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Skin lighteners: fashion and family still driving uptake in South Africa

By Farzana Rahiman, Lecturer, University of the Western Cape
Lester Davids, Professor, Director: C2L Scientific Consulting, University of Pretoria
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Skin lightening products have been popular for more than 40 years among sub-Saharan African populations. But over the past decade, there appears to be an increase in use. The latest data would suggest that prevalence is as high as 72%.

The products, promoted by media and cosmetic houses as “pigment vanishing” or “tone lightening”, have been perceived to be beneficial. In reality,…The Conversation


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