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Nigerian Association of Dermatology President Advises Women Against Use of Lightening Creams




Bola Ogunbiyi, President, Nigerian Association of Dermatology, has advised Nigerians against the use of skin lightening cream popularly known as `toning cream’, saying it is harmful to our health.

Ogunbiyi gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the application of such creams to the skin has adverse effect on the internal organs.

She explained that whenever such cream was applied on the skin it is absorbed into the body damaging the internal organs like the pancreas and adrenal organs, among others.

The president identified adverse effect of such practices as hypertension and diabetes, among others, adding that manifestation of that effect would not be immediate but years later.

However, she advised Nigerians to desist from such practices in the name of beauty at the detriment of their health and life.

Ogunbiyi stressed that a lot of people spent huge sum of money on toning agent at the expense of their health and stomach.

“A lot of skin lightening agents are extremely dangerous. People have a wrong notion that once you apply anything on your skin it ends on the skin. Steroid the commonest thing people uses to bleach today get absorbed into the body and affect major organs like the pancreas, adrenals and at the end such people begin to have Hypertension, diabetes, among others,’’ she said.

She warned that the use of such skin lightening agent causes damages to the skin years after and most time users do not relate that habit to their health challenges.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. yellow sisi

    September 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    They won’t hear,let the government ban those products abeg.I wish my yoruba friend would read this post,you can see all the rainbow colours in her skin.

  2. Fred

    September 28, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Only if they would listen, in the name looking porched and to attract customers…

  3. ElessarisEllendil

    September 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    ????????? The bleaching cream companies advertise more than the dermatologists so the only way forward is less talking, more banning!

  4. ATL's finest

    September 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Na today? They wouldn’t hear.. Dark skin chics are now yellow pawpaw & light skin chics just became snow white smh.. My Era will be endorsing Cancer cuz when I see some folks in my age group, I weep for them.. I don’t know they reason folks bleach. Due to low self esteem or what but whatever it is, if I were to be a guy I definitely wouldn’t date /marry anyone like that.. Everyone should be comfy in there own skin.

  5. ATL's finest

    September 28, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Lmao!!! That’s d problem.. If E no b panadol, e no fit be panadol

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