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skin bleachingEveryone wants to have an even complexion, but some resort to using bleaching products.  We have all seen how skin bleaching transformed Michael Jackson’s skin but other celebrities such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and ballplayer, Manny Sosa are now sporting lighter complexions.  In many cultures, social circles, marketing, and the movie industry, lighter-skinned individuals are more highly favored.   There are lots of products on the market to lighten and brighten the skin, but there are some risks and complications to consider:

1)  Allergic reactions such irritant dermatitis (skin reddening, mild stinging or itching) or contact dermatitis (swelling, crusting, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and severe burning and stinging).

2)  Skin disorders such as eczema, dermatitis and acne can be adversely affected by bleaching products.

3)  Bleaching products can cause the skin to become extremely sun sensitive.  The use of a broad spectrum sunscreen is a must.

4)  Bleaching products with hydrogen peroxide or benzoyl peroxide could make an individual experience a chemical reaction that can cause secondary hyperpigmentation.  If a product contains both ingredients, it could cause more damage to the skin.

5)  Bleaching products could impair the skin’s ability to heal from an injury, lesion or rash (especially in African Americans) (Be wary of skin bleaching and its side-effects, 2013).

6)  The long-term use of hydroquinone (used only in the U.S. and Canada) may cause a build-up in the liver and cause live damage.  Hydroquinone should only be used for a 4-month period and break for 6 months to let the liver process the chemical out of the body.

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Be wary of skin bleaching and its side-effects. (2013, June 6). Retrieved June 7, 2013, from Hindi News: http://post.jagran.com/be-wary-of-skin-bleaching-and-1370519766