New York Times: Where beauty means bleached skin

In the Makola Market here, endless shops and stalls had walls filled with potions dedicated to the lightening of skin. There is Ultra Fair Super Whitenizer by Caring Chemistry promising “restorative ultrafast action whitening” and Grace White 100% Double Action Whitening Body Lotion by Grace White Cosmetique that even features helpful before-and-after photos; the “before” …

Rare skin condition Steven-Johnson Syndrome on the rise in Vietnam

The number of people infected with Steven-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a serious skin condition that can be life-threatening, is increasing in Vietnam. They blame the trend on indiscriminate use of drugs without prescriptions. The Allergy and Immunology Clinic of Ho Chi Minh University of Medicine and Pharmacy recently admitted many patients with SJS. SJS causes the skin to …