Bleaching and its effects

Majority of ladies have adapted the new skin lightening techniques to advance their beauty. A notion that leads to this move is trying to remain beautiful or enhance beauties. How does this bleaching help them out?

In Kenya the business of skin lightening has vividly been one thing that has gained momentum. Many ladies living in city centres have mastered the skills. Some are also preparing the chemicals themselves and doing the bleaching at their free time.

A lady who is liable to dark skin sometimes have gone overboard to use the bleaching devices to ensure they are light. The act of bleaching comes in various packages. Some people use pills to lighten their skins whereas we have people who undergo injection to change their skin colour.

In Kenya we have ladies who’ve come to the public and spoken about it. Ms. Vera Sidika, Bridgit Achien’g are some who have come out public to speak the reasons behind why they chose to skin lightening.

The World of Vera Sidika and Bridgit Achien’g

For Vera Sidika, she felt her business of appearing at various needed a skin lightening. She opted for skin lightening so that her market would grow intensively. She also confirmed that her returns were enormous after changing her skin colour.

Nairobi Diaries actress Bridgit is one lady who also doesn’t regret skin lightening. She recounts of how she didn’t manage to attain her peak in her careers as a result of being a dark skin. She recounts of how dark skin women are hysterically treated.

These are two public figures whom we can resonate with. What about the common local Nairobian girl? Or rather that coastal beauty who feels the same? It’s becoming a trendy thing that has captured most ladies from each side of the country.

In the acting industry, we’ve got producers who are also looking for light skinned ladies. Some modeling agencies have also stereotyped the kind of women they want to use in their brands. If you are dark skinned and you have a passion in acting, modeling what is the world left for you?

How skin bleaching works

Skin bleaching reduces the concentration or production of melanin in the skin. Melanin is a pigment produced by cells called melanocytes. The amount of melanin in your skin is mostly determined by genetics.

People with dark skin have more melanin. Hormones, sunlight, and certain chemicals also affect melanin production.

When you apply a skin bleaching product to the skin, such as hydroquinone, it decreases the number of melanocytes in your skin. This can result in lighter skin and a more even appearance to the skin.

Skin bleaching side effects

A number of countries have banned the use of skin bleaching products because of the dangers associated with them.

In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Trusted Source also issued a notice that over-the-counter (OTC) skin bleaching products are not recognized as safe and effective. The products were deemed not safe for human use based on a review of evidence.

Skin bleaching has been associated with a number of adverse health effects.

Mercury poisoning

Some skin bleaching creams made outside of the United States have been linked to mercury toxicity. Mercury has been banned as an ingredient in skin lightening products in the United States, but products made in other countries still contain mercury.

In a 2014 studyTrusted Source of 549 skin lightening creams bought online and in stores, nearly 12 percent contained mercury. About half of these products came from U.S. stores.

Signs and symptoms of mercury poisoning include:


Case studies and reports have linked the use of skin bleaching products to contact dermatitis. This is inflammation of the skin caused by contact with certain substances.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:

Exogenous ochronosis

Exogenous ochronosis (EO)Trusted Source is a skin disorder that causes blue-black pigmentation. It usually occurs as a complication of long-term use of skin bleaching creams that contain hydroquinone. People who use it on large areas of the body or on the entire body are more likely to develop EO.

Steroid acne

Skin bleaching creams that contain corticosteroids can cause steroid acne.

Steroid acne mostly affects the chest, but can also show up on the back, arms, and other parts of the body with long-term use of corticosteroids.

Symptoms can include:

Nephrotic syndrome

Nephrotic syndrome is a kidney disorder often caused by damage to the blood vessels in your kidneys responsible for filtering waste and excess water. It causes your body to excrete too much protein in your urine.

Skin lightening creams containing mercury have been associated with nephrotic syndrome.

Symptoms can include:



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