The 411 on Skin Bleaching

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  • It’s a Booming Industry
  • Racism and Colorism Drive Sales
  • How Does It Work?
  • Skin Bleaching Is Dangerous
  • You Are Beautiful the Way You Are
  • Understanding Skin Bleaching and Its Dangers
  • What Is Skin Bleaching?

Skin Bleaching Is Dangerous

These crèmes, especially over-the-counter lines, contain seriously harmful chemicals such as hydroquinone, mercury and other toxins that, with long-term use, cause birth defects, liver and kidney cancers, psychiatric issues and neurological problems. Also, they can cause rashes, burns and irreversible damage. A 2012 study also found that skin bleaching was linked to diabetes. 

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