Theskin is the largest organ in the human body. It is the body’sprotective cover against diseases and any other physical harm. Itsfunction is to limit excessive loss of water and any other compoundsused by the body, regulate body temperatures and repair damages(Turkington & Dover, 2007). It also excretes unwanted bodychemical in the form of sweat. When the skin is exposed to harmfulchemical it can face temporally or permanent damage. For thetemporally damage the damaged skin is shed off after a period of timeand a new coat of skin grows under the damages section. Permanentskin damage however, ruins the structural design of the skin and thescars are permanent.
Advertisementslike: with natural botanical enzymes that exfoliate skin, are used tomask the fact there are chemical in use in the making of theproducts. One such chemical is mercury. Most skin lightening productscontain mercury. They can be found in various forms, as soaps, ascreams or in beauty products like cosmetics. Products with mercuryachieve skin discoloration or lightening within very short periods.However, they also cause rashes to appear soon after. The skinbecomes scarred due to the reduction in skin resistance. The skin isleft vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infections. Pregnant mothersusing such products put their children at risk of brain damage andbirth defects.
Otherharmful chemicals used in skin care products use advertisement suchas “pure natural skin care” and contain benzoyl peroxide, dioxin,triclosan, polyethylene glycol, methylpropyl and other chemicals thatare harmful. These components damage mammalian cells in women, causeDNA damage and mutations, cause eye irritations, reduces bodyimmunity, cause birth deformities, contribute to sterility in males,while some of the chemicals accumulate in the liver, kidney and brainand aid in the development of cancerous cells. Some of these effectsmay seem farfetched at first but continued and regular use of theproducts may lead to such extreme results. It also begs the question,if the government is aware of such consequences why does it allowsuch products to be sold to the public. The government has beenactive in helping put a ban on skin bleaching products especiallythose found with mercury content. (Kooyers & Westerhof, 2006).
The“pure natural skin care” ad claims that the chemicals used inmaking skin products are pure and cannot harm the skin (Turkington &Dover, 2007). Nevertheless, the information in most skin products isinaccurate because the products end up causing damages to the skin.Researchers have been at the frontline fighting against the harmfuleffects of skin care products that advertise having natural contentsand end up destroying the skin. De Souza (2008) indicated that thedermatologists and health workers should be able to tell patientsabout the dangers of chemicals contained in skin products and thedamages they do to their skins.
Inconclusion, skin products should be well monitored to make sure evenif they are advertized the public is aware of the products in use(Turkington & Dover, 2007). Advertisements that offer falsemessages should be banned from use so as not to send the wrongmessage to the buyer. Nevertheless, it is crucial to note that thereare legit skin products that use the correct messages in theiradvertising.
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Kooyers,T.J. & Westerhof, W. (2006). Toxicology and health risks ofhydroquinone in skin lightening formulations. Journalof the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology,20,777–780.
Turkington,C., & Dover, J. S. (2007). Theencyclopedia of skin and skin disorders.New York, NY: Facts on File.