FDA Wants To Nix Skin Bleach

Who would have thought, skin-bleaching cream might cause cancer? Shocking. Johanna Neuman of The Seattle Times reports:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed Tuesday to ban over-the-counter sales of skin-lightening products, triggering a four-month comment period.

The FDA said the creams contain hydroquinone, a drug that, according to studies on rodents, shows "some evidence" of possibly causing cancer.

Citing studies in Africa dating to 1975, the FDA also noted a link between the use of creams containing hydroquinone and the development of ochronosis, which can cause darkening and thickening of the skin, yellowish bumps and gray-brown spots.

Because these creams are a huge part of the U.S. market—the FDA estimates that in the United States, about 65 companies sell more than 200 skin-bleaching products containing hydroquinone—reaction was swift.
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amber marin - September 20, 2006 11:35 PM

Have the test animals been treated topically or orally with hydroquinone and in what form and what concentration?

sherika - March 21, 2007 1:52 PM

Not all skin lightening products contain hydroquinone, though some of them completley natural bearing no side effects. Including these are Whiten Skin and Makari available at www..com

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