Written by Staff Writer
09 May, 2015 | 3:01 pm
The Health ministry says that Ivory Coast has banned skin-whitening creams because of health concerns.
It says “cosmetic lightening and hygiene creams, that de-pigment the skin are now forbidden”.
Whitening creams have been popular for years among young women – and some men – across Africa, who believe they make them more beautiful.
But medical experts say they may cause cancer, diabetes, severe skin conditions and other diseases.
“The number of people with side-effects caused by these medicines is really high,” Christian Doudouko, a member of Ivory Coast’s pharmaceutical authority, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
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