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Bull Soc Pathol Exot. 2003 Jan;96(5):389-93.

[Cosmetic use of skin depigmentation products in Africa].

[Article in French]

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Service des maladies infectieuses et dermatologie, Hôpital Bonnet, 83660, Fréjus, France.


The use of skin lightening products represents a real social phenomenon in many Sub-Saharan African countries. A few studies have been published on this subjects. An important proportion of the adult female population, estimated between 25 and 67% uses regularly and daily these creams. Today the products used are mainly dermocorticosteroids and hydroquinone. Their use over a long period of time is responsible for many cutaneous side effects mainly acne, pigmentary disorders, stretch marks and cutaneous infections. Systemic side effects have recently been reported, mainly related to the use of corticosteroids. The necessary control of the products by the local health authorities remains difficult.

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