Skin bleaching is dangerous
posted from the tribune newspaper,nigeria
She is Tinu Oginni, a beauty and make-up expert based in the United Kingdom, with a mission to create more awareness about the long term effect of using bleaching products to change skin tone by people of all ages and background. She also wants to create more awareness on why we are dark in colour and enable us build our confidence in being black, enrich our lives and reveal our hidden beauty so that we live in good state of health.
According to her, in this modern appearance- conscious society in which we live, there is a myth that lighter, pale complexion portrays beauty, riches, success, and people are often commended on the fairness of their skin. “This misguided belief has resulted in making a lot of people bow to this social pressure, which is enormous and cuts across all the strata of our society.”
“It is imperative, therefore, on our part that we put a halt to this. Banning of products containing hydroquinone and mercury will not stop the products from entering Nigeria, but the only way to make a positive impact on preventing this anormaly from spreading is to create more awareness about the long term effects of using skin bleaching products on our skin,” said Ogini.
She stated that in order to combat this problem, confidence teaching must start in the homes and then in the schools to enable children value themselves, i.e, their colour, religion, culture, family, country.” “Beauty is more than skin deep. The radiance that shines through an individual and her comportments are all attributes that attest not only to her beauty but also her confidence.
To change your skin colour is to betray your maker and your faith, for in the realm of religion there must be no room for vanity, “ she said. Bleaching, according to her, is most certainly not pleasing in the eyes of the Lord. “In order to change the psyche of our people, I am organizing a national crusade across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria in which various lectures intended to expose the negative underpinnings of bleaching will be delivered by scholars and researchers such as dermatologists, psychologists, beauticians and religious leaders among others.”
Areas of concern will include: Why we have our skin colour; medical, social, spiritual and economic implications of bleaching our skin. The campaign against this anomally aims to educate through the aggressive use of the mass media such as, television, radio jingles, newspapers, magazines, flyers, posters, bill board, public campaign, seminars and workshop.
What is bleaching?
Bleaching is using products that contain hydroquinone and mercury to change our colour. There is also a new product in market containing kajoic acid. All these products work by inhibiting the production of melanin. Hydroquinone is a severely toxic and very powerful chemical used in photo processing, the manufacture of rubber and is an active agent in hair dye. Mercury in the form of Mercury Chloride and Ammoniated Mercury is carcinogenic (Cancer-causing agent). They appear on the list of toxic substances that can only be purchased via pharmacies with prescribed labels of toxicity.
What are the long term effects of using bleaching products on our skin?
Bleaching leads to increase thinning of the skin and stretch marks.
Bleaching is associated to being a carcinogen. (Cancer- causing agent).
Bleaching pills are toxic and can cause damage to internal organs such as kidney and liver.
Bleaching leaves odour which is anything from stale, mousy, to fishy
Skin bleaching can cause rough, blotchy skin, leaving it with a spotty cavier appearance.
Why do people use skin bleaching products?
1. Uneven complexion tone (skin with blemishes).
2. Consumers being lured by marketing ploy.
3. Lack of basic information and education on why we are dark in colour (ignorance).
4. Social pressure (some consider bleaching as fashionable).
There is usually an underlying cause for uneven complexion tone. They include: Eczema, acne, poor nutrition. Visit a dermatologist, do not apply unprescribed cream on your skin! Manufacturers of skin bleaching products use marketing ploy to lure customers, i.e putting toning and lightening in the same sentence.
Skin lightening and toning are two different things Lightening is bleaching. Toning is freshenening up your skin. Manufacturers of skin bleaching products may not be fully versed with the side effect of their products. Some products present misleading labels or are economical with the truth (i.e. 2% hydroquinone while it contains 6% or even more). Manufacturers of skin bleaching products coming into Nigeria must label their products to include the proper warning label i.e (bleaching may harm your skin)
A lot of people lack basic information and education on why our skin is dark in colour.In Nigeria shinning of the sun is intense. God created us with the right skin type to survive the harshness. Our body produces melanin which protects our skin from the harmful (ultra violet ray of the sun). Without melanin production, we would need to cover our skin with sun screen; without melanin production, our skin will be vulnerable and risk a greater chance of developing cancer. The more melanin we produce the darker we are. We are beautiful creatures that God made and gave us different skin tone. All colours are beautiful but there are ways we can care for our skin by maintaining or improving its look and texture. Fortunately, a woman skin does not have to be truly flawless to look like it is, the steps to create a perfect finish starts with a great skin care programme, i.e,
Cleanse your skin to remove make-up and impurities.
Exfoliate your skin to remove dead surface cells.
Freshen your skin to tone and refine pores.
Moisturize your skin for soft, smooth skin.
Protect your skin from environmental damage using foundation while colour cosmetics will produce the fabulous finish when required.
goodgood | 6/16/2011 11:08:13 AMthis a good article.bleaching no fine. and all those who do it... wait and see your face when u get older. Tonto Dike, Rita Dominic and Co take special note Reply this thread
Nice ideashaddy baby | 6/16/2011 12:30:05 PM9ja women really needs d educatn n we want more educatnal talks on NFC instead of useless gossip.thx Tinu Oginni Reply this thread
Some countries impound and ...Uche | 6/16/2011 1:37:33 PMSome countries importing these creams in the country will result in a jail sentence and also they impound and destroy.its so sad when some women will look like a ripe mango with black spots because of these creams.They are very dangerous because once one stop using them the skin will even be more darker than before and one will look like a vampire.Everyone out there stop using an lightening substances,the result is catastrophic,rather eat health foods for a better skin, don't forget water to clean excess fat and impurities from body so as to avoid too much pimble outbreaks. Reply this thread
nigerians and bleaching27 calibre | 6/16/2011 3:19:02 PMthis ash*w* nigerian women and bleaching na waa for onaaa Reply this thread
Tonto Dike and bleachingNGE | 6/16/2011 3:42:35 PMTonto Dike and her colleagues who bleach, take note and learn your lessons from this lady's story. It is low self esteem that make them use bleaching creams, I commend the likes of Mercy Johnson, Genevieve etc. that have refused to bleach despite the pressure and competition in the industry. Also Yoruba actresses take it easy in bleaching. Reply this thread
INFERIORITY COMPLEXestheraster | 6/16/2011 8:23:43 PMBlack is beautiful and Natural and Pure.Why bleaching?People who bleach smells and no matter how much perfume used.They hardly can survive when accident occurs.when they afe old the skin cannot withhold the harsh bleaching skins anymore.They cannot withstand heat at all. Only SMELL Reply this thread
piece of adviceHilda | 6/16/2011 9:07:14 PMNigerians are the leaders in Africa when it comes to bleaching skin Reply this thread
not contentsandra b | 6/16/2011 11:25:10 PMThat is what happens when you are not content with yourself. I have no sympathy for them when they start to smell as no amount of perfume would stop the smell ole olojukokoro that is how i refer to those who are bleaching mschew!!! Reply this thread
bLEACHINGMEEE | 6/17/2011 2:22:01 AMThey should tell those YORUBA actresses who always think yellowness is pretty.Leave yr skin as it is.Bleaching does not make u beautiful.Africans in general EDUCATED AND SEMIs pls pls pls thou shalt not BLEACH. Reply this thread
not niceam back again | 6/17/2011 7:41:57 AMwell i hope rita dominic will see this oo? Reply this thread
BLEACHINGMam | 6/17/2011 7:47:22 PMWhat baffels me is that even the fair skin still bleach so they can be more fairer... Low self esteem and ignorance which lead them to bleaching. with their scary toes and fingers that are so hard and dark.... u know why? its bcos u can't bleach the fingers and toes so they would remain strong and dark black.
Don't forget their scary snake skin with no moisture. Beautiful skin must be glowing that is why when u have a beautiful skin we normally say a person has a baby skin u know why? bcos of the soft and glowing effect!! when would nigerian bleaching women learn???????? Reply this thread
Talk di truthtoya | 6/17/2011 8:47:20 PMThis is not only a message to africans in africa, but to also to the african extension in the caribbean who bleach their skin is nothing but simple ignorance nothing to do with education or self esteem. BLACK is and has always been BEAUTIFUL. BLACKNESS is a FORCE to be reckoned with. BLACKNESS is PERMANENT and those who try to get rid of it knows that it always comes back with AVENGEANCE. ( Not just skin bleaching but also in racism) Reply this thread
black is bold and beautifultina | 6/19/2011 10:49:51 PMfellow african ladies, der are colours that u can mix to get the colour black, or creams that one can use to be black,it shows that black is unique so le us be proud of it, inferiority complex shd be a thing of the past. Reply this thread
men are also in the gamealex | 6/19/2011 10:59:02 PMwhy is the emphasis on only the actresses? have u pple 4gotten that the fair male actors also dey bleach big time? i no wan mention names oo but pls stop it Reply this thread
bleaching oooo!francess | 6/21/2011 3:44:25 PMLol! Wat has tonto, oge, rita and fathia done 2 u guys? But on a more serious note, do they have 2 bleach their skin 2 look fine? Na wah 4 bleachers o Reply this thread
KquBoWNPKGQmbotBrenley | 6/28/2011 12:30:44 PMNow I feel s****d. That's clareed it up for me Reply this thread
bleachingvivian mafokwane | 12/12/2011 6:19:54 AMgod created us as we are do you forgert that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by the image of god? Reply this thread
HypocrisyLebene Amador | 1/31/2012 3:14:57 PMBleaching is suicide,but I don't blame bleachers.It is our hypocritical society.Those who condemn bleaching are the same people who condone it.Why are light skinned women getting all the praise and attention?Why are they'most wanted'when it comes to marriage?I know an airline that employs only light skinned cabin crew.How about that? Reply this thread
dsTWwOGxmtNBristol Airport Hotels | 4/19/2012 8:54:06 PMTmul2j Very informative post.Really looking forward to read more. Reply this thread
Nigerian need educative talk on bleachingAkintunde | 6/21/2012 1:25:21 AMThis is a good article for the Nigerians who have engage themself in bleaching and for those having it in mind..This type of seminar is highly needed in a well concentrated area such Osun(Ife),it is so common in the area please it for the better future of our beloved country......God bless Nigeria.It your boy Akin a.k.a Olubadan
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BleachZainab | 1/2/2013 10:42:10 PMI dnt knw why africans love to bleach their skin...is it nt better for you to have a tone of skin that rhyme together with other parts of your body,than to be have 1 part black and d other yellow..especially the girls..please muslims brothers and sisters never bleach your skin it is forbidden in islam...BEWARE Reply this thread
Funbact A creamneva mind | 4/11/2013 4:44:48 AMAttention plz,is funbact A cream a bleaching cream plz,nid an urgent reply nw plz? Reply this thread
Bleach is not fit for us.Hafizu shuaibu | 4/14/2013 5:09:26 PMBleaching is an extravagent, instead there is important diet which can replace bleaching cream. Reply this thread
bleachingjoel | 4/29/2013 5:26:22 PMwhy do girls who bleash always remain with the marks on toes and fingers Reply this thread
Black is beautiful and nice.Concy 4 cidy | 7/15/2013 11:30:47 AMblack is beautiful my dear Nigerians, fairer complexion cannot be achieved through bleaching our skin. We re wonderfully made by God,so we should be proud of our color. Reply this thread
CreationUzo | 9/26/2013 3:36:43 PMDz questn,is to d writer of dz article n also to those dat may b able 2 answer ma questn..Does it mean dat those pple dat God created them 2 b fair in complextion,wnt suit 2 d weather condition in nigeria,lyk d dark ones? Reply this thread
Skineal CreamPraise-EL | 3/18/2014 2:38:15 PMIs SKINEAL CREAM a bleaching cream? Because I tried using it for pimples by prescription and I started becoming lighter in complexion although it still cleared the pimples. Pls dis is to the writter of the article n anyone who cares to answer. Reply this thread
SOURCE OF THIS ARTICLEYEYE A.F.OLADE | 4/21/2014 2:36:39 PMI JUST POSTED THIS ON MY BLOG. IT IS FROM THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER.