Even though skin bleaching is said to be dangerous to human health, it is still being practiced by some people particularly female celebrities and youths with the ambition of having a “silky skin”.
One of the most popular celebrities who has openly attested that she has lightened her skin tone is songstress, Belinda Nana Ekua Amoah.
The controversial singer known on stage as Mzbel, has said that she is currently embarking on a spiritual journey to quit toning her skin with chemicals.
“I have come to understand life and I am trying to connect to who I am, as a black person I don’t think I have to be apologizing for being black.”
“I don’t care if people start saying I am black now, being white is not who I am and anytime I see someone with dark completion I jealous the person. I move from Church to Church because I’m on a spiritual journey to quit bleaching”, she told Abeiku Santana on UTV’s Atuu show.
According to the 2005 Ghana Health Service report, approximately 30% of Ghanaian women and 5% of Ghanaian men were actively bleaching. The same statistic indicates that currently, 50% to 60% of adult Ghanaian women are currently or have at one time or the other actively used bleaching agents.
Skin bleaching products typically contain chemicals such as hydroquinone, corticosteroids, salicylic agents, sodium hypochlorite, and many other acidic agents that put users at great risk of various health complications.