A testament to how far Thais will go for whiter skin is a soap said to be made from salmon semen. The salmon semen soap costs about 50 baht on social media, where the sellers claimed that it will help to whiten skin. Yikes.
Genetic analysis has shown that hunter-gatherers living in Spain 8,500 years ago still had dark skin. It was not until 7,800 years ago, when the first farmers migrated from the Near East through Turkey that two key genes that provide lighter skin appeared.
In Thailand, a dangerous product called ‘Chlorine Soap’ has been touted to whiten skin. It contains calcium hypochlorite, used to disinfect swimming pools. The manufacturers claim that it kills bacteria and whitens skin in 1-2 weeks. *facepalm*
Quick fixes are unlikely to restore skin that’s been deeply damaged by long-term use of steroid-based and toxic creams with hydroquinone, monobenzone or mercury. Instead, try slow and restorative healing from the inside out along with natural healing oils.