Ivory Coast has banned skin whitening creams, which are widely used in West Africa, because of fears they cause lasting damage to health, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
“Cosmetic lightening and hygiene creams … that de-pigment the skin … are now forbidden,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The number of people with side effects caused by these medicines is really high,” said Christian Doudouko, a member of Ivory Coast’s pharmaceutical authority, warning that they could cause skin cancer.
Whitening creams have been popular for years among young African women, who see them as a way to make themselves more attractive.
The use of the creams is believed to be even more widespread in Nigeria.
While the craze is most widespread among women, some men use the creams too.
Culled from: gulfnews
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