Well, this brings us to our topic for the day Skin Bleaching,

You often hear the phrase “Black Beauty” being showered on models or individuals in society, it is easy to pass it off as trivial but a critical look exposes a deep belief that beauty in a dark skinned person is worth highlighting.

In recent times we have realized that quite a number of people have taken to the trend of skin bleaching, which is particularly rampant amongst women.

Skin bleaching also known as skin whitening or lightening is the use of chemical substances in an attempt to lighten the skin.

Psychologically speaking, dark skin or blacks tend to feel not up to par in beauty to the average light-skinned individual, which is the main reason why they add black to their comment of beautiful but dark skinned individual.

This state of mind can be regarded as the embedded or hidden reason behind a large number of individuals bleaching, majority of whom are women. Dark skin ladies tend to slightly alter their complexion (bleach) to enhance their beauty in a sense of this flawed belief.

In other instances the decision to bleach is never made by the individual but happens mainly because of skin beauty products that the dark skinned consumer is unaware contains skin altering chemicals. Without knowing, a wide range of individuals would attribute the product to one that “glow” their skin playing the ignorant card of actually bleaching. 

Let’s now delve into the effects of skin bleaching or skin whitening. Research says, skin whitening reduces the concentration or production of melanin in the skin. Melanin is a pigment produced by cells called melanocytes, it’s said that people with dark skin have the most melanin.

Scarring, abnormalities in a new born baby if bleaching products are  used during pregnancy, thinning of the skin, visible blood vessels in the skin just to mention a few are all effects of skin bleaching.

Studies say, there is no health benefit to bleaching. When you apply a skin bleaching product to the skin such as hydroquinone, it decreases the number of melanocytes in your skin.

Some individuals go as far as taking on professional treatments like chemical peels and laser therapy just to lighten their skins while others go for the less intense ones like bleaching creams, soaps and pills. How sad that people especially women think that bleaching is the new normal.

I do not know what would make a beautiful, bold, intelligent, confident, smart and above all dark skinned lady want to bleach her God given skin, be you and find beauty and elegance in your skin be sure to be comfortable in your own skin and be ready to accept your skin tone first before society does because that way you will not be easily washed away by what society says.

No one is supposed to go to the extreme measures of what society approves to be Beauty Standards, what is society anyway. Is society not us? Dare to be different, dare to be you and dare to be black beauty.