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” … Continue reading “New York Times: Where beauty means bleached skin”

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 … Continue reading “Rare skin condition Steven-Johnson Syndrome on the rise in Vietnam”

Video: Chika Okoro’s TEDx Talk – Confessions of a “D Girl”

Stanford Graduate Business School student Chika Okoro talks about colorism and challenging the status quo. Okoro tells us how she copes, and what we can do to unlearn this deep rooted, destructive mindset. The term “D Girl” comes from the leaked casting call sheet for the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ movie.

Malaysian Health Ministry bans the sale of Qu Puteh for containing mercury

The Health Ministry has banned the sale of two cosmetic products by Vida Beauty Sdn Bhd which were found to contain high levels of mercury. The ministry advised anyone in possession of cosmetic products Qu Puteh Whitening Pro 9 and Qu Puteh Whitening UV Block to immediately stop selling, distributing and using the products. “The … Continue reading “Malaysian Health Ministry bans the sale of Qu Puteh for containing mercury”