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