Should you bleach your skin? | Jipambe

Should you bleach your skin?

 

Melanin is the pigment that gives human skin, hair, and eyes their color. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light-skinned people have. It provides some protection against skin damage from the sun. Melanin production increases in response to sun exposure

Advantages?

Many dark skinned people turn to skin whitening to boost their self esteem. While you may get compliments, it does not deal with the root issue – self perception.  Lupita Nyongo has an amazing take on this here

The bad

If you are thinking embarking on the bleaching journey, consider the following  disadvantages

Skin Thinning

Use of skin whitening creams may cause thinning of the skin--a condition that may be characterized by severe bruising, exposed capillaries, stretch marks and other serious problems.

Acne

People with acne scars may turn to skin whitening creams to lighten the scars. However, skin whitening creams contain steroids, the creams can actually cause blocked pores and lead to the development of new acne.

High Blood Sugar

High blood sugar can result from regular use of skin lightening creams. High blood sugar can lead to diabetes, and using skin whitening can be dangerous if you already have diabetes.

Pigmentation Alterations

Dark patches on your skin, called ochronosis, are a possible risk of repeated skin whitening. Unlike sun spots, these patches on the surface of the skin are particularly stubborn and difficult to remove. You also run the risk of developing leukoderma, a skin condition where certain areas of skin stop producing melanin. Once the skin stops producing melanin, patches of pink skin appear.

Mercury Poisoning

Mercury is banned for use in skin creams in the Kenya, but it can still be found in imported products. Despite risks of kidney and neurological damage, mercury is added to skin whitening creams because it prevents the production of melanin.

Impaired healing

The application of skin bleaching products impairs the skin healing ability from injuries, lesions and rashes.

Banned Cosmetics that may harm and bleach your skin- posted on the kebs website on 21/04/2009

The prohibition/ban is aimed at protecting unsuspecting consumers and discourage dumping of these products in the Kenyan Market.Hydroquinone, oxidizing agents and hormonal preparations are used for treating various medical conditions. They are therefore classified as drugs and should be applied only upon the advice and direction of a medical doctor.
All skin care preparations like creams, lotions, gels, soaps, etc containing hydroquinone, steroids and hormonal preparations should be registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of the Ministry of Health for medical use. Their use in cosmetics was prohibited through gazette notices 4310 of 14th August 1998 and 7169 of November 2000.
The Government wishes to state that the following products are registered with Pharmacy and Poisons Board to be used as human medicines for various skin conditions:
BETNOVATE
MEDIVEN
DIPROSONE
NERISONE
DERMOVATE
HYDROCORTISONE
0XY 5 AND 0XY 10

These products should only be used on the recommendation of a medical doctor and for such period of time as the doctor may prescribe. They should not be sold in the open market but only in registered pharmacies and chemists. Cosmetic products listed below contain hydroquinone, steroids, mercury and hydrogen peroxide. They have not been registered with Pharmacy and Poisons Board as medicines. They therefore, should NOT

 
SKIN LIGHTENING LOTIONS CONTAINING HYDROQUINONE
  • JARIBU SKIN LIGHTENING LOTION
  • AMIRA SKIN LIGHTENING LOTION
  • A3 CLEARTOUCH COMPLEXION LOTION
  • A3 LEMON SKIN LIGHTENING LOTION
  • KISS LOTION
  • RICO SKIN LIGHTENING LOTION
  • PRINCESS LOTION
  • PEAU CLAIRE BEAUTY BODY LOTION
  • CLEAR TOUCH LOTION
  • FAIR & WHITE BODY CLEARING MILK
  • SIVOCLAIR LIGHTENING BODY LOTION
  • EXTRA CLAIR LIGHTENING BODY LOTION
  • PRECIEUX TREATMENT BEAUTY LOTION
  • CLEAR ESSENCE SKIN BEAUTYFYING MILK
SKIN LIGHTENING GELS CONTAINING HYDROQUINONE
  • ULTRA CLEAR
  • TOPICLEAR
  • BODY CLEAR
 
SOAPS CONTAINING MERCURY AND ITS COMPOUNDS
  • MOVATE
  • MEKAKO
  • JARIBU
  • TURA
  • ACURA
  • RICO
  • FAIR LADY
  • ELEGANCE
  • MIKI
  • JAMBO
SKIN LIGHTENING CREAMS CONTAINING MERCURY AND ITS COMPOUNDS
  • PIMPLEX MEDICATED CREAM
  • NEW SHIRLEY MEDICATED CREAM
  • CREAM PREPARATIONS CONTAINING HYDROGEN PEROXIDE(H2O2)
  • JOLEN CREAM, SKIN PREPARATIONS CONTINTING STEROIDS
  • MOVATE CREAM, SKIN SUCCESS GEL
  • HOT MOVATE GEL
  • AMIRA -C
  • NEU CLEAR GEL
  • TENOVATE
  • BODY CLEAR CREAM SPOT REMOVER
  • TOP GEL PLUS
  • SOFT AND BEAUTIFUL CREAM
  • LEMONVATE CREAM, SECRET GEL
  • TCB GEL PLUS
  • UNIC CLEAR SUPER CREAM
  • TOPIFRAM CREAM
  • SKIN BALANCE LEMON CREAM
  • PEAU CLAIRE GEL PLUS
  • DARK & LOVELY GEL
  • DERMO -GEL PLUS
  • PEAU CLAIRE CREAM
  • FASHION FAIR GEL PLUS
  • HOT PROSONE GEL
  • VISIBLE DIFFERENCE GEL
  • SIVOCLAIR CREAM
  • ACTION DEMOVATE CREAM
  • REGGE LEMON GEL
  • ULTIMATE LADY GEL
  • TOPIFRAM GEL PLUS
  • AGE RENEWAL CREAM
  • FAIR & WHITE GEL PLUS
  • PEAU CLAIR GEL PLUS
  • FASHION FAIR CREAM
  • FIRST CLASS LADY CREAM
  • SKIN SUCCESS CREAM
  • NEU CLEAR CREAM PLUS
  • JARIBU BETA - β CREAM
  • BODY TREAT CREAM SPOT REMOVER
  • CLAIR & LOVELY GEL, PEAU CLAIR CREAM
  • SOFT & BEAUTIFUL GEL
  • ACTION DEMOVATE GEL PLUS
  • PROSONE GEL
  • SKIN BALANCE GEL WRINKLE REMOVER
  • ULTRA-GEL PLUS
  • PRO-ONE GEL MCA
  • BETALEMON CREAM
  • SKIN BALANCE CREAM WRINKLE REMOVER
  • DARK & LOVELY CREAM
SKIN LIGHTENING CREAMS CONTAINING HYDROQUINONE
  • JARIBU CREAM
  • MEKAKO CREAM
  • AMIRA CREAM
  • TURA SKIN TONING CREAM
  • YESAKO MEDICATED BEAUTY CREAM
  • RICO COMPLEXION CREAM
  • MADONNA MEDICATED CREAM
  • MREMBO MEDICATED BEAUTY CREAM
  • SHIRLEY CREAM
  • KISS -MEDICATED BEAUTY CREAM
  • UNO21 CREAM
  • PRINCESS PATRA LUXURY COMPLEXION CREAM
  • ZARINA MEDICATED SKIN LIGHTENER CREAM
  • ENVI SKIN TONER, VIVA SUPER LEMON
  • AMBI SPECIAL COMPLEXION CREAM
  • LOLANE CREAM, NADINOLA CREAM
  • GLOTONE COMPLEXION CREAM
  • NINDOLA CREAM, CLAIRE CREME
  • MIC SKIN LIGHTENER CREAM
  • TONIGHT NIGHT BEAUTY CREAM
  • FULANI CREME ECLAIRCISSANTE
  • CLERE LEMON CREAM
  • CLERE EXTRA CREAM
  • BINTI JAMBO CREAM
  • BUTONE CREAM
  • MALAIKA MEDICATED BEAUTY CREAM
  • DEAR HEART WITH HYDROQUINONE CREAM
  • MIKI BEAUTY CREAM
  • CRUSADER SKIN TONING CREAM
  • NISH MEDICATED CREAM
  • ISLAND BEAUTY SKIN FADE CREAM
  • MALIBU MEDICATED CREAM
  • PALMER\S SKIN SUCCESS FADE CREAM
  • CARE PLUS FAIRNESS CREAM
  • OPICLEAR CREAM, CAREKAKO MEDICATED CREAM
  • BODY CLEAR CREAM
  • A3 SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM, AMBI AMERICAN FORMULA
  • DREAM SUCCESSFUL
  • SYMBA CREME SKIN LITE \N\ SMOOTH
  • Ikb MEDICATED CREAM
  • CLEARTONE SKIN TONING CREAM
  • CLEAR ESSENCE MEDICATED FADE CREAM
  • AMBI EXTRA COMPLEXION CREAM FOR MEN
  • CLEARTONE EXTRA SKIN TONING CREAM
  • O\NYIA SKIN CRÈME
  • A3 TRIPPLE ACTION CREAM PEARL LIGHT
  • ELEGANCE SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM
  • MR. CLERE CREAM
  • FAIRLADY SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM
  • FADE OUT CREAM
  • TOP LEMON PLUS CREAM
  • CLEAR TOUCH CREAM
  • CRUSADER ULTRA BRAND CREAM
  • ULTIME SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM
  • RICO SKIN TONE CRÈME
  • BARAKA SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM
  • PEAU CLAIRE CRÈME ECLAIRCISSANTE
  • PRINCESS MEDICATED BEAUTY CREAM
  • IMMEDIAT CLAIRE LIGHTENING BODY CREAM

 

References

http://www.kebs.org/?opt=qai&view=banned

http://www.drugs.com/sfx/hydroquinone-topical-side-effects.html

http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/guidanceregulation/lawsregulations/ucm127406.htm

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