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Female Health Personnel Condemn Skin Bleaching 

By Leocadia Bongben

CameroonPostline.com — Female personnel of the Ministry of Health have condemned bleaching; the use of oils to change skin colour, a common phenomenon adapted by women with some men joining the band wagon. This is among the many campaigns they are carrying out ahead of the International Women’s Day to be celebrated on March 8.

The Health personnel joined the Ministry of Women Empowerment in a week-long exhibition at the May 20 Avenue to carry out their sensitisation. Marcelline Nnana, personnel of the Pharmacy and Drugs and Laboratories Unit said skin lightening with products like hydroquinone and mercury among others provokes abnormal fat.

Persons who bleach smell even when they wash and cannot withstand the sun because their melanin has been removed; they are exposed to diseases such as eczemas, skin cancers, mycosis and wounds which do not heal easily because the skin is fragile, Nnana said. To stop this practice, Nnana advised that such persons should consult dermatologists or stop immediately and assume their natural colour even if they become darker.

The challenge is how to ensure that the oils no longer have hydroquinone, mercury or other agents that are already banned in some countries. Quality control is not yet carried out on the rubbing oils to ensure that they are free of bleaching agents, an area the Ministry of Health intends to focus on in its move to stop skin lightening.

First published in The Post print edition no 01511

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