To say that skin bleaching is a scourge in Ghana is an understatement of the highest proportions. Everyone and their mother are now partaking in it, especially our so-called celebrities and many other ladies who have internalized the dangerous narrative that black is not beautiful.
Bleaching is actually dangerous which is why it’s more baffling that some people feel they have to do it to their bodies; but it’s clear that people are ready to take risks if they feel they are warranted.
Recently the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) banned some chemicals often used in bleaching creams, ordering companies whose creams contain such chemicals to recall them from the market.
The chemicals are mercury, hydroquinone and steroids, and some of the products affected include Zoe Peau Sublime Beauty Lotion, Zoe Peau Sublime Face Corrective Cream and Beauty Clinic Whitening Lotion, all by IVO Ghana Limited, Dodo Beauty Lightening Lotion by Magic Dodo Limited, Bioskin Lightening Body Lotion by Paradise Cosmetics Limited, among others.
Reacting to the ban, Ama K. Abebrese, who is one of the Ghanaian actresses who hasn’t defiled her body with bleaching creams, has called for companies who make such products to be punished.
“I think this is a great initiative on the part of the FDA. They are making the public aware of these harmful products that are readily sold across the country.” she said.
“My question is; now that these companies and their harmful products have been highlighted what sanctions, if at all will these companies face for selling or distributing these products in the country?
“I do think that there should be repercussions on these companies as they are breaking the law as far as Ghana’s ban on skin bleaching ingredients like hydroquinone. The law needs to be work on this,” she added.