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There are many depigmenting products to lighten the skin and obtain a "mixed skin" or "Caucasian" complexion from black skin. 

The best known are cosmetic creams based on depigmenting agents such as hydroquinone, corticoids, fruit acids, etc. Today, new products claim to be "faster" or "more effective".  This refers to tablets or glutathione injections for example. 

Making the choice to stop bleaching your skin for good is not as simple as it seems. It is therefore important to raise awareness about the techniques for weaning oneself off these lightening products. Indeed, many people think that it is impossible to hope to regain one's natural complexion once one starts lightening the skin. 

In this article, we will show you that with time and the right support, you can regain your natural and unified complexion. 


It is a difficult decision to say no to skin lightening products for good. You must first understand that they are considered a psychological and physical drug for your body. 

It is therefore possible that their daily application has become part of your routine, like a real addiction. So, just like with tobacco or alcohol, we will talk about withdrawal and detoxification of the skin but also of your body.  

There are two ways to stop using lightening products. We will explain the differences in detail.  


It is recommended to apply this method, especially with corticoid-based products. Indeed, they have the property to penetrate the skin to the bloodstream and create real complications for your overall health. 

At high concentrations and over a prolonged period of time, the body gets used to this dosage and becomes totally dependent on it. Thus, stopping corticosteroids abruptly can lead to fatigue, mood disorders, muscle pain, etc. 

Ideally, it is therefore advisable to set up a withdrawal rhythm personalized to each person. This will consist of decreasing the concentration of corticosteroids in a defined period of time depending on the duration and the dose used on the day of stopping. 


In reality, the majority of people make the decision to stop lightening products abruptly. This can be explained by the awareness, upstream, of the harmful effects of depigmenting products and active ingredients on health. It then becomes impossible for them to continue using these products. 

Photo BEFORE /APRES stop the depigmentation of our OYA Tatiana.

testimony stop depigmentation before after

She used lightening products for 2 years until she got a "Caucasian" complexion. It took her 4 years to regain her natural and blemish-free complexion 


The post-depigmentation transition period is not very well defined. It is the time during which the skin regenerates and repairs itself in order to regain its natural complexion. It is also a time to deal with the various skin problems caused by these depigmenting active ingredients, which are harmful to the skin. 


The decision to permanently stop lightening the skin is a psychological battle marked by numerous relapses before the decision is made. Indeed, accepting that the process to succeed in finding one's natural complexion is long and restrictive. All the more so when you have to "accept" various daily remarks on the subject: "What's going on?"; "Why did you turn black?" or "You were better before! 

It is therefore important to be patient and to have a supportive personal environment. Don't be alone during this time. Confide your fears and anxieties to someone who understands you and loves you for who you are inside. She will accept you no matter what color your skin is. 

Realize that you are not alone in this struggle. We know that voluntary depigmentation is a taboo subject, but today people like Marie are ready to share their testimonies with you to make you realize that it is possible to find your natural and unified complexion! 


The transition period that follows the cessation of lightening products varies according to each person, depending on the duration and the depigmentation methods used. It generally lasts between 6 months and 1 year, but can last up to 3 years for the most serious cases. 

During this phase, your skin will change. It is therefore necessary to have a follow-up with a dermatologist specializing in pigmented skin in order to serenely apprehend these changes. He or she will help you regain your natural complexion and will assist you with skin treatments if needed (antifungal, antibacterial, anti-spot, anti-imperfections, etc.). 

However, it is important to be aware that depigmenting agents are very toxic for the skin. Consequently, some skin problems caused by the application of these lightening products are permanent and incurable. Stretch marks are an unfortunately recurrent problem.  

Select a new brand that respects you! 

Did you know that in France, the marketing of lightening products is very closely monitored? The sale of depigmenting products containing prohibited active ingredients such as hydroquinone, for example, can be punished by a fine and/or a period of imprisonment by the DGCCRF. 

Knowing the risks, lightening product merchants like to play on expressions such as "restore radiance" to sow doubt among regulatory authorities and customers. Moreover, from our studies in collaboration with the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique), we know that the lists of ingredients described on the packaging of these products are often misleading. Between unmentioned active ingredients or incorrect concentrations, it is very difficult to know who to trust! 

stop lighgteners with medical advices

Today, the market is evolving and diversifying with brands that choose to respect and enhance natural black, matte and mixed-race beauty. 

For more than 10 years, IN'OYA Laboratory has been developing specific dermocosmetics for black and dark skin. Our expertise targets the skin problems of hyperpigmentation spots and imperfections (acne spots). Our skin care products contain patented active ingredient technologies to guarantee their effectiveness. Clinically tested, they are harmless (action without side effects). 

In addition, we have a customer service that is 100% close to you.  Without judgment, we take the time to listen to you and to advise you on a personalized care protocol according to your skin type and your problems (spots, dark circles, pimples, etc.). It is also important for us to accompany you throughout your treatment until you achieve a natural, even complexion. 


ritual after depigmentation to repare the skin

  • Cleanse, soothe and repair weakened skin

After stopping using lightening products, the skin is thinner and more fragile. The first step during the transition period is to give your skin time to regenerate and rebuild its natural protective barriers. 

Start by selecting gentle cleansers that respect your skin's sensitivity so as not to further damage it. Then opt for day care products with a moisturizing, nourishing and ideally unifying action. This will put an end to the dehydration and dryness of your skin, which will soothe it. In the evening, opt for a repairing and regenerating care to boost its cellular renewal and relaunch its physiological activities. It will then be detoxified. 

  •    Protecting your sensitized skin 

The sun is naturally harmful to black skin. Its rays penetrate the skin and accentuate dryness and skin aging. They are also the source of hyperpigmentation spots and other more serious problems such as skin cancer. 

Depigmented skin is more sensitive to these harmful effects, which is why it is important to apply sun protection regularly during the day to protect yourself. For this to be effective, it must protect against UVA and UVB rays with a protection factor of 50. In addition, you should ideally choose a sun protection fluid for black skin to avoid getting a grayish complexion after its application. 

  •  Treating problems (brown spots, dark circles and pimples)

The post-depigmentation transition period is usually accompanied by an anti-spot treatment. The goal is to unify the skin and then regain a natural, radiant complexion. 

To do this, it is necessary to use specific anti-spot treatments for black skin that have a targeted action on brown spots without danger (to be defined according to the area to be treated: eye contour, face or body). 

In the case where hyperpigmentation spots are accompanied by pimples, it is possible to complete the anti-spot treatment with an anti-imperfection treatment. This treatment will effectively treat the pimple at the source in order to limit the appearance of brown scarring. 

In addition, for any anti-spot and/or anti-blemish treatment, the application of an exfoliating cleanser two to three times a week is a fundamental step in boosting the effectiveness of the treatment.

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