Skin bleaching is a very popular practice around the world today.
Skin lightening products are also very popular in Nigeria. The World Health Organisation (WHO) published a report in 2011 estimating that 77% of Nigerian women use skin lightening products regularly.
This is in comparison with 59% in Togo, 35% in South Africa, and 27% in Senegal.
💠WHAT IS SKIN BLEACHING?
Skin bleaching is a cosmetic procedure that aims to lighten dark areas of the skin or achieve a generally paler skin tone.
💠HOW DOES SKIN BLEACHING CREAMS WORK?
Skin bleaching creams work by reducing the concentration or production of melanin in the skin.
Melanin is the pigment that gives skin its colour and helps protect it from the sun.
Skin-lightening techniques can result in serious side effects and complications.
People with dark skin tones are particularly at risk of these problems.
💠WHAT DOES SKIN BLEACHING CREAMS CONTAIN?
They usually contain one or both of the following medicines:
These substances are very toxic and damaging to the skin and to other parts of the body.
💠DAMAGING EFFECTS OF SKIN BLEACHING
They can cause the following:
🌀 kidney damage.
🌀Increased risk of skin cancer.
🌀 Vasoconstriction or thinning of the blood vessels
🌀 Difficulties in wound healing
🌀Abnormalities in a newborn baby (if used during pregnancy).
📌The damaging effect of bleaching creams on the body depend on which ingredient is being applied to the skin, in what concentration, over what area, and for how long it is used.
📌 Don’t bleach your skin or you could suffer lasting damaging effect.