Using bleaching cream can cause cancer, NAFDAC warns

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has raised the alarm about the proliferation of “dangerous” and “unregulated” bleaching creams in the market.

The agency warned about the danger on Wednesday in a one-day workshop organised for media stakeholders in Enugu State titled, “The dangers of bleaching creams and regulatory controls.”

Delivering an address at the flag-off of the workshop, the Director General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, who was represented by the Director of Chemical Evaluation and Research, Dr. Patrick Omokpariola, stated, “It is imperative for me to warn that some of the harmful effects of bleaching creams include cancer, damage to vital organs of the body, skin irritation and allergy, skin burn and rashes, wrinkles, premature skin ageing and prolong healing of wounds.

Adeyeye urged Nigerian women to be proud of their skin colour, saying, “There’s no need to bleach.”

The DG, however, noted that sensitisation workshop was in fulfilment of her promise to cascade it to the six geo-political zones in the country as a deliberate strategy of mobilising, educating, sensitising, and challenging Nigerian Health journalists to play frontline role in their concerted efforts to eradicate the menace of bleaching creams and needless waste of scarce resources in Nigeria.

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