IQ Research Journal-Open Access-ISSN:2790-4296

Over the Counter (OTC) Skin Lightening Products in Somalia: Usage and Complications



Authors: Bashir Ma’alim Mahamud, Atanga Desmond Funwie. Paper Title: Over the Counter (OTC) Skin Lightening Products in Somalia: Usage and Complications

IQ Research Journal of IQ res. j. (2022)1(7): pp 01-06. Vol. 001, Issue 007, 07-2022, pp. 01661-01668

Received: 18 07, 2022; Accepted: 22 07, 2022; Published: 30 07, 2022


Introduction: Skin creams that have bleaching properties and that improve complexion
are much sought after by women in Somalia. Lightening agents continue to dominate
the cosmetic marketing industry in Somalia and the world over. The practice of skin
lightening is associated with profound negative impacts on well-being and adverse
effects on the skin. In this paper, we aimed at highlighting the complications of this much sought-after practice and open up discussions on this topic for the Dermatologists in the country to take the lead in guiding on use and protecting the public from the side effects of Skin Lightening products. Conclusion: There is a clear danger of abuse and use of unregulated Skin Lightening Products (SLPs) in Somalia. The authorities in Somalia are constrained in regulation, control, and verifying the compounds in Skin lightening products.