Why the obsession with lighter skin?

In the early 1900s to the 1950s, African-Americans (who had by now internalised white society’s preference for lighter skin), held ‘paper bag parties’, pinning a brown paper bag to the front door; anyone whose skin was darker than the bag was denied entry. This ‘test’ was even used to determine admission to historically black universities and

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Japan: Despite their blemished reputation, demand for skin whiteners remains solid

Cosmetics makers have recently unveiled new skin-whitening products for this spring and summer, anticipating steady demand in spite of the revelation last year that Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. products had caused skin problems among many women. “We believe Japanese women’s wish for white skin remains unchanged,” said an official at a cosmetics maker who stressed the

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Study: 6% of skin lightening products contain dangerous levels of mercury

Six percent of cosmetic skin-lightening products tested contained well above the FDA-approved limit of mercury, including one that was 45,000 times beyond FDA standards, according to recent study results. Researchers purchased 549 skin-lightening products in stores or online in the United States, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Sri Lanka. The products, including 439 creams, were marketed or

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Avon whitening cream banned for containing phenol (used to make floor paint and wallpaper)

The China Food and Drug Administration has announced that Avon brand skin-whitening cream has been found to contain the prohibited substance phenol. Avon Naturals Rose and Rose Hips Fairness Cream was named one of the unqualified products after the administration carried out examinations on 505 whitening, spot-removing and hair-dying products in Hebei, Jilin, Fujian, Shandong

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