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Skin lighteners: fashion and family still driving uptake in South Africa

Skin lighteners: fashion and family still driving uptake in South Africa

SKIN lightening products have been popular for more than 40 years among sub-Saharan African populations. But over the past decade, there appears to be an increase in use. The latest data would suggest that prevalence is as high as 72%. Authors FARZANA RAHIMAN, Lecturer, University of the Western Cape LESTER DAVIDS, Professor, Director: C2L Scientific Consulting, University of Pretoria The products, promoted by media and cosmetic houses as “pigment vanishing” or “tone lightening”, have been perceived to be beneficial. In reality, most of them can be very dangerous. This is because they are acquired illicitly and contain potent and toxic…
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