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Skin bleaching and its side effects

Bleaching the skin has gained a lot of popularity in this part of the world. The desire to be light skinned has resulted in people using all kinds of creams, lotions and chemicals to achieve their desired skin tone without necessarily knowing the side effects of doing so. Skin bleaching is dangerous. Its side effects are no joke. In case you're wondering what they are, here are some side effects of skin bleaching.

Contact Dermatitis

When the skin gets into contact with some of these bleaching creams, it gets inflammed. This often results in blisters, hives, the redness or darkening of the skin, swelling, burning sensation among others. For it to go away, it requires treatment which doesn't come cheap.

Mercury Poisoning

Many of the skin bleaching and whitening products on the market are known to contain mercury. In many developed countries, mercury as an ingredient used in skin products has been banned. The continuous use of such products containing mercury often leads to kidney failure, fatigue, high blood pressure and to an extent numbness. 

Formation of acne

This is common with products containing corticosteroids. This leads to the formation of acne usually on the back, around the chest area and arms. It can also appear on other parts of the body. The acne formed usually appears as black bumps which are often painful. Sometimes, they come in the form of whiteheads and blackheads. Ultimately, they lead to visible acne scars. 

Other possible side effects of bleaching or lightening your skin include;

  • blood vessels becoming visible
  • likelihood of the skin becoming too light or very dark
  • kidney damage
  • liver damage
  • itchy and flaky skin
  • mild odour

Irrespective of what society desires, do not change your skin colour for approval. Don't compromise on your health. Enjoy your shade of beauty.  In case of further skin consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us on Facebook or Instagram or via +233 596 050 073.




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