A Lagos-based dermatologist, Dr Olayinka Adeyemi, on Wednesday warned people against applying body creams capable of causing skin bleaching.
Adeyemi told newsmen in Lagos that bleached skin under the pretext of beautifying it was prone to skin cancer, hypertension, and diabetics among other diseases.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that several people were in the habit of applying various body creams on their skins to make them look more beautiful without considering their negative effects.
He said that skin-lightning creams used in bleaching process contained steroid and hydroquinone which could adversely affect human skins.
“The steroid they use cause accumulation of fluid in the body which can cause cushioned syndrome. In this case, they can become hypertensive and end up having renal problem.
“A lot of things ranging from the skin effect to systemic effect, affect people who are using hydroquinone.
“When they tone, what happens is that some of these products especially the hydroquinone that is inside the product basically suppresses the melanin production.
“It makes sure that the skin thickness is thinned out. The strength of the skin is what actually thins out which is the dermis because the skin has three layers.
“The dermis has the strength of about 95 per cent on its own.
“When hydroquinone is used, the dermis is what thins out, meaning that the structural support of the skin will gradually be lost.”
The dermatologist said that those who engaged in bleaching risked their nails turning brown and were prone to suffering from body odour. They were liable to profuse sweat, hot feelings and discomfort during the dry season, he said.
Adeyemi explained to newsmen that the original skin of every human being was for body protection, adding that such skin would lose its immunity to protect the body once bleached.
“We are naturally protected by the original skin; a bleached skin is prone to cancer and other diseases because the chemical used would have removed the immunity from the skin.
“People need to be educated on how to take care of their original skin colour from birth. “God has a reason for creating us the way it pleases him; we must cherish our skin, be it black, caramel, or light complexion.
“It is lack of contentment and understanding that makes some people use various means to change their skin complexion,” he said He advised those who used skin toner or bleaching creams to see a professional aesthetic medicine physician, dermatologist on how to manage their skins.
He urged people to always use ordinary soap and cream on their skin.