The 411 on Skin Bleaching

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  • Understanding Skin Bleaching and Its Dangers
  • What Is Skin Bleaching?
  • 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

What Is Skin Bleaching?

Also called “skin-whitening,” skin bleaching is the act of using crèmes or other products to “brighten” and lighten the skin. In some cases, dermatologists will prescribe medication for age spots, acne scars or discoloration. But what drives this industry are people of color who want to lighten their skin over their entire body. 

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