Bleaching is, in fact, a process in which the hair on the skin is bleached to match with the actual skin tone.
In some of the parts of the world, it is believed that light and pale skinned people portray beauty, richness and success as well. In some parts, dark complexioned people are considered below standard and so people opt for skin whitening or bleaching creams, pills and other products. However, the side effects are:
- Dark grey spots
- Skin cancer
- Swelling of the skin
- Thinning of the skin
- Setting down of fat on face, chest, upper back and stomach
- Increase in appetite and weight gain
- Neurological and kidney damage due to high level of mercury used in the creams
- Psychiatric disorders
- Severe birth defects
- Liver damage
Some of these side effects could be seen almost immediately while some are seen after prolonged use of skin whitening creams.