Following the wake of Blac Chyna’s intention to launch her line of bleaching cream in Nigeria, the Nigerian populace have had several reactions to the upcoming event.
Several Nigerians have decried the fact that many Nigerians (women especially) are not proud of their skin color hence the indulgence in skin bleaching and whitening.
An online doctor has made it his duty to spread the word about the adverse effect of using skin bleaching creams. According Dr Olufumilayo, bleaching creams could cause damage to skin primarily and extended damage to internal organs like kidneys, liver and threat of skin cancer.
Below is his Twitter thread to create the awareness.
As you await the launch of Blac Chyna bleaching products in Lagos this weekend, this is a simple reminder that you are about to buy a cream that will ruin your kidneys, destroy your natural skin, compromise your liver, make you vulnerable to skin cancer and slowly end your life.
— OurFavOnlineDoctor 🥳🏁 (@DrOlufunmilayo) November 20, 2018
BLEACHING RUINS YOUR LIFE
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BLEACHING RUINS YOUR LIFEFragile skin
Harm to Unborn ChildJust another reminder
In case you never knew.
You may hear “whitening cream”, “toning cream” or the usual bleaching cream.
Look on the pack.
IF it contains things like Hydroquinone, Mercury or corticosteroids; STAY AWAY.
Run for your life.
Those chemicals are DANGEROUS especially for continuous prolonged use.
For some particular medical conditions, a doctor or a certified dermatologist (not just any social media Make Up Artiste) may recommend a steroid cream for a SHORT period of time.
But to use steroid/whitening/bleaching creams CONTINOUSLY is dangerous for your skin and your life.
A good number of the bleaching creams contain Hydroquinone & Mercury.
Many countries have absolutely banned such things because the chemicals have a very toxic effect on the liver & kidneys after prolonged continuous use.
Mercury can destroy the nerves and even affect the brain.
What if I can’t afford a dermatologist?
Read online and wide about the dangers of bleaching creams and what contents to look out for.
Or another simple thing is IF you notice a cream is changing your colour.
Stop it and immediately seek medical advice before you are long gone.
A certified dermatologist may prescribe FOR A SHORT PERIOD of time the use of a certain cream just because of a particular area of the body that is hyperpigmented (or extremely dark compared to others).
But it will NEVER be for uncontrolled use all over the body for a long time.
The idea of prolonged continuous use of toning/whitening/bleaching creams, (some even falsely marketed as “organic”) all with the aim to make you “whiter” or “fairer” which is then labelled as a “Glow Up” is a dangerous life threatening idea.
STAY AWAY for your own good/benefit.
How do bleaching creams work?
They work by reducing the melanin content in your skin (it is the melanin that gives you the dark colour in your skin, hair and eyes).
Now what is the problem with that?
Reasons being that Melanin has protective functions in your skin.
For instance in high sunlight ☀️ areas like Nigeria and Africa, exposure to the sun can cause premature aging of the skin and even some forms of skin cancers. Melanin helps to protect the skin from all these.
That’s why people who bleach for years get horribly wrinkled skin.
Because what happens is that as you reduce the melanin content of the skin, you make the skin more prone to aging and even to cancer.
As the skin gets continuous exposure to UV Radiation from the sun, in the absence of protective melanin, chances of skin cancer becomes high.
Bleaching creams have been implicated in causing kidney damage, liver failure, reduced cognitive ability, depression, nerve problems, tremors, irritability and even may cause harm to an unborn child, if the user is a pregnant woman.
Those creams are absolutely terrible.Don’t gamble with your skin.
Don’t gamble with your kidneys.
Don’t gamble with your liver.
Don’t gamble with your life.Be wary & cautious of anything you put on your skin or put into your mouth, as food, drink, tablets, creams or whatever.
That’s the first rule of good health.Be confident in your own skin.
Be comfortable in your own colour.Don’t get carried away by the ephemeral insatiable delusions of this world that continuously places premium on totally unimportant things like skin colour.Don’t throw away your health in the bid for acceptance.
Your skin colour is dark as a natural form of protection from the harmful effects of the sun.
That’s why we have skins that don’t age or wrinkle easily compared to non black people.
It’s the melanin that does the magic the same melanin that gets destroyed by bleaching creams.
Someday we will grow old and have to face the consequences of decisions we make today.
In the end, if the kidneys fail, if the liver is damaged and the skin is too thin that it now bruises easily and never heals fast, would the “lighter skin” and “glow up” be worth it?
Before you buy that cream, look on the pack and think again. If it is a bleaching/toning/whitening cream,
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE ?♂️If it is marketed as “organic product” and it is making you whiter and lighter, STOP USING IT.Don’t throw away tomorrow for the applause of today.