Carotone Black Spot Corrector (B.S.C) is one of the most popular skincare products in the Nigerian market today, used by thousands of women and men for different skin-enhancing purposes. While some people use this Carotone cream to clear black spots on the face, others use it for skin lightening (bleaching), while some others use it for fading of acne scars, discoloration and getting rid of pimples.
While opinions are varied on the effectiveness of Carotone Black Spot Corrector for these skin care objectives, many users swear that the cream works – and that it works really fast for that matter. The fact that Carotone Black Spot Corrector cream sells like hot cake should ordinarily be enough proof that it works. But beyond the question of whether it works or not, are you aware of this cream’s ingredients-base and its long term effects on your skin?
While it is true that black spots, pimples, acne scars and dark patched facial complexion is a big problem for many beauty-conscious ladies and gentlemen, but it is important to avoid being desperate about it, lest you seemingly solve a problem today – only to create a bigger problem for yourself tomorrow. Being penny wise and pound foolish in the quest for quick results is the biggest source of regret for many women who have permanently ruined their faces and skin by using creams with dangerous chemicals.
Simply put, you cannot afford to jeopardise your future looks merely because you want a quick fix for your skin, without asking hard questions about safety and side effects. In this no-nonsense review of Carotone Black Spot Corrector, we take a closer look at the cream – to uncover its composition, formulation, mechanism of action and implications of its prolonged use for the health and future of your precious skin.
Carotone Black Spot Corrector Cream Ingredients and Composition
Although most people – in their desperation to look lighter, clear dark spots or get rid of pimples – are less concerned about ingredients of cosmetics products as long as they think such products work, this is a terrible mistake. It is just like saying you don’t care if you eat poison as long as it satisfies your hunger this very moment, regardless of what happens afterwards. Assuming but not conceding that Carotone Black Spot Corrector (BSC) is as effective as many people believe, then we must look at the core ingredients that produce such acclaimed results.
First, before we look at the ingredients, it is important to point out that the information about the manufacturer of Carotone Black Spot Corrector (and other Carotone/ Caro White products) is sketchy or even non-existent. We have tried hard to find out the company behind this product, but no information about them is available online – no address, no contact phone number, no email, no website!
The only thing we could gather after painstaking research is that the company behind Carotone skincare products is based somewhere in Asia – likely in Thailand or Vietnam. With such a shadowy background, we should view the ingredients listed on the pack of Carotone Black Spot Corrector with a large dose of caution, since they may not be accurate or indicative of the real composition.
Having said that, the main ingredients of Carotone Black Soap Corrector cream include:
Mineral oil, kojic acid, petrolatum (paraffin), lanolin, stearic acid, cetyl-stearylic alcohol, isopropyl myristate, BHT, methly paraben, propyl paraben, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium sulfite, citric acid, allantoine, lecithin, ascorbic acid, glycerine, retinol, hydroquinone 2%, collagen, and carrot oil.
Although nothing in this list of ingredients indicates the presence of steroids, it is possible that some steroids are used in the manufacturing process and formulation to enhance the chemical action of this Carotone lotion.
How Carotone Black Spot Corrector Cream Works
The ingredients listed above contain a range of chemical with skin lightening, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. When you apply Carotone Black Spot Corrector, the formulation starts working within minutes by penetrating the pores of your skin and melting off top layers that are discoloured, patched, or dried out.
This mechanism of action is soothed by the mineral oil, retinol (Vitamin A), and carrot oil in the formulation, which moisturises the skin and promotes collagen production. In effect, the deep penetrating action of acidic agents in Carotone Black Spot Corrector (which would ordinarily be too harsh on the skin) is moderated by the soothing action of the organic oils and retinol in the cream’s composition.
However, two of the main ingredients of Carotone Black Spot Corrector cream (i.e. Kojic acid and hydroquinone) are central to its skin lightening and dark spot eliminating action, and are therefore of particular concern from a safety perspective.
On one hand, kojic acid – whilst a common ingredient of many skin toning and bleaching creams – is known to diminish melanin production, which makes your skin more sensitive in the long run and predisposes you to sunburn from ultra violet rays and skin breakage. If you have been using Carotone Black Spot Corrector and you’ve noticed redness, itching, rashes or breakage on your skin, then that’s the effect of kojic acid – and it will get to a point where the damage can’t be undone if you use the product long enough!
On the other hand, hydroquinone is the major ingredient used in most bleaching creams and skin lightening lotions, and even though the amount of it used in Carotone Black Spot Corrector is listed as only 2% hydroquinone, we can’t be too sure that it is not much more in reality. Many users of Carotone Black Spot Corrector notice that their complexion gets lighter (“yellower” in the real sense) within a few days of using the cream, and this effect can largely be traced to the hydroquinone component and partly to the kojic acid.
Any cream or lotion with strong concentrations of hydroquinone and kojic acid is essentially a bleaching cream, and even though you might enjoy the ‘whiter’ complexion you’re getting from it for a short while, you must be prepared for the skin damage and regret that might come in later years.
The concentrations of hydroquinone and kojic acid in Carotone Black Spot Corrector cream are listed as 2% and 1% respectively, but we’re not convinced that this is accurate. Depending on the formulation along with other ingredients, the real concentration of these agents may be more than stated, which increases the likelihood that the cream can cause too much skin bleaching and unpleasant side effects in the long run.
Final Verdict on Carotone Black Spot Corrector Cream: To Use or Not to Use?
Regardless of what anyone says, at the end of the day, you are ultimately responsible for your own health and wellbeing. While Carotone Black Spot Corrector cream continues to be very popular especially among ladies, it is important to proceed with caution if you choose to use this product. It is not advisable to use it for a prolonged period as if it were a regular cream.
If you insist on using Carotone Black Spot Corrector lotion because it works very well for you, then you should see it as medicine that you take only when you’re sick. For serious cases of black spots and acne scars, you may use the Carotone cream only for a very short term, and then discontinue its usage when you notice that the dark spots or acne scars have cleared. You should never use the Carotone Black Spot corrector indefinitely as part of your daily skin care regimen.
If you ask me, I’d suggest discontinuing Carotone Black Spot Corrector altogether and settling for other less harmful but equally effective alternatives instead. One of such alternatives is something called Vitamin C Serum, which is an all-natural skincare formulation to brighten your skin and clear out dark spots and acne scars. You may also consider soap-based remedies such as good quality carrot soaps (rather than creams and lotions), which can help you achieve the same objectives without running the risk of doing long term damage to your skin.