Nigerian `gangan’ drummer, Aralola Olumuyiwa, popularly often called `Ara’ has referred to as on the Federal Authorities to put a ban on the gross sales and use of skin-lightening merchandise within the nation.
`Ara’, the talking-drum drummer informed NAN in Lagos on Thursday that skin-lightening soaps and cosmetics would at all times have hostile well being implications on their customers.
She stated that the choice by the Authorities of Rwanda to ban the merchandise was a step in the proper course to make sure the sound well being of its citizenry.
In keeping with her, putting a ban on the gross sales of the merchandise might not eradicate its use fully however it should minimise the speed.
“This can be a good improvement which needs to be replicated in Nigeria.
“Now we have seen many individuals who had developed pores and skin most cancers, irritation and different illnesses because of utilizing skin-lightening merchandise.
“The Federal Authorities ought to work on this and be sure that most of those merchandise are usually not produced within the nation and ban its importation as nicely.
“This may increasingly not eradicate its utilization however will certainly minimise it.
“Individuals who use these harmful merchandise don’t bear the brunt alone nevertheless it additionally impacts their family members when customers start to really feel the consequences of the cream or cleaning soap,’’ she stated.
Additionally, a medical practitioner, Dr Ayopo Adeyemi, stated that the usage of lightening lotions and soaps which might result in might trigger pores and skin most cancers to people.
Adeyemi stated that such merchandise might expose the endothelial cells of the pores and skin to put on and tear.
She defined that the endothelial cells type a one-cell thick-walled layer referred to as endothelium that traces all of the blood vessels reminiscent of arteries, arterioles, venules, veins and capillaries.
In keeping with her, another risks related to pores and skin bleaching embody: burning or redness; pores and skin ailments; liver and kidney damages amongst others.
“Bleaching of the pores and skin is harmful as a result of it at all times has varied hostile results on the well being of these doing it.
“We should cease utilizing lotions with harmful chemical substances and go for moisturisers, as a substitute,” she stated.
Adeyemi stated that suturing a bleached pores and skin after an accident was at all times troublesome, including that even when the pores and skin might be sutured, it will proceed to interrupt down.
NAN studies that the Authorities of Rwanda introduced the ban on use and gross sales of beauty merchandise for skin-lightening some days in the past.
“Love the pores and skin that you’ve got,” is the message from the Authorities of Rwanda in its combat towards skin- lightening merchandise.
Francois Uwinkindi of the Most cancers Unit in Rwanda’s Ministry of Well being stated, “We are actually placing more efforts into educating individuals, going round and seizing these unlawful merchandise.
“We’re becoming a member of these international locations, that are additionally into the combat towards the usage of unlawful skin-lightening cosmetics,” he stated.