Why you must stay away from bleaching cream- Dermatologists

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Adeyemi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that bleached skin under the pretext of beautifying it was prone to skin cancer, hypertension, and diabetics among other diseases.

NAN reports that several people were in the habit of applying various body creams on their skins to make them look more beautiful without considering their negative effects.

He said that skin-lightning creams used in bleaching process contained steroid and hydroquinone which could adversely affect human skins.

“The steroid they use cause accumulation of fluid in the body which can cause cushioned syndrome. In this case, they can become hypertensive and end up having renal problem.

“A lot of things ranging from the skin effect to systemic effect, affect people who are using hydroquinone.

“When they tone, what happens is that some of these products especially the hydroquinone that is inside the product basically suppresses the melanin production.

“It makes sure that the skin thickness is thinned out. The strength of the skin is what actually thins out which is the dermis because the skin has three layers.

“The dermis has the strength of about 95 per cent on its own.

“When hydroquinone is used, the dermis is what thins out, meaning that the structural support of the skin will gradually be lost,’’ he said.

The dermatologist said that those who engaged in bleaching risked their nails turning brown and were prone to suffering from body odour.

They were liable to profuse sweat, hot feelings and discomfort during the dry season, he said.

Adeyemi explained to NAN that the original skin of every human being was for body protection, adding that such skin would lose its immunity to protect the body once bleached.

He advised those who used skin toner or bleaching creams to see a professional aesthetic medicine physician, dermatologist on how to manage their skins.

Another dermatologist,  Mrs Oluwatobi Adeyemo, also said  that bleaching could be very dangerous to the human skins.

She said that bleachers were prone to infection due to the compositions of the bleaching cream.

Adeyemo said that for any injury on the skin of a bleaching person would almost become impossible to heal because the skin had become weak.

“Even when they have an open wound and it is taken to the hospital, it might be difficult for the wound to close up.

“Bleaching creams make the vein so obvious that you can almost see them through the skin, compared to the people who have thick dermis, it makes the knuckles darker.’’

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