oa Central African Journal of Medicine - A survey of the constituents, availability and use of skin lightening creams in Zimbabwe

Volume 29, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The use of skin lightening preparations in Zimbabwe was investigated in 1982. A survey of the products available and their contents, revealed that hydroquinone in concentrations of 2% to 6% is used as the active ingredient in them all. A questionnaire was distributed amongst users of these preparations in Zimbabwe. The creams were found to be used as multipurpose preparations for depigmenting, smoothing and removing blemishes from the skin. Adverse effects being suffered following use of the creams include irritation, sensitisation, dermatitis and hyperpigmentation with ochronotic changes. These problems are similar to those which have been encountered and documented elsewhere. During the period June to October, 1982, a study was carried out to obtain information on: 1. What skin-lightening products are available in Zimbabwe. 2. Their active ingredients 3. To what extent and for what purposes they are used, and 4. What unwanted effects, if any, have resulted from their use. Two groups of compounds have been used as skin lightening agents in this country:

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