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Sociology: Bleaching ppt

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Michaela Onuchukwu

on 18 June 2013

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Transcript of Sociology: Bleaching ppt

Bleaching of the skin in society

Skin whitening and skin bleaching refers to the practice of using chemical substances in an attempt to lighten skin tone.
However, it should not be confused with products that even out skin complexion by lessening the concentration of melanin as this is generally called a 'toner'.
What are the methods?
Some people use pills to whiten their skin instead of creams. According to this brand of pills, the supplement will guaranteed radiant skin and even skin tone.

Celebrities that have or are rumoured to have bleached
So why do people continue to bleach/lighten their skin?
They have low self-esteem
Genuine hyper-pigmentation
Uneducated on the dangers
Some people view lighter skin as desirable and equating to beauty in comparison to darker skin
For some, there used to be the thought that if one had lighter skin, he/she is wealthier while having darker skin was akin to working outside in the sun due to having a poor upbringing
The media shows lighter skinned people more and people aspire to be like them
Several chemicals have been shown to be effective in skin whitening, while some have proved to be toxic or have questionable safety profiles, adding to the controversy surrounding their use and impacts on certain ethnic groups.

Some of you may or may not be aware of skin bleaching and the issues surrounding the subject. We decided to conduct a sociological study on skin bleaching in order to raise awareness of this 'taboo' and often unusual topic of discussion.

Others opt for the more popular choice of creams or
lotions to whiten their skin too. This has been seen as a quick, cheaper alternative to pills.

Laser whitening for the skin is another treatment that has gained popularity in the recent times.
Sammy Sosa
Lil Kim
Michael Jackson
Of course there are risks with using these sort of products. One skin bleaching ingredient included in the products is called hydroquinone. Although there is only a small amount of this ingredient in the topical product, these small amounts could increase chances of negative reactions to other products.
Due to skin bleaching products reducing the amount of melanin in the skin, it becomes prone to UVA and UVB rays from the sun leading to dangerous sunburns with an increased possibility of skin cancer.
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