Skin-whitening creams banned in Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire has banned skin-whitening creams because of health concerns, the health ministry says.
In a statement, the ministry said: “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 Cote d’Ivoire’s pharmaceutical authority, was quoted as saying by the AFP News Agency.
British consultant dermatologist Justine Kluk told the BBC the major concern was over unregulated products, which may contain ingredients such as mercury or excessive amounts of steroids.
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