Complications of chronic use of skin lightening cosmetics

@article{Olumide2008ComplicationsOC,
  title={Complications of chronic use of skin lightening cosmetics},
  author={Yetunde Mercy Olumide and Ayesha O. Akinkugbe and Dan Altraide and Tahir Mohammed and Ngozi Ahamefule and S Ayanlowo and Chinwe 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… 
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