Using fairness cream for long? Your skin might be in danger!

Updated On - August 18, 2020 Dr Jisha Gomez
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We are in a country where most people believe light skin is beautiful and dark is ugly. You’ll be shocked to know how the cosmetic business misuses this idea of beauty. Undeniably, this false belief of “fairness is beautiful” has led us to make blind skincare choices for years and fall prey to these profit-hungry beauty industries. We choose to buy fairness creams at the glance of an advertisement not knowing what’s inside it.

Well, did you know – Most of the fairness or cosmetic creams available in stores contain a harmful drug?  Yes, “Steroid” is used in the making of fairness creams due to its bleaching and depigmentation effects. Overusing this drug or using it without prescription damages your skin beyond your imagination. Unfortunately, the free availability of this steroid has allowed many of these fairness cream brands to become household names, wherein they are no longer considered drugs at all.

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This fairness drug which is banned in many countries is legally allowed in India due to loopholes in our law. Many Indians are unaware that they are absorbing this unsafe steroid through their fairness products,” says Dr. Jisha, a dermatologist who has been campaigning against steroid abuse. She adds “Patients are unaware of the risks posed by these fairness products and continue to use them for long periods before seeking help from dermatologists”.

The report says, many people buy steroid-based creams, ointment to treat their various skin problems like acne, pigmentation, fungal infection, rash, etc directly from the chemists who are allowed to sell the drug freely without a dermatologist’s prescription. Unfortunately, this magic drug causes more damage to the skin than it repairs if you don’t use it right. You may even develop various skin diseases on the application of such steroids. 

Here’s how bad “steroid” in your fairness cream affects you:

  1. Steroid causes skin thinning due to which wrinkles appear on skin sooner than they should.
  2. It causes stretch marks, especially in the armpit region which is permanent and irreversible.
  3. Excessive use of steroids tears up the skin and causes hypersensitivity.
  4. It increases the thickness and length of your hair on the skin.
  5. There are high chances that this steroid affects your eyesight as the surrounding tissue absorbs it.
  6. It even reduces the skin’s ability to fight off bacterial and fungal infections. Your skin is left with weaker immunity.
  7. Finally, when you stop using your fairness cream, it results in intense facial redness and the formation of fluid-filled bumps damaging the skin.

    Unfortunately, the ill-effects are just endless!

Our fairness craze has given opportunities for cosmetic companies to misuse steroids & promote it as “fairness creams” which is further marketed by profit-hungry pharmaceutical companies. 

Let’s be aware of steroid abuse and try to choose wiser! Say NO to fairness creams.


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References:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4831482/
http://www.e-ijd.org/article.asp?issn=0019-5154;year=2017;volume=62;issue=3;spage=237;epage=250;aulast=Das
https://www.verywellhealth.com/steroids-topical-steroid-side-effects-1068831

About Author

Dr Jisha Gomez
She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.