Research Into The Causes & Effects of The Use of illegal Skin Bleaching Products
The use of Illegal skin bleaching products/ substances to eradicate the melanin from the skin is a practice effecting the African, Caribbean and also Asian communities, This is by no means a new phenomena, its roots are steeped in historical references. As early as 1400-1500, when African communities were kidnapped from their continents of origin, enslaved by Europeans nations: This served to provide forced free labour, and removal of raw materials mass production of goods which were shipped to America & Europe . This global phenomena was extremely beneficial to sustain and escalate industrial development in various kingdoms of Europe, the colonies and individuals. :- Specifically The fuelling of the industrial revolution and underdevelopment of the peoples of the colonies in Africa, and the Caribbean creating (neo colonialism) and other isms which are thriving today .. The captive populations were forced to accept the Foreign Empires as their sovereigns, these mechanisms operated, instrumented racist colour codes, using tribal differences also tribal distinctions of divide and rule: Our enslaved Ancestars were controlled by systematic torture & consistent punishments. There were no human rights, no dignity, African nations treated worse than animals, stated in the laws as inferior, as chattel..property :- subjugated to horrific torture ,including psychological methods to instrument self hate, and loyalty to the “Master”:
The following links below provides evidence of some of the methods: @ The Jim Crow Museum
1.”Blackening Up” served to ridicule and humiliate Africans by using derogatory images to promote Racist Offensive Caricatures of Africans later o the media would be the main driver of negative images of Africans: See below
2.Media Advertising & Campaigns
The video links below highlights the situation currently in Jamaica, where generations of families, are practising skin bleaching, although Jamaica is not an isolated case, we are facing a pandemic of the use of banned dangerous skin substances, used to eradicate the melanin from our skin, causing serious health problems, which in some cases can be fatal. Perceived Results are not sustainable, causing many serious health conditions, Cancer of the Skin, Liver Failure, to name 2 of the many. My report also sought out ideals of race and beauty to further establish If bias media displayed in advertising, contribute to further the impacts of racism, historically and currently, does the influence still contribute to subjective attitudes and behaviour.
3.The advertisement below you may surmise is a sign of the times “1950 poster advertisement”with overt subjective connotations, of inferiority indicating dark skin is not desirable, advertising products containing double strength bleaching cream. “Nadinola” cancer causing Hydroquinone
You may be horrified to find these illegal substances can still be purchased over the shelf from shops and more so on the internet, especially in the localities where Africans live. Subject to much debate, it was interesting to ascertain that use is not confined by class or poverty, on the contrary it delves much closer than skin deep: Considering that such dangerous chemicals are added claiming to be beauty products, is alarming . One would expect Governments would be concerned as health and safety should have a duty of care to the public health awareness. However ,At the time that my research was published, it was only the Jamaican Government, who launched a poster campaign back in 2007 called “Don’t Kill The Skin” attempting to action change In skin bleaching behaviour,unfortunately was unable to curb the use, In fact The abuse has escalated.
4. The video link below, demonstrates the situation in Jamaica, where use has become a Intergenerational pandemic.
5. Reported case study of damage to skin “Carlene’s Story”
There is very little information about the benefits of melanin in the public domain, but, were you aware there are annual scientific conferences in Europe whom experiment on its qualities . The Pan -African world also hosts annual conferences in America embracing the benefits : Books have also been written on the topic By African Scholars . The book below In particular on the rejuvenating properties of melanin has become the bible for enthusiasts
Melanin: The Chemical Key to Black Greatness – Carol Barnes … and has caused some controversy, the link below provides additional information:
Should Illegal Skin Bleaching Product Traffickers acquire custodial sentences? Watch Exposed below!!”
15.When Colour is more than skin deep for young African-American women attempting to define themselves
What are your views so far
17.Dangers of using banned skin bleaching products:
These Illegal products contain toxic chemicals such as Mercury, Hydroquinone, Tretinoin and other melanin suppressors, after prolonged use, can irreversibly damage the skin, and ultimately cause liver failure is linked to the development of Cancer, irreparable collagen damage,depression and psychological problems , water retention ect:- Prescription only medicines can be obtained without prescriptions over the counter or on line . Users may add other home made concoctions: Hair straightening chemicals ” Creamy Crack” Household bleach, prescription medication, all mixed up, in an effort to achieve the removal of dark pigmentation on the surface skin the melanin. The fact that Dangerous chemicals are Masquerading as beauty products is a serious cause for concern. More concerning the lack of information that highlights the dangers, is absent from health promotions, are the health services aware about how this abuse manifests itself on practisers, and what the symptoms are..
Although selling such dangerous poisons are banned from sale, these chemicals are easily available to buy in the localities of most Black communities, local markets and more so on line.. we have been alerted to this fact : Skin Bleaching Trafficking is a local and global issue, its a very lucrative business, and although Africans are not the main traffickers, we are becoming the majority of consumers. “The research has also revealed, some practisers are using these poisons on their children”!
18. A campaign has been be initiated (link below) to raise awareness & highlight the dangers, In order to find solutions we need to operate Collective Community Responsibility: C.C.R and asking the following pertinent questions:
How can we stop the damaging cycle of skin bleaching abuse .. noted this may be a generational issue , so what are our views of the practice being used on children? What would/could you do about it. Could Education could be the key?
Do you have similar health concerns In your community and If so what Is being developed to advise and educate communities and alert the public about the dangers? If there are health campaigns in your locality, how successful are they? Do health care specialists such as hospitals and clinic have awareness of the symptoms that present and manifest usage, are there examples of good practice?
Who has the duty of care to protect the public from dangerous chemicals which are banned from sale and who has the power to influence change In policy to ensure that consistent trafficking of illegal chemicals receives custodial remedies for consistent offenders? This includes health promotion campaigns, to advise, educate, inform and support, there Is a need for dermatology services Health Watch also other health initiatives with responsibility for public health concerns supporting community let initiatives to advocate, and find solutions to this serious issue.
19.What are our expectations for actions and engagement in multi agency partnerships to address the concerns reported in the research results as equal partners? Education is a key element.
The Video below shows the transformation of Black skinned women who are promoted as “idols” drastically changing what they are naturally. Some using dangerous pills , treatments,skin peels and other chemicals to present a Washed out version of their former selves , which appeases the media depiction of beauty ….take a look at the video and do post your views. Is it Mentracide?
What are you thoughts on the video?
How about this Guardian Article ?
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