A new product on the market claims to give Black people the ability to “peel off” their blackness.
There’s a new skin care product being offered throughout the world, and it claims that it allows people to “peel off” their dark skin. The product is very popular in Africa and in the Caribbean, and word is that some folks are using it in the United States also.
Here’s a video which shows what happens to a person’s skin after just a few weeks of using the special cream – called “Quick White.”
It’s not clear, what if any are the long term health effects of using such a cream on dark skin.
Substances containing hydroquinone and mercury are banned from being sold over-the-counter in the UK as they can cause liver, nerve and fetal damage.
But a lack of resources and data is making the problem hard to tackle.
A previous BBC investigation revealed the banned cosmetics were being sold across the UK.
Trading Standards is responsible for seizing the creams and prosecuting businesses that sell them. However, it appears convicted shop owners are undeterred by these fines, and are continuing to sell the products.
Undercover journalists visited 17 shops across London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester to see how many illegal products they could purchase. Six of these shops had been previously prosecuted for selling the creams.
A total of 13 shops were found to sell products containing illegal substances.
Of the prosecuted shops, four out of the six resold banned products.