Hello, it’s me! These past years, I noticed an increasing statistic of ‘team laiskeen’ girls in Nigeria. Well, the parts of Nigeria I’ve visited. There has also been an increase in the number of adverts that read “get your desired skin tone in 1 week!”. Wawuuu!!! Such amaze!!!.
If you have considered or are considering bleaching your skin. Ditch that thought! If you have bleached your skin, stop bleaching and start nourishing it as much as you can.
Melanin is the pigment that gives the skin it’s dark colour and it is this pigment that protects the skin from the harmful effect of UV rays from the sun. The process of skin bleaching reduces the concentration or completely inhibits the production of melanin (very strong bleaching procedures will do this). Now let me paint a mental picture; imagine melanin is some form of PPE (personal protective equipment) that shields you from hazards of your job, attending to your job without the appropriate PPE can cause havoc right? Yeah, so is stripping your skin of its oh-so-precious melanin pigment. It’s like you fixing a transformer with your bare hands (no rubber gloves, boots and such). Okay, the mental picture painted.
I can imagine so many dangers caused by skin bleaching and it makes me cringe every time I see someone who has bleached so much.
Before I talk about the dangers, let me talk about the unsightly physical side effects.
Multiple pigmentations: Some areas of the body are really hard to bleach due to the “hard” skin in such areas such as the knuckles, toes, elbows, knees, etc. This is very unsightly and it makes these skin bleached individuals feel very self-conscious. So why bother?
Sunburn: I’m sure you have also noticed how incredibly sun burnt people eventually get when they bleach their skin. I have seen a lot of people who eventually turn pink or reddish and their skin gets so wrinkled because it has lost all its elasticity. They eventually end up looking older than they really are.
Thinning of skin: Due to the bleaching process which gradually eliminates the epidermal layer of the skin ( this is the outer surface of the skin), the skin thins out and loses its elasticity. With thinning of the skin comes premature wrinkling, stretch marks and varicose veins. In cases where such individuals have to undergo surgery, it can lead to death due to the thinness of the skin which makes suturing either really hard or impossible.
There are dangers which are more severe and can threaten the health of skin bleached individuals such as skin cancer, osteoporosis, adrenal gland disorders and other health problems associated with poisonous substances which bleaching creams contain. The black skin colour is healthy and beautiful. Do not bleach it ugly and walk around looking like you just saw a ghost. If you must lighten your skin, do it naturally with ingredients such as papaya, milk, yoghurt, honey, lemon, cucumber, etc, which contain antioxidants. They lighten the skin by replacing dead skin cells with new ones and make your skin glow naturally.