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BODY GOALS: Nigerians And Their Struggle For Flawless Skin

Everyone wants to come off looking fresh with flawless and glowing skin all the time.

Unfortunately, all that yummy goodness from the Pepperoni Pizza you love all too well would not let your smooth skin be awesome due to the saturated fat in the cheese.

The face which is more often than not the first point of contact in our interaction with others is usually the body part that gets a bashing from skin breakouts.

Imagine what it could do to your self-confidence striking up a convo with a damsel at work or at an owambe party having an unsightly bump somewhere across your cheek?

More worrying are the scars and blemishes the pimples and other skin diseases leave behind after clearing out as this detailed article by a skin specialist points out.

Pimples breakout (Photo credit: Nigeria Galleria)

Some folks attribute the constant breakouts on their face to hereditary factors so much they give up fighting, seeing it as their fate.

Then there is the other factor asides diet which involves misguided application of certain creams on the skin and its consequent effects.

African females are chiefly the culprit here, Nigerian ladies in particular, who mess around with their natural set skin only to end up with a disastrous look after all is said and done.


In this part of the world, some Nigerian women out of sheer insecurities and lack of self-esteem have been reported attempting to transform their natural dark skin colour to a lighter tone with bleaching creams. The use of these seemingly harmless chemicals has skyrocketed over the past decade.

Beautiful Nigerian lady who started bleaching at 19 reveals why she stopped Photo Source: Teniola Kashaam

You could easily walk on the road and spot a lady with two obviously contrasting skin complexions – picture a face as bright as Michael Jackson’s (No offence) matched with a natural dark skinned pair of legs.

Amongst the legit skin and beauty entrepreneurs are some mindless bunch in the business who sell products with the promise of enhancing your appearance with skin lightening products but end up disfiguring the looks of young impressionable women.

It tells you there is cause for concern because these otherwise natural skin lightening creams are either adulterated or unregulated to the detriment of unsuspecting consumers who just want to appear more attractive.

To confirm the craze and demand for skin lightening products by Nigerian ladies, in 2018 American model Blac Chyna made her way down to Nigeria to launch her skin lightening face cream.

Blac Chyna (L) and Dencia ® (Photo source : dcodedtv)

She did this in collaboration with a controversial Nigerian-Cameroonian singer known as Dencia whom herself is in the cosmetic business of selling skin brightening products..

The intention of this write-up is not to condemn skin lightening as a beauty regimen for dark-skinned folks, rather it’s to educate and inform you.

In that light there are two often mixed up concepts related to skin lightening – Toning and bleaching.

There is a difference between toning and bleaching of the skin.

Toning involves using toners, washes, lotions, and serums to cleanse the skin. The process helps shrink pores. In some cases people tone (some based on dermatologist’s prescription) to even out uneven skin tone, correct dark spots, discolorations and so on.

Toning should be viewed as part of a skin cleansing process because it benefits the skin, gets rid of dead skin cells and reveals a newer, clearer, cleaner and fresher skin. It automatically brightens dull skin as well.

Skin bleaching, however, involves using chemicals to lighten/whiten the skin. Skin bleaching products in the form of cream, soap, washes and more often contain harsh and toxic chemicals that strips and exposes the skin, disrupting melanin production amongst others.

A common ingredient for bleaching is Mercury, a chemical that can cause skin thinning, premature skin aging, and acne (pimples) reactions amongst other unpleasant effects when abused.

But like earlier noted, it shouldn’t have to be all hopeless and gloomy.

With the right consultative advice from a health-focused platforms like webMD, Livestrong, emedihealth, unwanted breakouts and skin disorders can be contained.

In the final analysis, that old cliche ‘Prevention is better than cure’ does help make life much easier.

And in this case, prevention is by getting credible health-related education online where it is easily accessible.

This keeps more money in your pockets and that priceless beaming smile on your face 🙂

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