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Why bleach?

Black skin renews itself quickly, rapidly producing new skin cells, this ability for regeneration keep our skin’s looking younger for longer. Whenever Black skin is damaged or traumatised, it produces an excess of melanin in the area. This hyper-pigmentation can result in a humble spot or cut producing a dark patch where it is healed. Skin bleaches are often used in an attempt to even out skin tone or remove dark patches caused by injury. However, in some sections of the society, particularly in African, and asian communities like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Philippines etc, skin bleaches are used to lighten the skin in the misguided belief that a lighter complexion is better.

The production of the most commonly used bleaching agent, hydroquinone (chemical formula C6H6O2), came about by accident, after Black workers in a rubber plant found that when a certain chemical came into contact with their skin it caused light patches of skin. The workers sued for damages as a result of their injuries, but their ‘discovery’ led to the commercial production of cosmetic creams containing hydroquinone as a bleaching agent.

Hydroquinone is a very powerful chemical that it used as the key ingredient in the photographic process of development, but is also used in the rubber industry as an antioxidant, and as an agent in hair dyes. Mercury is another product often used in some cosmetic products as a bleaching agent. Severly toxic, it can cause skin to go grey or blue black, rather than lighter, and in many cases has resulted in the user suffering from mercury poisoning.

How do they work?

Bleaching creams work by stripping the skin of its natural pigmentation. However, in dark skinned people, the pigmentation is the skin’s natural protection from the sun. Bleaching doesn’t just superficially lighten the skin, it alters the skin’s ‘natural’ structure, removing and inhibiting the production of the colour creating melanin.
Hydroquinone, widely used in skin lightening creams, needs to be banned all over the world. However, currently we are focused on the over-the-counter products that contain Hydroquinone.

In recent years, despite rigorous campaigning to raise awareness about the dangers of using skin whitening products, yet in many developing countries no heed has been paid to banning such products; as a result skin-lightening products have spawned out of proportion.

World Doctors Association has brought a complete ban on many of skin-damaging products and is determined to continue this crusade till every dangerous over-the-counter product is completely banned, especially in developing countries where no.


Health Risks of Using Whitening Creams!
People who use bleaching products can end up with rough and blotchy skin, and then get caught up in the ‘bleaching trap’ by using more cream to try and correct the problem, and by doing so, find themsevles causing even more damage to their skin. Alternatively, they may find that because of exposure to the sun, their ‘lightened skin’ gets darker.
Once the skin has been ‘bleached’ it loses its natural protective barrier, making it susceptible to damage by the sun’s rays. This is also why many bleaching products contain either sunscreen, or come with instructions advising people to use sun protection creams along with the product. Prolonged use of these bleaching products can also prevent the formation of melanin in the deeper basal layers of the skin, which will leave the skin lighter, but also leave it more vulnerable to damage. Hydroquinone in particular, has been found to damage the connective tissue in the skin and cartilage, hence its removal from skincare products.


It is comfortably absorbed by the skin and with lethal doses can lead to mercury poisoning that would consequence to damage of the kidney and the nervous process with the likelihood of psychological problems. Severe birth defects are also to take place for pregnant girls. There are reasons why our skin colour is at it is. Melanin production in our skin transpires for a purpose. Altering it would most probable lead to undesirable well-being troubles. So the up coming time to you want to have lighter skin, excess weight the pros and cons wisely to keep clear of skin whitening danger.
Whitening creams with superior ranges of steroid corticosteroid which in particular circumstances can trigger you to achieve also quite a bit excess weight and infertility. In worst cases Cushing's illness, in which there is a failure of the adrenal glands which later on leads to cortisol overproduction. Other known adverse results is maximize in appetite resulting to bodyweight gain, swelling, osteoporosis, cataracts, wounds recover a whole lot slower which can result in serious complication if you will undergo surgical treatment or anything of the likes, acne, weak muscles and your skin turns into thinner. Some whitening lotions include huge ranges of mercury.  Mercurous chloride in individual is discovered in certain whitening creams.
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WDA is Determined to Bring Ban on Dangerous Skin Whitening Creams!
Fairer and lighter skin is highly valued in some countries such as India and Pakistan. And even in countries where traditionally a tanned skin is seen as healthier, some women are using skin lightening products to achieve the flawless look of stars.

Skin lightening products reduce the amount of melanin which makes the body more vulnerable to UV rays and thus to skin cancer and aging.
Poisoning, convulsions, asthma, leukaemia, liver damage, anaphylactic shock and infertility are not conditions normally associated with cosmetics. However, prolonged use of certain cosmetic creams, which contain bleaching agents, has been linked with all of the above
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