Ghana To Ban Skin Bleaching Creams Next Year

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Ghana is making moves towards banning skin lightening creams in the country.

Actually, its irritating and beyond insult when one who is dark and proud walks past a shop with a poster glorifying light skinned as if it is more of a compliment to one’s already beautiful skin tone.

This seem to be a good news to Ghanians, but why not now? If Ghanian government has finally agree to do away with skin bleaching why not put a stamp and make it effective right away? Perhaps I can see that election is fast approaching and has began. Who knows. Most important is to get rid of it.

Besides most ladies who attempt to look light skinned with these products only end up look far worst and they are very well of it. However there are also large numbers of women who may apply these creams but in little shades so it might not be so obvious. The bottom line is get rid if it, but most importantly, the propaganda that fools them to think that skin lightening is better. See the new below reported StarrFMonline.com.

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has served notice of an imminent ban on cosmetic products containing skin bleaching ingredient, hydroquinone.

The ban, which takes effect from August 2016, is in accordance with a directive from the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA).

James Lartey, Head of communications at the FDA who disclosed this at a public forum in Ho, noted that his outfit currently permits, products that contain up to 2 percent hydroquinone into the Ghanaian market.

But from August 2016, such products will not be permitted based on a new regulation set by the Ghana Standard Authority.

Skin-lightening creams are on display, on March 18, 2015 at a beauty shop in Nairobi. The product is mostly targeting dark women who want to look lighter and old ones seeking to look younger. Unlike in India where lightening creams are very common, in Kenya, skin lightening is generally done in small backstreet venues. Experts believe it's on the rise, and warn of the dangers of unregulated black market treatments. Skin-lightening treatments in various compounds have been popular in Africa, Asia and the Middle East since the 1930s, and one brand, Fair and Lovely, is now one of the most popular formulas in the world. Owned by Unilever, it claims to 'synergistically lighten skin color through a process that is natural, reversible and completely safe.' AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA        (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Concerning skin lightening products, we are saying that from August 2016, all products containing hydroquinone will not be allowed into the country. From 2016 the acceptance for skin lightening products is going to be zero,” Lartey told Starr News’s Lambert Atsivor in an interview.

Hydroquinone products are marketed for their skin-lightening properties in Asian and African cosmetics markets, according to the U.S Food and Drugs Administration.

But a research conducted revealed that hydroquinone may act as a carcinogen or cancer-causing chemical, hence its ban in the European Union, Japan, Australia and the United States, a couple of years ago.

Source: fashionghana

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