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Fact file on harmful skin lightening ingredients

By Kofi Dwinfour

The following ingredients found in some skin lightening products have been proven to be harmful to health and cause permanent skin damage.

For information about how Trading Standards are stamping out the illegal trade in skin lightening creams please read this blog.

Spotlight On… Chronic actinic dermatitis

by Deen Kurrimbux

A rare chronic skin condition that affects mainly males over the age of 50 although it may occur in younger individuals with atopic dermatitis. Chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD) is a severe form of eczema in which either natural sunlight or artificial light (UV) is the main causal factor, thus individuals with CAD are very sensitive to light. In extreme cases exposure to light in as little as 30 seconds will cause a reaction. The stronger the light, the stronger the reaction.

Spotlight On… Actinic keratosis

by Deen Kurrimbux

Actinic keratoses (AK) are dry scaly patches of skin caused by long-term exposure to the sun. Also known as solar keratoses the patches can vary in colour (red, pink or brown) and diameter (from millimetres to centimetres) and the skin can become very thick often forming small hooks and spikes.

solar keratosis

Spotlight on… Melanoma

by Deen Kurrimbux

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Its occurrence is high among North and North-western Caucasian males and females living in sunny climates. There is a direct correlation between geographical location, intensity of sunlight (in particular U.V.) and amount of skin pigmentation in the local population.

Tawny Willoughby skin cancer on face

Spotlight On… Impetigo

by Deen Kurrimbux

Impetigo is a common and highly contagious superficial skin infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus that results in sores and skin blisters.

impetigo

Spotlight On… Eczema

by Deen Kurrimbux

Otherwise known as atopic dermatitis, Eczema is a condition that makes the skin of the sufferer red and itchy. Commonality is in children but can occur at any age. It is a chronic (long lasting) condition which tends to flare and fade periodically and is often accompanied by asthma and hay fever.

eczema

Spotlight On… Cellulitis

by Deen Kurrimbux

Cellulitis is an infection of the deep layer of the skin (the dermis). It is caused by various type of bacteria entering any broken parts of the skin. Its most usual occurrence is in the legs but can occur anywhere.

cellulitis on leg

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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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