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Mercury found in smuggled whitening products in Mindanao

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Some effects of mercury in skin whitening products, according to the World Health Organization, are discoloration and scarring, among others

MERCURY-LACED. Many whitening products for sale in certain Mindanao cities were found to be contaminated with high levels of mercury./ Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

Penis whitening fad worries surgeons

Feb 03, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'I think it should not be done in a patient that doesn't need it,' Milanese plastic surgeon Massimiliano Brambilla, who specializes in genital procedures, tells Agence France-Presse

THAI FAD. This promotional handout from 2016 and received by AFP on January 4, 2018 from Lelux Hospital shows a man undergoing a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital.  AFP Photo

Penis whitening procedure drives Thailand social media nuts

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:02 PM

A clinic in Bangkok offers this unconventional treatment for around $650 for five sessions.

THAI FAD. This promotional handout from 2016 and received by AFP on January 4, 2018 from Lelux Hospital shows a man undergoing a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital.  AFP Photo

Learning to embrace my dark skin in a society where white is beautiful

Aug 26, 2016 - 12:23 PM

I tend to brush off the bullies and not let words cut through my skin but I can still the remember the rage inside me when a snooty boy pointed at a garbage can and told me that s where I belonged because of how dark and dirty I was

Asian women and unrealistic standards of beauty

May 24, 2016 - 11:07 AM

What is it with the obsession over fair skin and slim figures?

FAIR SKIN. In Asia, women believe the fairer the skin, the more beautiful. Screenshot from Seoul Secret video ad

Ivory Coast bans skin whitening creams

May 07, 2015 - 11:59 AM

The ban affects whitening creams and lotions containing mercury and its derivatives cortisone vitamin A or more than two percent hydroquinine a lightening agent that is used to develop photographs

BANNED. Two men walk under a giant advertising placard of skin-lightening products in Abidjan on May 2, 2015. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

#StopColorism: Panawagan ng isang babaeng kayumanggi

Mar 23, 2015 - 5:32 PM

Skin color is only color It’s only a speck in the spectrum of beauty What power does it hold to hold us back?

Skin whiteners, slimming pills most faked drugs in PH

May 07, 2014 - 2:35 PM

The Intellectual Property Office says unscrupulous traders are exploiting the aspiration of consumers especially women to have fair skin and slimmer bodies

Culture shock: Does it matter if you're brown or white?

Jan 06, 2014 - 3:25 PM

I find it baffling and ironic how white skin is seen as the ‘holy grail’ of skin tones

FDA bans 6 whitening products

Mar 16, 2013 - 4:46 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says the products contain excessive levels of mercury