skin-bleaching cream might cause cancer? Shocking. Johanna Neuman of The Seattle Times reports:Who would have thought,
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.