Hidden Steroids, Hypertension And Other Scary Reasons To Stop Using Fade Cream
We all know that skin bleaching is a no-no. But what about using fade cream? Millions of women of color use fade cream, or skin-lightening cream, for less drastic reasons: to lighten up acne scars, dark patches and other problem areas on our skin.
But now some doctors are saying that any amount of spot management should happen at your dermatologist’s office. Why? They’ve been treating a lot of patients with serious skin and health problems from stubborn acne to mercury poisoning. And these problems don’t just happen to women buying the strong stuff from suspect sources: over-the-counter fade creams and skin bleach can be at fault too — especially after long-term use.
Your best bet? Doctors say if you want to be sure to avoid these side effects, it’s best to see a dermatologist to get effective lightening or fading without the risk.
One woman reported that hers was so thin, her face would bruise whenever anyone touched it.