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03/25/2010 02:09 PM ID: 83506 Permalink   

Skin-Whitening Creams Booming as India Seeks Fairer Skin

 

Skin-whitening creams are experiencing a massive boom in India as millions strive for fairer skin. People with darker complexions are often discriminated against and lighter skin is widely promoted as more attractive by the media and celebrities.

Skin whitening products, which retail for $0.50-$150, now outsell tea and Coca-Cola. Current annual growth of 18 percent is expected to hit 25 percent in 2010, giving the market a value of $432 million.

Experts have questioned the effectiveness and safety of products amid reports that a significant number of them contain steroids - a claim denied by the manufacturers. Doctors fear their advice is being lost amid a storm of marketing.

 
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  idiots  
 
they have dark skin for a reason. it naturally helps to protect them from the sun.
 
  by: robplatt   03/25/2010 04:27 PM     
  It is the same..  
 
in Africa, they has been some real problems with these creams but they still continue.

I can talk I love tanning creams.
 
  by: captainJane     03/25/2010 06:12 PM     
  Same is true in Thailand  
 
If you walk into a beauty store, more than half the products are for skin whitening. Almost all the beauty commercials on TV are for skin whitening. Even darker skinned girls act a lot more shy in general because they are not as popular with guys. It is a very strange thing. A girl can be drop dead gorgeous but is as shy as some geeky nerd girl simply because she never is around guys that like her because her skin is darker. While light skinned girls are more popular and as a result more outgoing...

It is very strange. I have talked with some girls while I was in Thailand that if they were to come here, they would be having to fend guys off with a stick just because they were so hot! They most of the time thought I was crazy though when I would tell them this...
 
  by: slavefortheman     03/25/2010 06:25 PM     
  I´ve gotten comments  
 
all my life over how pale I am, maybe I should move there...
 
  by: gryphon50a   03/25/2010 11:47 PM     
  Wow  
 
I thought everyone hated the white man.
 
  by: hellblazer     03/26/2010 05:36 AM     
  //  
 
How pathetic that people with darker complexions think by bleaching their skin it will help them get a job.

@hellblazer
lol

@robplatt
lol

palmFace^10
 
  by: MannyisHere     03/26/2010 06:42 AM     
 
 
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