Bajans warned about skin whitening creams

Worried about a “surge” in the use of skin whitening creams here, the Barbados Drug Service (BDS) has confiscated several brands of the product from cosmetic store shelves, warning Barbadians that these creams may also cause a variety of complications.

In a statement released through the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), the BDS said it had acted under the instructions of the Barbados Pharmacy Council when it confiscated the products deemed to contravene sections of the Pharmacy Act, which prohibits their sale without a prescription from a locally registered doctor, and mandates dispensing under the supervision of a pharmacist.

“There has been a surge in the use of steroidal creams to lighten the skin. The creams are being sold in some beauty supply stores in Barbados. These products are given various names designed to attract attention as beautifying agents, without any warning of the dangers of using them,” the statement said.

It warned that these products contain prescription-strength steroid ingredients, such as Clobetasol Propionate and Betamethasone, which lighten the appearance by thinning the skin.

“This thinning of the skin can lead to acne, and make it easier for bacteria to infect the skin,” it stressed.

Among the possible complications listed by the BDS are atrophy, which is the wasting away at the site of application; rosacea, a condition in which certain facial blood vessels enlarge, giving the cheeks and nose a flushed appearance; irritancy and allergy.

It also advised that the internal absorption of topical steroids could cause a mild Cushing’s syndrome reaction, or could suppress the patient’s own cortisol supply.

Absorption of steroids could also present weight gain, fluid retention or an increase in the white blood cell count, the BGIS statement said.

Among the products which have been removed from the shelves of cosmetic stores and which the public is urged not to use are Victoria Lady Papaya Crème, Edguard Gel Forte 30gms, and Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream.

10 Responses to Bajans warned about skin whitening creams

  1. Javan Cook
    Javan Cook November 29, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Wow! You’re like kinda late with this one.

  2. Santini More
    Santini More November 29, 2016 at 5:20 am

    50 years of Independence? More like 50 years of self loathing. Whatever happened to black pride?…#IAmBlackAndProud

  3. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson November 29, 2016 at 6:35 am

    when you see some of these person why don’t you get them to speak if you cant determine there country of origin by looking at them and you will see that there are not all Barbadian by a large amount

  4. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes November 29, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Why in the heck is someone using that stuff? What would make someone use it? When I come to visit I like to get my skin all one color and only by the sun.

  5. Alex Alleyne November 29, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Its their MONEY so they go spend it on JUNK, but services at the QEH /polyclinics are free.

  6. Colette Felix
    Colette Felix November 29, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Why don’t they prohibit the importation of these things?

  7. Tony Webster November 29, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Hmmm…the monumental irony doesn’t stop at these comments…true as they are. Guess who is mainly responsible for peddling this grotesque -and dangerous-chemical stuff to their brethren?

    Fifty shades of identity loss. Not to mention self-respect..pride..or perhaps it was never gained? Just pitiful.

  8. Alex Alleyne November 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Remember back in the 60’s this saying was branded about “If you are white you are alright, If you are black get back”.

  9. Alex Alleyne November 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    James Brown hit back with “Say it loud , I am black and I am proud”.

  10. jrsmith November 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    See the confusion which is on black women and some men, so frighten of being black. I have seen so many black women who was black last year and is now an orangey colour, which makes me wonder, how is this effecting they passports…
    Looking at that Jamaican lady who sued barbados , she is now very orange coloured………


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