in and now I moved to the northern part of nigeria ...which is quite sunny and my face is even more black...please I need a quick face brightening solution and also something I can use continuously and still look fresh and bright

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      Angie Woods 23 months ago from Australia

      To lighten your skin you need to avoid sun exposure where possible. I would try a face whitening mask that uses ingredients like lemon juice, milk and yoghurt. If you want to try a skin whitening cream for dark skin i would recommend an all natural product like Meladerm, see www.themeladermreview.org for more information

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      Exol 23 months ago

      this is quite impressive, sincerely love it. but pls is there any recommended natural soap to compliment the cream. thank u

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      Angie Woods 23 months ago from Australia

      If you want a skin whitening soap you could try kojic acid soap. If you have sensitive skin then goats milk soap might be suitable.

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      Natalie Maria 22 months ago

      Try to use DermalMD Serum for Make Skin Lighter it's very effective. It is on the strong side, so be cautious on lighter more tender skin. However, I think it is very good and use it every other day. The darker sun spots on my cheek are lightening very quickly and I am very happy with this product.

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      Prince 22 months ago

      please I need a formula on how to make a fast whitening body lotion that will not be harmful to the skin.

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      Angie Woods 22 months ago from Australia

      Hi. There are many all natural recipes for whitening creams that you can make on Hub pages or elsewhere on the net. You can see my hub about gram flour mask recipes that you can try.

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      Ary Rosh 21 months ago

      Hello From France

      Angie your advice seem to fit perfect what I'm looking for

      I'm a black lady living in Paris

      I'm have a nice honey brown skin

      I want to whiten it but wit exclusevely natural product

      because I don't want to damage my skin in a long run

      My feet and my elbow are a little bit darker

      my upper face also and my knees

      Please what can I use...

      I'm trying the recipe you give for the face

      and I see yougourt-honey-citrus-potatoe

      really soften the skin,

      which cream to use after?

      many thanks

      and sorry for my poor English

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      Angie Woods 21 months ago from Australia

      Hi Ary. To soften your skin you could try honey. Just wash your face first and then apply honey. Rinse off after 10 minutes.

      Also you could try making a mask with mashed banana and milk. Milk contains lactic acid which exfoliates and lightens the skin also.

      If you are looking for an all natural skin lightening cream I would recommend Meladerm. You can see a review at http://themeladermreview.org

      Hope that answers your question.

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      Ary Rosh 21 months ago

      Angie many thanks for you reply

      do you have feedback from people who have use Meladerm

      I mean black skin...

      As you said it Prince, I prefer natural home made whitening body cream

      can you just add the link here in your answer...

      Merci beaucoup

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      Angie Woods 21 months ago from Australia

      Hi. .There are comments from users at www.civantskincare.com. Also you could try this recipe from natural ingredients which is suitable as a skin whitening body cream.

      In a bowl mix a teaspoon of tumeric and two teaspoons of gram flour (besan). Add 10 to 15 drops of lemon juice. Add heavy cream or natural yoghurt, one tablespoon at a time, to make a thick cream. This can be applied to the whole body.

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      Stering from Nigeria 20 months ago

      Am fair but i want my skin to be brighter pls recommend a cream and soap, my legs n hand are dry

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      Angie Woods 20 months ago from Australia

      Hi. I would recommend Meladerm as a skin brightener and moisturiser. It can be used on the body as well. If your legs are really dry you might try using products with oils in them.

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      Germayne Palipti 16 months ago

      I’ve been using Dermalmd Lightening Serum for about 3 weeks now and my skin has completely transformed. Its so much lighter and brighter then I could have imagined. I would definitley recommend it.

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      Nkem 13 months ago

      I use lightening soap which contains kojic,lemon juice,turmeric,sheabutter,but does it only work when you rub on skin for few mins before bathing?,will it be perfect if i add licorice?then again I get darker when i go out in the sun,my job requires I go out everyday and mostly at noon.so do I need to add spf in my soap?

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      chaitra 13 months ago

      Can you suggest a cream which contains all the above . Names of some creams which contains all the above which Wil be available in india

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      Angie Woods 13 months ago from Australia

      Hi Kkem. Use should your kojic soap for about 20 seconds. If you leave it on too long it might irritate your skin. Licorice extract can be used alone on the skin. Apply with a cotton bud and leave overnight.

      You should apply a high spf factor sunscreen when you go outdoors. You can buy sunscreens with SPF 100.

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      Angie Woods 13 months ago from Australia

      Hi Chaitra. I would suggest Meladerm cream which you can buy online. Sorry. I'm not sure what creams are available in India. Maybe another reader can help with this question?

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      Rey 12 months ago

      My bottom lips turned black and i'm really lost so can you please tell me what should i use to make them pink like they were?

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      Rey 12 months ago

      Btw i have " normal " skin color

      Its kind of caramel but more white lol

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      lauratr45 12 months ago

      DermalMD Lightening Serum is the product I have found to lighten my melasma. It's been almost 6 months but I specifically used it on one area and not another....glad I did so I could see the difference but wish I had trusted it. I've spent lots of money trying different things and nothing worked except this.

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      Angie Woods 12 months ago from Australia

      Hi Rey. I haven't come across this issue but I have read that honey or lemon can be applied to the lip overnight. A paste made with berries like raspberry or strawberry can also help. If you search this issue on Google you can find other natural ingredients that will lighten lips.

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      Lucky 12 months ago

      How much time it takes for a glowing skin?(exact time period)

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      Sakshi Sharma 12 months ago

      Hii friends,I have dark spot,oily skin.due to oily skin i have very blackheads and open poures.I am very worried about my skin,Then my friend use ayurvedic

      RoopManta Fairness Aushadhi.After a week of using it my skin started shining from insidewhen. I use this cream,it gave me Excellent Result.it leaves no greasy

      film on the skin, has good absorbency.It is important for me that it does not cause allergies on the skin.And it also prepares the skin for makeup very well. use

      RoopMantra facewash twice a day and then after use cream and see Result.I am very happy with the purchase!I recommed this cream to all.Both men & women use this

      cream.Use this RoopMantra and see results.

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      Angie Woods 12 months ago from Australia

      You should see results in the first two weeks of using a skin lightening product/ or mask. It can take 10-12 weeks to achieve the desired result, depending on how dark your skin is to start with and what result you are hoping to achieve.

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      S.Elil 12 months ago

      Hello

      Morning

      First of all Thank you so much your valuable information

      Trtinion-A usp 0.025 can you use long time?

      Any side effects?

      Can you use Meladerm in long time any side effects?

      Thanking

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      Olamide 12 months ago

      I have found all of these really helpful and as well informative.Great job! I have a 3 year old daughter.She has a very fair glowing skin colour but on exposure to the sun she appears a little dark.Is there anything to be recommended to keep her colour and the glow?

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      Angie Woods 11 months ago from Australia

      Hi Olamide. I wouldn't use any lightening products on children but I would use a good quality sunscreen that is suitable for children to avoid the sun damaging her skin.

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      My name is Ama 11 months ago

      I've started using besan flour and tumeric and milk face mask .After I wash can I apply a face cream?Add Your Comment...

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      Angie Woods 11 months ago from Australia

      Yes Ama, you can apply a moisturiser after using the face mask

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      Vaishnavi 11 months ago

      Hi dear....am residing in riyadh ...saudi arabia...from where can I buy meladerm here.?

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      Angie Woods 11 months ago from Australia

      Hi. Meladerm can only be purchased online at civant skin care.

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      Jennifer 11 months ago

      hOw do I mix the product t

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      Angie Woods 11 months ago from Australia

      You can buy these ingredients individually to mix up your own skin whitening cream but it is easier to look for skin whitening recipes online that use natural ingredients.

      Alternatively look for skin whiteners that contain these ingredients like Kojic Acid soap or Meladerm Cream.

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      susan max 11 months ago

      hi have a dark skin but my breast are brown, want to have a chocolate skin, what can iapply and am in kenya.

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      Angie Woods 11 months ago from Australia

      Hi. I would recommend Meladerm Skin lightening cream which is available online. If you can't get this, then try looking for skin lightening recipes online that use natural ingredients. Recipes that include tumeric, gram flour or orange/ lemon peel would be suitable.

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      Phoebe 10 months ago

      Where can one get to buy meladerm cream?is it available in Lagos,Nigeria

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      Nneka 10 months ago

      Pls I want to very light and have a flawless skin. Which of the whitening agents can I mix in my cream ?

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      Dra Pham 10 months ago

      Thanks for your useful information. I often pay attention to the topic related to the home remedies for beautiful skin. It is good if you can have intake of necessary nutrients for the skin. However, in order to get better and quick result, you should try some home remedies for whitening skin.

      There are some useful information in here:

      http://allremedies.com/how-to-whiten-skin/

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      Joemel Cabangon 10 months ago

      I love the Image Dermalmd Lightening Serum. I have used it for the last 6 months. I had really dry skin and since using it, it has made my skin soft and very mositurized. I also have very dark circles and since using the serum I have noticed that my dark circles have become much lighter. I have been very pleased with this product, however progress doesn't happen overnight be patient and you will see results!

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      tania 9 months ago

      Kia dermal md serum Pakistan m available hai

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      Omotuyi Anuoluwapo 9 months ago

      Pls i need you to put me through how to deoxidize kojic acid because it oxidize and I which kind of alcohol can I use to dissolve white licorice powder and Alpha Arbutin

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      yaa 9 months ago

      hI,

      does anyone know what kamana en Filipino consit of?

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      val 8 months ago

      Am light skinned but have a lot of dark spots on my face... Scars from Injuries from playing football and sun burn on my neck face hands and legs., my thighs are really fair and it makes me shy wen I go swimming cause my skin is multi coloured.., what can I do to get my face hands and knees to be as light as my thighs are. Note, my thighs aren't tanned at all...

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      Angie Woods 8 months ago from Australia

      You would need to apply a lightening cream or mask to the areas that are not tanned. You should avoid the sun where possible and when you go out in the sun you need a high sun protection factor sunscreen or the dark areas will become darker again.

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      mimi 8 months ago

      Hi Angie

      recently a friend introduced me to alpha arbutin and it works great fro my skin, i complained to her about my baby's uneven skin due to exposure to sun. she advised i use arbutin as well but am a bit skeptic....my question is, is it safe enough for babies???

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      Angie Woods 8 months ago from Australia

      I don't think it would be suitable for baby's skin. As I'm not sure the exact product you could check with your pharmacist or doctor.

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      Rose 8 months ago

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      David Gomes 8 months ago

      Hello , my friend use Juvabrite skin brighter a well research and developed product use to lighten dark spots without using harsh ingredients.

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      Rosie 7 months ago

      Thank you for taking time to write this article - it is very insightful. I am a British Nigerian lady with medium chocolate skin complexion. I need a whitening cream for my whole body. Can you pls suggest homemade ingredients that l can put together as cream and safely leave on my skin overnight? l have little children and due to time constraint, just want something l can apply right before bedtime. Meladerm is bit pricey for me. l look forward to your advice. Thank you very much.

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      Hafa 6 months ago

      Can I use any of these extract to my lotion?to apply for my skin,..will it work?

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      Im not sure what lotion you are using? These ingredients can be found in all natural lotions like Meladerm which is available online.

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      Edrian Rouch 6 months ago

      My skin can be sensitive to whitening products, Dermalmd Serum has caused no irritation to my skin. The Brightening serum also arrived quickly and was packaged well. I really don't have to use much to cover my whole face. My face feels lighter and brighter after only a week of use. I am very happy with the results.

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      Hafa 6 months ago

      My skin is very sensitive so that I'm using mild face cream like baby cream...is it good to add these extract to baby cream?

      Will it lighten the skin?

      I'm so happy to chat with and very much thanks for replying to me

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      These ingredients are natural so they should be okay for sensitive skin. Lemon juice is good for lightning but it can dry the skin out. You could try adding these ingredients to your lotion , maybe choose one at a time to see if that works.

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      Hafa 6 months ago

      Thanks a lot ...very happy by your reply.

      Sister can you please tell me..where can I buy original licorice extract or any extract?

      Because there are fake also ,so that I want a guide from you

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      You can buy licorice extract from health food stores and also herbal stores online. I'm not sure of your country , but you can also try searching for your country online eg. "Where to buy licorice extract in .....Phillipines" ( type in your own country)

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      mary 6 months ago

      thank you very much for this detailed tips, pls what type of milk can i use for the mixture, is it evaporated milk, dry milk we use for tea, or yogurt that has been sweetened? pls advice!

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      If you can get raw milk, that works best , but you can use regular bottled milk or milk cream in whitening masks. You can dip cotton in milk and use it to clean the skin also.

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      Yummyolando 5 months ago

      Sister please can you help to get strong whitening lotion for face and body.. Have sensitive skin and have used kojic acid and lactic acid creams and it turning my face reddish dark and I'm fair in complexion

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      Angie Woods 5 months ago from Australia

      Kojic acid and lactic acid can be harsh if you have sensitive skin. You could try a product like Meladerm or similar that has all natural ingredients that are designed to nourish the skin as well.

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      Angie Woods 5 months ago from Australia

      Meladerm is only available online from Civant skin care. There are different products but the regular size bottle usually costs $49.99 US

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      Lucy 4 months ago

      Can I mix a fresh lemon juice and orange piled in my cream to get the same result?.

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      Angie Woods 4 months ago from Australia

      Yes you can add lemon juice and dried orange rind to a small amount of cream.

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      Angie Woods 3 months ago from Australia

      Hi. Lemon juice alone can be very drying on the skin. Look up recipes for skin lightening on Bellatory or see my other articles. You might want to try one that includes honey or milk to moisturise the skin. Or you can buy a skin lightener like Meladerm that has mousturisers included in the formula.

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      Daniel from Lagos,Nigeria 3 months ago

      Thanks Guys,thanks Angie wood. Nothing like concise,real life and practical knowledge.

      Got some spots from mosquito bites on my wife during the holidays. She is pretty mad at me for recommending this holiday visit. Thanks to you guys I got some natural products I can get for her.

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      Rendy 4 weeks ago

      How can I preserve the extract from the lemon juice & orange peels

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      Angie Woods 4 weeks ago from Australia

      Hi Rendy. You can freeze lemon juice in ice cube trays. There are more complex ways to preserve juice if you are interested. Just search for this online. I'm not sure about preserving orange peel but it should keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

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      Eeshh 2 weeks ago

      Pls how much of kojic acid can I combine in a homemade lotion using emulsifying wax and some essential oils.

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      Angie Woods 2 weeks ago from Australia

      Hi Eeshh. If you using powdered Kojic acid you might need to heat your lotion slightly to mix in the kojic acid. Do not overheat!

      Kojic acid should be 1-2% of the mixture only. So if your lotion is 8oz you would add 2.5 to 5g of Kojic acid. (Thats 1-2 teaspoons)

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      Angie Woods 12 days ago from Australia

      Hi Jose. It's okay to use lemon juice and orange juice.

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