Skin whitening, skin lightening and skin bleaching is a technique of making someones skin lighter by lowering melanin responsible for dark skin. Some chemicals in form of pills and injections are available. Some of those chemicals can be toxic and even cause a cancer. Some controversy about impact on certain ethnic groups have been pointed.
Most skin lightening treatments are done to moles and birthmarks, but lightening unaffected skin parts is also possible. More and more people use such a treatments thanks to dropping price and better availability.
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- Rashid, Aliya, A rush to cream the fairness fetish, Dai
- http://whitenskin.net/ The Best Tips for the Perfect Skin
- Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2006, supplemental, pages 272-281; Dermatologic Surgery, March 2006, pages 365-371; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, September–October 2004, supplemental, 27-34; International Journal of Dermatology, December 2003, pages 966-972; and Archives of Dermatology, December 2002, pages 1578-1582).