Side Effects of Skin Bleaching

Skin Bleaching can have many adverse side effects including but not limited to thinning of skin, Redness, Blotchiness, Irritation of skin, liver damage, cancer, etc.

Skin Bleaching can mean two things. One is when the hair on the skin is bleached to match the skin tone. The other is when the skin itself is bleached in an attempt to get a lighter skin tone. Many cultures have this concept that a lighter skin tone or a whiter complexion is considered to be more beautiful than a darker one.

However, many people who bleach their skin fail to understand that these products tend to have harsh chemicals that have adverse effects on the skin. Most of these creams contain high-dose steroids. Others might include chemicals such as hydroquinone, which are considered to be so harmful that they are banned in most countries.

Still not all skin bleaching techniques are bad. They are often used to remove unwanted moles or dark spots, but they must always be used under the care and supervision of a skin specialist or dermatologist.

Unprescribed and unneeded skin bleaching can lead to several side effects, such as but not limited to:

  • Thinning of skin, especially on the face
  • Redness
  • Blotchiness
  • Irritation of skin
  • Itching
  • Burning Sensation
  • Skin Burn
  • Rashes
  • Acne
  • Stretch marks
  • Eczema
  • Skin Allergies
  • Redness of eyes
  • Burning in the eyes
  • Cataracts
  • Setting down of fat on face, chest, upper back and stomach

Severe Side Effects:

  • Increased risk on skin cancer
  • Damage to nervous system
  • Hypertension
  • Elevated blood sugar
  • Suppression of the body’s natural steroids
  • Blue-black darkening of the skin
  • White body or facial hair, depending on the area the bleach is used
  • Dark patches of skin around the eye, called as the Bleached Panda Effect
  • Crusting of skin
  • Intolerable pain
  • Risk of liver failure
  • Risk of kidney failure
  • Increase in appetite and weight gain 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Neurological damage
  • Psychiatric disorders 
  • Severe birth defects 
  • Asthma 

Due to so many side effect to skin whitening, some more severe than other, one must really reconsider bleaching their skin, and all for the benefit of some society ideal.

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