The lightening of the skin is a phenomenon that rages in many parts of Africa but also of Asia. In black communities, this harmful practice is encouraged by colorism, which means that beauty, intelligence, and success go to non-white people but fair skin.
It may be, on the African continent, linked to colonial history. Yet, despite a struggle by the authorities against the very harmful practice of skin whitening, many women are ready to do anything to “improve” their social position by lending themselves to it.
Today, the facts are much more worrying, as it has been observed that some pregnant women do not hesitate to swallow pills meant to lighten the skin of their unborn children.
Like many African women on the continent, most Ghanaians and Nigerians use lightening creams on a regular basis.
They represent exactly 60% of Ghana’s female population. However, Ghana is an example of legislation prohibiting the marketing and use of such products. This did not, however, affect their consumption in the country.
Today, the country faces a horrifying phenomenon: pregnant women are seduced by the idea of having a baby with fair skin. For this purpose, they take a daily pill called the “glutathione pill” during their pregnancies.
This pill, of course, is not allowed by the Ghanaian health authorities. They have also conducted a prevention campaign against this pill.
They cautioned about its consequences on the health of the fetus, namely congenital malformations, especially on limbs and internal organs.
However, the use of this pill is experiencing a resurgence in recent months in many countries in Africa and Asia, and this, in all social classes.
Local authorities are still working to prosecute companies as well as individuals in possession of these illicit substances.