Colorism is real y’all. And unfortunately, the desire to have lighter skin has led a lot of people down the dangerous path of using skin whitening cream.
Whether you’ve spent your whole life being told that black isn’t beautiful, and lighter skin is better, or have some skin discoloration you want to clear up, it’s easy to see why you might think skin whitening cream is a good option. Think again.
Skin whitening cream might actually do what it says it will (lighten your skin), but is it worth the negative side effects? Sure, some people think ‘it must be safe if they sell it in stores,’ but that isn’t the case.
These fools will sell you ANYTHING to make a buck, and skin whitening cream is the perfect example. These creams ‘work’ by slowing the production of melanin. Hmmm, re-read that sentence one-more-gen. Slow the production of melanin?? That don’t even sound right!
We could give you an entire lecture about why you need to love the skin you’re in just the way it is (seriously, you should), but we’ll save that for another day. For now, we’ll just hip you to five major reasons why you shouldn’t use skin whitening cream.
We all know that we should read labels before we put things in our bodies, but most of us don’t take the same level of care when reading labels for things that go on our skin.
Skin whitening cream contains lots of harmful ingredients, including Mercury. This chemical can result on rashes, discoloration, and other long-term effects.
In 2013, the FDA even issued a warning advising people not to use skin whitening creams that contain mercury.
4) High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
Now y’all already know…high blood pressure and diabetes are both illnesses that frequently plague members of the Black community.
Research has shown that these are both problems you’ll have an even greater risk of developing these problems if you use skin whitening cream.
3) Darkening of the skin
Ain’t that some shit? You buy something to make your skin lighter, and it ends up having the opposite effect.
If that ain’t a sign – I don’t know what is.
Apparently, there are chemicals in many skin whitening creams that can actually result in “blue-black darkening of the skin.”
2) Thin and Sensitive Skin (Sun Damage)
We’ve already established that skin whitening cream can have your skin all kinds of jacked up.
It only gets worse. Using skin whitening cream can result in thinner skin which can ultimately lead to sun damage, acne, and skin irritation.
It’s also worth mentioning that this thin skin could result in advanced aging. To put it simply, skin whitening cream will cause your Black to crack.
I repeat. Your. Black. Will. Crack
1) Skin Cancer
By now, you’ve probably figured out that the chemicals in skin whitening cream definitely aren’t good for you. Well, research has shown that skin whitening cream can actually lead to skin cancer.
This might not be directly related to the dangers of skin whitening cream, but it’s still worth mentioning.
Not only will these creams leave you with many (if not all) of the problems we just listed; it will also leave you looking crazy! Seriously, it’s not worth it!
image via atlantablackstar.com
Now that you know why skin whitening cream isn’t the way to go…
We hope that you will seriously think twice before picking any of the products up off the shelves.
If you have any stories about skin whitening cream, be sure to share them with us in the comments.
lead image via livestrong.com