Nigerian `gangan’ drummer, Aralola Olumuyiwa, popularly often known as `Ara’ has referred to as on the Federal Authorities to position 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 path to make sure the sound well being of its citizenry.
In accordance with her, putting a ban on the gross sales of the merchandise might not eradicate its use fully however it’s going to minimise the speed.
“It is a good improvement which ought to be replicated in Nigeria.
“We have now seen many individuals who had developed pores and skin most cancers, irritation and different illnesses on account of utilizing skin-lightening merchandise.
“The Federal Authorities ought to work on this and be certain that most of those merchandise aren’t produced within the nation and ban its importation as properly.
“This may occasionally not eradicate its utilization however will certainly minimise it.
“Individuals who use these harmful merchandise don’t bear the brunt alone however 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 using lightening lotions and soaps which may result in may trigger pores and skin most cancers to people.
Adeyemi stated that such merchandise may expose the endothelial cells of the pores and skin to put on and tear.
She defined that the endothelial cells kind a one-cell thick-walled layer referred to as endothelium that strains all of the blood vessels comparable to arteries, arterioles, venules, veins and capillaries.
In accordance with her, another risks related to pores and skin bleaching embrace: burning or redness; pores and skin illnesses; 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 must stop using creams with dangerous chemicals and go for moisturisers, instead,” 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 may very well be sutured, it might proceed to interrupt down.
NAN stories 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 skin that you have,” is the message from the Authorities of Rwanda in its struggle in opposition to skin- lightening merchandise.
Francois Uwinkindi of the Most cancers Unit in Rwanda’s Ministry of Well being stated, “We at the moment are placing extra efforts into educating individuals, going round and seizing these unlawful merchandise.
“We are joining those countries, which are also into the fight against the use of illegal skin-lightening cosmetics,” he stated.