The pursuit of beauty: skin whitening in Senegal

Use of skin lightening creams and other cosmetics among Senegalese women has reached epidemic levels, despite the proliferation of medical warnings about how dangerous can be like. Dermatologists in Dakar believe that more than half of women in the Senegalese capital are now using these creams to lighten the skin, and call for a ban on the import of these funds, because they are dangerous to health.

Bleaching creams and lotions can only be bought at street markets and shops and pharmacies located on the main street of the capital of Senegal. In the photo: a typical dark-skinned senegalka keeps your photos with lighter skin, which she made after the use of special lightening cosmetic funds.

Dependent fashion image senegalki argue that a pale skin makes them stand out from the crowd, and the majority of Senegalese men say they prefer women with lighter skin. In the photo: a dermatologist in Dakar holds photos of some consequences of the use of funds for skin whitening. She says that people are aware of the risk, but continue to use these products, and then come to her with the consequences.

Some say that this fashion - a legacy of white colonialism, because Senegal - a former French colony. Others believe that it is simply the influence of fashion. In the photo: woman buying bleach at the store, offering beauty equipment and materials. Most of these funds - are illegal.

Experts confirmed that most of the products used for skin whitening, contain powerful steroids, hydroquinone, and sometimes even mercury.


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