Skin Bleaching, a new trend in South Africa? Most of Mzansi women are going out of their way to become yellow bones. According to a report by the World Health Organisation, 35% of women in the country reportedly use skin-lightening products on a regular basis.
The use of these products is also common in countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, the United States and Thailand.
In many countries, the process is done by backstreet dealers and vendors, who sell their own bleaching products and injections.
These products are supposed to remove melanin, which gives colour to hair, skin and eyes.
What many do not realise is that the use of fake skin-bleaching products has serious side effects, including skin thinning, cancer, nerve damage, anxiety and depression.
Following the report’s release, many people condemned the use of skin-bleaching products.
Some social media users said the process was foreign to Africans.
Kim Leann wrote: “I don’t care what anyone says; bleaching your beautiful black skin is a mental illness.”?
Milan Brielle posted: “Dear black beauties, bleaching does not make you any more beautiful than you are with brown skin. Your skin is beautiful.
Irregular Papiskin wrote: “Bleach skin doesn’t even look good. You look washed out and unnaturally lighter.”
MoChunks posted: “I think skin bleaching is just as bad as relaxing your hair, but at least relaxing is reversible.”