The Dangers of Skin Lightening Cream
When perusing the health and beauty aisle of your local supermarket or beauty supply store in Cambodia and other parts of Asia like India and Thailand, it’s common to see row upon row of skin lightening and whitening creams, lotions, and foams. These popular products are not a new addition to beauty rituals and celebrities, models, and peers alike are sharing their success stories and parading artificially lightened skin, believing it to be attractive. The idea that lighter is better has obviously caught on with an estimated $18 billion USD spent per year on whitening products in Asia alone. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to the skin lightening industry that many have turned a blind eye. The phrase “pain is beauty” may be the perfect tag line for these lightening systems, but it is not so beautiful when the user is suffering from poisoning or worse, dead.