Somaliland: What are the Long Term Effects of Bleaching

Bleached hands

Somalilandsun: Skin bleaching refers to the use of products to lighten dark areas of the skin or achieve an overall lighter complexion.

These products include bleaching creams, soaps, and pills, as well as professional treatments like chemical peels and laser therapy.

In Somaliland around 60% (empirically) of girls especially  dark skinned ones aged between 15-25 bleach thier skins for purposes of turning light colour, said to be the best for grabbing an affluent husband (Read from the diaspora)

But have we put out information about the negative effects of this excercise especially as pertains to long term health.

So below a few facts
When people bleach their skin these products work for them, but the hands will definitely be telling you a different story. The hand will remain showing the people of who you used to be .
Possible risks of skin-lightening creams containing hydroquinone, corticosteroids or mercury include:

Almost all these bleaching products are illegal worldwide but available over the counter in Somaliland
  • Skin turning dark or too light.

  • Thinning of the skin.

  • Visible blood vessels in the skin.

  • Scarring.

  • Kidney, liver or nerve damage.

  • Abnormalities in a newborn baby (if used during pregnancy).

Bleached skin turns colour and blood veins become visible to the minute

Other reasons why people bleach their skin is to “establish a relationship, eradicate racial discrimination, deal with an inferiority complex, affect body modification, achieve emancipation from slavery, and promote prostitution and fashion.