Yesterday, Nigerian drummer, Aralola Olumuyiwa, aka `Ara’ called on the Federal Government to place a ban on the sales and use of skin-lightening products in the country.
According to her, skin-lightening soaps and cosmetics would always have future health implications on their users.
This is coming after the Government of Rwanda ban the products in their country.
“This is a good development which should be replicated in Nigeria.
“We have seen many people who had developed skin cancer, irritation and other ailments as a result of using skin-lightening products.
“The Federal Government should work on this and ensure that most of these products are not produced in the country and ban its importation as well.
“This may not eradicate its usage but will definitely minimize it.
“People who use these dangerous products do not bear the brunt alone but it also affects their loved ones when users begin to feel the effects of the cream or soap,’’ she said.
Also, a medical practitioner, Dr Ayopo Adeyemi, said that
“Bleaching of the skin is dangerous because it always has various adverse effects on the health of those doing it.
“We must stop using creams with dangerous chemicals and go for moisturizers, instead,” she said.
According to her, skin bleaching causes burning or redness; skin diseases; liver and kidney damages among others.