Skin lightening: causes and complications

  title={Skin lightening: causes and complications},
  author={Mary Sommerlad},
  journal={Clinical and Experimental Dermatology},
  • M. Sommerlad
  • Published 12 October 2021
  • Medicine
  • Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Skin bleaching, also known as skin lightening, is the deliberate lightening of an individual's skin tone without medical supervision. The causes are complex, multifactorial and often intertwined, although the unifying themes centre around a belief that lighter skin denotes an individual of higher status, socioeconomic background or physical beauty, than their darker‐skinned counterpart. Skin lightening is achieved using agents that block the production of melanin and often contain drugs such as… 



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