Ghana To Ban Skin Bleaching Products in August

Colorism, that which privileges lighter skin over darker, is an issue that not only affects African Americans, but pretty much all people of color around the world.

From India to Compton, Brazil to Belize, one of the ways in which colorism rears its ugly head is in skin bleaching. We have all seen photos where celebrities such as Dominican baseball player Sammy Sosa or Nigerian-Cameroonian pop singer Dencia bleached their beautiful brown skin to odd shades not found in nature, ostensibly for beauty and prestige. As far back as the 1990s, the Jamaican dancehall song “Dem a Bleach” talked about the phenomenon of using chemicals to alter the color of brown skin.

But the West African nation of Ghana is putting the kibosh on that.

Face 2 Face Africa reports that come August, Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) will ban the sale of cosmetic products that contain the skin bleaching ingredient hydroquinone, which has been linked to cancer.


Presented as a physical (not mental) public health issue, FDA spokesperson James Lartey confirmed that such products will no longer be imported to the country.

“Concerning skin lightening products, we are saying that from August 2016, all products containing hydroquinone will not be allowed into the country. From 2016, the acceptance for skin lightening products is going to be zero,” said Lartey.

The outlet reports that skin bleaching is a “norm” in Ghana and that celebrities such as Ghanaian boxer Bukom Banku said he underwent the process to gain a national assignment from President John Mahama as Ghana’s ambassador to Germany.

The use of hydroquinone products is banned in the United States, Japan, Australia and the European Union.

Read more at Face2Face Africa


Written by How Africa News


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  1. He needs to admit that his main reason for doing it is because “he himself” wanted to, all one has to do is look at the political parties that represent Ghana and you would see that there are a variety of various shades yet the president did not feel the pressure to bleach himself to blend in with any of them in order to hold the position. Furthermore when people are trying to figure out how to feed themselves and pay their bills and their demanding that the government dose something the last thing on their mind is bleaching cosmetics if they didn’t haul off and slap this screaming that they could have bought food with that money you wasted you idiot they are to poor for this kind of stupidity !

  2. Illiterate people like bank umm has completely lost his melanin due to bleaching now he has to leave with the consequences. Thanks to the government of Ghana taking drastic action to ban these creams from people like bankum and many others who cannot understand the implication.

    I hope all other countries ditto……

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