The Food and Drug Administration's Office of Nonprescription Products proposed a ban on over-the-counter sales of skin lightening products. The creams contain hydroquinone, a drug that shows some evidence of possibly causing cancer. The FDA also noted a link between the use of these creams and development of ochronosis, a condition that causes darkening and thickening of the skin, yellowish bumps and gray brown spots. Approximately 65 companies sell more than 130 skin bleaching products containing hydroquinone. In the U.S., millions of people use skin lightening creams to erasing unattractive blemishes and age spots. In Africa and Asia, where lighter skin is widely perceived as being more attractive, women who use skin lightening products have reported disastrous results, including permanent disfigurement and malfunctioning adrenal glands. Studies also found high levels of mercury in those who had used hydroquinone products over their entire body. Hydroquinone has been banned in Japan, the European Union and Australia.
Stay InformedGet the latest on class action lawsuits, settlements & more! Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter.
Get our Newsletter!
Submit a New Complaint
Been wronged by a similar product or service?
Click here to send us your complaint.
I used this product named whitenicious and it has burned my skin I also have lilttle white marks on my face. I have a big white cut throwing out liquid from my skin on the breast area . Wow no good