Nigeria: According to a CNN report, Nigerian women are the highest consumers of skin-whitening creams in Africa.
Skin lightening creams, also known as skin brightening creams, are designed to lighten skin color.
They work by decreasing the skin’s level of melanin, which is a pigment produced by skin cells and determines how light or dark our skin appears.
These products can be used as a spot treatment or for a lighter complexion overall.
Statistics drawn by CNN ranked Nigeria as the top consumer of oils.
According to the data, 75 percent of women in Nigeria patronize whitening products.
The second in consumption are Senegalese women at 60 percent, Mali at 50 percent, and Ghana at 30 percent.
The skin-whitening industry predominantly caters to women worldwide and people of color in every region.
These creams contain ingredients that work to decrease the body’s production of melanin.
Melanin is responsible for the pigment in the skin made by cells called melanocytes.
Many of these creams have been found to have dangerous side effects and are unapproved for use.
Most skin lightening creams contain hydroquinone, which is known to decrease melanocytes.
Vitamin C, also a common ingredient in skin lightening creams, is an antioxidant that is known to lower melanin production in our cells.
Glycolic acid, which is also found in many skin brightening creams, works as an exfoliant and helps to brighten the skin by clearing away dead cells.