Fairness creams have long been accused of being discriminatory and racist, but what is a lesser known fact about the million dollar industry is that they can land you with far more serious problems.
Most creams sold in the market are a dangerous cocktail of compounds like steroids, hydroquinone, and tretinoin; the long term use of which can lead to lethal health concerns likes permanent pigmentation, skin cancer, liver damage, mercury poisoning and others.
India has a thriving fairness industry and fairness creams are reportedly the most popular in the unfettered skin care market.
Yet, the formulations of these blitz products are shrouded in mystery and awareness of their hazardous effects is low.
While the stigma and the stereotypes they promote is a matter of concern, they are guilty of causing irreparable damage to the skin.
"There are plenty of cases of side effects especially among women in the age group of 20-30.
"Incidence of side effects among 14-15 year-olds is worrying too. About 30 per cent of long term users report adverse effects," said Dr Nitin Walia, consultant dermatology, Max Healthcare.
Skin lightening creams contain mainly two chemicals, hydroquinone or mercury.
"Many long term users of fairness creams report with a difficult-to-treat condition called refractory pigmentation.

So, it is better to lighten or tone your skin naturally with organic products.

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