Side effects of skin bleaching

In some of the parts of the world, it is believed that light and pale skinned people portray beauty, richness and success, while dark complexioned people are considered below standard: hence, many people opt for skin whitening or bleaching creams, pills and other products.

… It is a false that is jeopardising your health because being light or dark complexioned does not give you fortune: what you do with your minds, creativity and hands is what fetches you something to build fortune in life.

 Studies reveal that most of the young boys and girls prefer using skin whitening products so that they get a good status in their group, family and society. In fact, the commercials shown on the television portray the same thing. All these things have a great impact on the minds of young men and women and they opt for whatever cream or pill they can afford – just to bleach their skins.

“Using chemical bleaches for whitening and bleaching skin can cause harm to your skin in the long run. Therefore, it is essential to use natural remedies for having clean and flawless skin.”[1]

Everyone, regardless of being a man or woman, wants to have a flawless and smooth skin tone. Skin bleaching is a good option to get rid of the black spots or any other type of spots on skin. But, skin whitening options have become very complicated these days and there are plenty of options available in the market leaving the customers confused.

Although skin bleaching or whitening could be a good option for getting rid of dark spots or skin discolouration, the process is not free from side effects. Some of the products are rather very harmful and are capable of causing skin cancer too. Therefore, it is very important that you find out the side effects of skin bleaching before you opt for the whitening of your skin.

Harmful Effects of Skin Whitening or Bleaching

Bleaching is, in fact, a process in which the hair on the skin is bleached to match with the actual skin tone. However, the side effects include:

  1. Dark grey spots.
  2. Skin cancer.
  3. Acne.
  4. Swelling of the skin.
  5. Thinning of the skin.
  6. Cataracts.
  7. Setting down of fat on face, chest, upper back and stomach.
  8. Increase in appetite and weight gain.
  9. Osteoporosis.
  10. Neurological and kidney damage due to high level of mercury used in the creams.
  11. Psychiatric disorders.
  12. Severe birth defects.
  13. Asthma.
  14. Liver damage.

Some of these side effects could be seen almost immediately while some are seen after prolonged use of skin whitening creams.


[1] India Parenting, Side Effects of Skin Bleaching.

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