Be Comfortable Under Your Own Skin: A lesson to learn from African nation, who has banned use of Whitening Cream


The Ministry of Health, Rwanda Food and Drug Authority has recently banned the use of skin whitening cream.

Rwanda is an East African country which has officially banned the use of skin lightening and bleaching products. Considering the disadvantages and dangerous effects of these creams the government took notice of those products with low-quality ingredients and particularly that include hydroquinone


“It is being implemented by the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Food and Drug Authority and the Rwanda Standards Board,” Simeon Kwizera, the public relations and communications officer for the board told CNN.

“Operations are being conducted by technical people,” he said. “The police is there to oversee only and make sure that all operations are being conducted in a safe way.”

The need to ban these whitening products was also mentioned by President Paul Kagame back in November 2018. In a response to a tweet by a woman user calling for the crackdown on skin bleaching.

Positive action was taken by the Police of Rwanda and they seized more than 5,000 banned bleaching products including lotions, oils, soaps and sprays from beauty shops across the country.

This is the time when we need to learn that every skin colour is unique and beautiful. Bashing someone because of skin colour is not a human-centric practice. The skin whitening products that are available in the market, most of the times contain harmful ingredients that can even cause skin cancer.



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