According to a survey report from AL Jazeera, Nigeria has the world’s highest percentage of women using skin lightening agents in the quest for “beauty”.
Lightening creams are not effectively regulated in Nigeria where even roadside vendors sell tubes and plastic bags of powders and ointments from cardboard boxes stacked along sidewalks in market districts. Many of the tubes are unlabelled as to their actual ingredients. This let many to bleaching without even knowing what will happen to their skin sooner or later. For Nigerians only abide to force.
Some of these side effects could be seen almost immediately while some are seen after prolonged use of skin whitening creams.
Credit: AL Jazeera and India Parenting