Vanguard (Lagos)

16 January 2013

Nigeria: Bleaching Products Can Cause Infertility, Kidney Failure, Others - Experts Warn

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The vague fight against the ignorance of skin bleaching among Nigerians has received yet another boost as Bunmi Ogunmoyero launches her campaign "Love the Skin You Are In".

Medical experts have have warned Nigerians on the dangers of using bleaching products.

Dr Akinlolu Siyanbola, a dermatologist at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Hospital, Osogbo, and Dr Abimbola Ibrahim in their separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo, maintained that consistent usage of bleaching products over a long period could lead to kidney failure, cancer and infertility.

According to Dr Siyanbola, consistent usage of bleaching products over a long period could make the kidney to fail, and could cause diabetes.

He explained that bleaching products could also cause osteoporosis (loss of bone density), psychiatric manifestation and systemic hypertension among other ailments.

The dermatologist said that bleaching products contain chemical agents that reduce the activities of the natural cell which protects the skin from the adverse effects of sunlight.

The agents, he said, change the skin to occhronus manifested in different colours of the body.

In his reaction, Dr Abimbola Ibrahim, disclosed that people who use bleaching products may end up being infertile.

Ibrahim said products lighten the skin and cause it to lose its natural protective barrier, making it to be vulnerable.

The medical expert added that infection spreads faster and broader, thus leading to skin cancer.

While noting that the hydroxyl quinolone results in body odour, he advised Nigerians to maintain their natural skin.

Ibrahim however, called on the regulatory agencies to control the sale of chemical agents in the interest of public health. (NAN)

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