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J Travel Med. 2014 Jul-Aug;21(4):282-7. doi: 10.1111/jtm.12106. Epub 2014 Mar 11.

The practice of skin-bleaching for a cosmetic purpose in immigrant communities.

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Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Pasteur, Colmar, France.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Using skin-lightening compounds for a cosmetic purpose that are normally restricted to medical use or forbidden has become a world-wide practice. Complications are numerous. Immigrant communities often import their practice from their original country.

METHODS:

A review of the literature on the subject of complications of cosmetic skin-bleaching, with special focus on data concerning immigrants originating from highly endemic countries, was conducted.

RESULTS:

Complications of cosmetic skin-bleaching are common, involving mainly the skin although some general complications are also reported with a growing incidence.

CONCLUSION:

The high frequency of this practice, added to the frequency of various complications, suggests it might be considered as a genuine public health problem currently.

PMID:
24612323
DOI:
10.1111/jtm.12106
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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