Since Rwanda announced its ban on bleaching agents, the debate over bleaching agents in other African countries was trigged. South Africa banned skin lightening products with mercury while Nigeria has the Melanin movement which advocates for natural kin color.
On Sunday 17,2019 night a program aired on Citizen TV stirred more debate on social media over the use and effects of bleaching products.
Boy child has been wailing over not knowing the real skin color of girl child. Hold on now, the government has banned bleaching products. Now you will know the person behind the “brown mask”
Revelations made include skin lightening products that have been banned by the government for containing mercury and its compounds.
Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has listed creams, gels and liquid products which, when used unregulated, have cancer-causing effects.
The products which most people go for in a bid to lighten their skin despite the known side effects are acquired in beauty shops along River Road.
The pills have no KEBS sticker and proper expiration date and the cream is also in an unlabelled container. Also available is a yellowish fluid which is used for injections.
The ‘mkorogo’ mixture identified as a perfumed body cream is found to contain high quantities of hydroquinone – a banned carcinogenic agent.
Listen to a vendor who upon selling the product issued a warning.