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*

In the never-ending search for milky white skin, a new product has been doing the rounds in Thailand in recent weeks – ‘Chlorine Soap’.

The main active ingredient in this latest product is calcium hypochlorite, which is commonly used to disinfect swimming pools and for water treatment. The soap’s manufacturers claim that it kills bacteria on the skin and whitens skin in 1-2 weeks.

Dr. Nopadol Nopakun, President of the Dermatological Society of Thailand, said this and many other whitening product makers are guilty of misleading would-be customers as, “skin color is deep beneath the epidermis – using soaps or scrubs cannot lighten naturally-dark skin tones”.

Kasetsart University’s Dr. Weerachai Phutdhawong described the product as “very dangerous”, adding that it could cause damage to the eyes and skin.

Extracts from an Asian Correspondent article (original). Published 30 September 2015.