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  • Bleaching has chemicals that merge into the skin and lighten facial hair. Technically it is not removal of superfluous hair but it makes it considerably less noticeable. There are three kinds of bleach, all unkind on the skin, but the degrees of harm may vary.

  • The home bleach: mix two tablespoons of milk powder, mix in a enough liquid hydrogen peroxide to make a thick paste and, if hair is very dark and coarse, mix in a drop or two of liquid ammonia. This is considered to be the least harmful kind of bleach since the powder milk in the mixture moisturizes the skin while bleaching, preventing skin burns and other reactions.

  • Powder bleach: mix bleaching powder with liquid hydrogen peroxide and ammonia to form a thick liquid.

  • Cream bleach: this is what you get readymade in the markets. Easiest to use but the most harmful.

Results last for between two and six weeks and there's no re growth, since no hair has been lost. Expect to pay between Rs40 and Rs100 at beauty parlours, depending upon which bleach is used. Bleaching is not suitable for coarse hair as the chemical in bleach makes hair more brittle an makes it stand erect.

Harmful Effects of Skin Whitening or Bleaching 

Bleaching is, in fact, a process in which the hair on the skin is bleached to match with the actual skin tone. However, the side effects are:

  • Dark grey spots 
  • Skin cancer 
  • Acne 
  • Swelling of the skin 
  • Thinning of the skin 
  • Cataracts 
  • Setting down of fat on face, chest, upper back and stomach 
  • Increase in appetite and weight gain 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Neurological and kidney damage due to high level of mercury used in the creams 
  • Psychiatric disorders 
  • Severe birth defects 
  • Asthma 
  • Liver damage
Some of these side effects could be seen almost immediately while some are seen after prolonged use of skin whitening creams.


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