By Nomali Cele
For Breakfast with David, Kaya News reporter, Lindi Sirame complied a report on skin bleaching in South Africa and its health implications. A growing number of South Africans have tried to lighten their complexion and the ease with which skin bleaching products are available, we have a problem. Speaking to Sirame, Noxolo Khahlana highlights that the prevalence of colourism in the country, especially as it applies to the corporate world, might be the reason most young people would turn to skin bleaching. Skin bleaching in South Africa, sadly, has been championed by popular and famous figures who never mention its dangers.
With ingredients such as hydroquinone, corticosteroids or mercury, it’s no wonder skin lightening has a laundry list of effects. The milder of effects include skin getting darker and visible and irritations and severe effects include thinning skin, visible blood vessels, kidney, liver or nerve damage and cancers in some cases. Skin bleaching is applying, injecting or ingesting poison and the effects are bound to take a toll on the entire body. listen to Lindi Sirame’s report below.