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Bleaching goes beyond damaging the skin but also effect essential organs in the body especially the kidneys. This was disclosed by a Dermatologist, Professor Shehu Yusuf at a Public Lecture titled “Complications of Using Bleaching Creams” organized by Islamic Medical Association, IMAN AKTH Chapter. Professor Shehu explained that bleaching is an act done by some individuals with a view to changing their complexion. He said that Almighty God created human beings differently with different skin colour to suit the environment they found themselves.

He mentioned some of the factors that make people especially women to use bleaching creams such as, to give female younger look, to get higher self esteem, to get better job etc.

Professor Shehu then explained the adverse effects of extended skin bleaching to internal body organs such as kidney, bones and the eyes.

The second presenter who spoke on the Islamic perspective of bleaching,


Malam Abdullahi Salihu Aikawa said careless and negligence are the main causes of this act.

He emphasized that Almighty created skin for a purpose, that if he so wishes, He would have created us of the same race. He urged people and women to be grateful to God and to desist from changing the way they were created because Islam has prohibited such act.


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