Skin whitening and bleaching

So many women are unhappy with the colour of their skin, mainly those of Indian, Asian and African origin. In parts of the Caribbean there have been documentaries that highlight the plight of women who have suffered skin problems as a result of using skin whitening creams and bleaching. Many women of colour strongly believe that being lighter you get the best jobs, boyfriends/marriage proposals and better prospects in life.

Just recently former Miss World and face of L’Oreal cosmetics Aishwarya Rai was seen gracing the front cover of Elle Magazine what appeared odd was that her skin was much lighter than what it actually is. Aishwarya is of Indian origin with both her parents being born and brought up there, she has is considering whether or not to sue Elle as it is a form of racist airbrushing.

There are many celebrities that have used or are still using skin whitening products to help lighten their skin but most are still denying it. Celebrities that have a big change in before and after skin colour are: Beyonce, Lil Kim, Michael Jackson, Sammy Sosa and Iman. Although all but Sammy Sosa deny having their skin bleached the before and after pictures speak for themselves.

It’s normal to have some discoloration in skin as you get older, women will notice skin changes on their face, underarms and groin area but this is normal and nothing to be alarmed about. There are skin creams that claim to lighten the skin over time but in most countries they are banned so if you choose to buy them they are at your own risk.

Dangers of skin whitening and bleaching

Not only are the chemicals harsh for skin but they can cause problems that you didn’t have before such as, uneven skin pigmentation, cancer, thinning of the skin, acne and in severe cases it can cause the skin to react badly like you have been burnt. Some women only treat their face but in time it means that skin will not be an all over even colour, the body will remain darker than the face.

It is very concerning that a search on skin whitening and bleaching brings up all sorts of banned creams and procedures. Many of the websites that advertise ‘the original’ are indeed fake or are a mixture of potential harmful chemicals that so many people fall a victim of. If you truly want to lighten your skin then seek advice from a dermatologist and do not be forced into buying products you are unsure of.