Complications of chronic use of skin lightening cosmetics

@article{Olumide2008ComplicationsOC,
  title={Complications of chronic use of skin lightening cosmetics},
  author={Y. Olumide and A. Akinkugbe and Dan Altraide and T. Mohammed and Ngozi Ahamefule and S. Ayanlowo and C. Onyekonwu and Nyomudim Essen},
  journal={International Journal of Dermatology},
  year={2008},
  volume={47}
}
Skin lightening (bleaching) cosmetics and toiletries are widely used in most African countries. The active ingredients in these cosmetic products are hydroquinone, mercury and corticosteroids. Several additives (conconctions) are used to enhance the bleaching effect. Since these products are used for long duration, on a large body surface area, and under hot humid conditions, percutaneous absorption is enhanced. The complications of these products are very serious and are sometimes fatal. Some… Expand
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