The Damage Bleaching Can Cause To The Body
Bleaching seems to be a norm today. Many black African women see light skin colour as more beautiful than dark colours. This has pushed many women to the extreme of buying all sorts of creams and products to tone and lighten their skin colour. There are many side effects of bleaching which need to be considered.
Skin bleaching is the alteration of one’s natural skin colour to another that is relatively, if not substantially, lighter through the use of chemical skin lightening agents, either manufactured, homemade or the combination of both as defined by The World Health Organization (Konlan 2016).
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Research however shows that one can result to skin lightening products to improve the visibility of blemishes such as birthmarks and dark patches (melasma) on the body. Some of the products used to bleach the skin can be creams, soaps, and/or pills. Professional treatments include chemical peels and laser therapy.
However, it shows that there is no health benefit to bleaching the skin because the result of it isn’t guaranteed and skin lightening can cause dangerous side effects and complications.
Bleaching, often known as “skin lightening” can cause lots of health problems like numbness, high blood pressure, fatigue, sensitivity to light, kidney failure, neurologic symptoms, such as tremor, memory loss, and irritability, lung damage, and bring about a greater risk of developing skin cancers.