Ghana Bans the Sale of Skin-Bleaching Products

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The harmful practice can cause blistering and has been linked to skin cancer.

Taylor Lewis Jun, 01, 2016

Ghanian officials are doing their part to put an end to the dangerous practice of skin-bleaching.

All Africa reports that the country’s Food and Drugs Authority have announced their intentions to ban all products that contain hydroquinone, an ingredient commonly found in complexion-lightening products, by August.

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“From 2016, the acceptance for skin-lightening products is going to be zero,” FDA spokesman James Lartey said to

The products, which are common in many African nations (according to a 2013 study, 70 percent of Nigerian women have admitted to using the creams in the hopes of creating a more yellow- or red-based complexion), can cause blistering and discoloration and have also been linked to skin cancer.

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Ghana joins a growing list of countries like the United States and Japan that have already placed bans on the harmful products.

Talk about a step in the right direction! 

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