Natural Skin Whitening Compounds: Types, Source and Mechanism of Action: A Review


  • Chiagoziem Wisdom Chidiebere Surface Chemistry and Environmental Technology(SCENT) Research Unit , Department of Chemistry, Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State , Nigeria
  • Ugochukwu Aniefuna Azuka Anthonia Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria


Skin whitening, Bleaching, Melanin, Melanogenesis


Skin whitening, also known as skin lightening or skin bleaching, is utilizing chemical compounds to lighten or even out the skin’s colour by lowering the skin’s melanin concentration. The biosynthetic process of melanogenesis and the related main regulatory signaling pathways are summarized in this paper. It also addresses the efficacy of natural skin-whitening treatments based on their mode of action on melanogenesis and their compound classification. The review’s goal is to provide useful information and create awareness on the effects of bleaching cream.


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How to Cite

Chidiebere, C. W., & Anthonia, U. A. A. (2023). Natural Skin Whitening Compounds: Types, Source and Mechanism of Action: A Review. African Scientific Reports, 2(1), 95.



Review Article