The Ugly Truth Of Fairness Creams- Side Effects and Harm

“Fairness solutions” – All of us search for at least once in our life. People are becoming so much obsessed with Fairness creams, that they have started relating Beauty with Fair Skin Tone.

A study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment in 2014 found toxic heavy metals present in Indian as well as international brands of beauty products. Highly toxic mercury was found in 14 of 32 fairness creams tested, out of which 26 were aimed at women and 6 were aimed at men.

Under the Drugs and Cosmetics Acts and Rules of India, mercury is banned for use in cosmetics.This metal can cause skin discoloration, rashes, and scarring and reduce resistance to infections; prolonged exposure can cause damage to kidneys. Still, it was detected in a lot of creams tested by the organisation.

Even after this, people are continuously dependent on fairness creams, to make there skin tone 2-3 tones lighter. If you are a regular user of Fairness creams, you need to know the harmful effects which may be associated with the use of it.

Following are the side effects which are caused by Fairness creams-

Side Effects of Fairness Creams

1.Thinning of Skin


Long-term use of steroids in any form can cause long-term side effects on the body like suppression of natural steroid release the in the body. A decrease in the secretion of natural steroids is associated with thinning of the skin, leading to stretch marks on the body

Apart from this, continuous use of fairness creams can make your skin start sagging fast and as a result of this, you will lose your youthful look sooner than your actual age. The reason for this sagging is the quick loss of the skin’s tightness and elasticity, caused by steroids.

2.Discoloration of skin


Fairness creams contain chemicals which inhibit production of Melanin, thus giving a fair complexion in a short run. But continuous usage of these creams and play havoc to your skin, causing long-term damage to it, and possibly causing skin discoloration. So if you are enjoying a fair skin tone today, do not think it will be there forever, your skin will start looking aged and discolored with continuous usage of fairness creams.

3.Hypersensitivity to sun


Prolonged usage of fairness creams can cause our skin to thin out and become prone to damage caused by light. This condition is known as Photosensitivity. This can lead to severe sunburns, blisters, and pigmentation.

Due to this, the moment you are out in the sun, a lot of problems initiate such as itching of skin, getting rashes, redness of the skin, blistering of the skin and even getting painful sunburns.

4.Skin allergies


Since fairness creams are nothing but something loaded with many chemicals, some of them may cause skin allergies to your skin. If you feel itching or burning after applying the fairness cream, wash off your face and stop using the cream.

5.Dry skin


Attention for Dry skin users!

If your skin is already dry, use of fairness creams can do more harm to your skin than ever. Fairness cream may cause drier and flaky skin, due to reactions from the compounds present inside the fairness cream.



Pimples is another side effect one can encounter after using Fairness creams.You may not be getting them during 1-2 months of use. But prolonged use of fairness creams is surely going to give you a lot of zits, since the compounds in these creams will be clogging your pores, and will be giving birth to pimples.



Cancer is one of the most harmful effects which is caused by fairness creams.

Fairness creams are usually made of chemical compounds such as Mercury, hydroquinone, parabens, steroids etc. which are linked to the growth of cancers inside the human body. Long-term use of fairness creams may cause cancers to develop inside the body.

What is the solution?

Chemical loaded creams are never a remedy for a youthful skin. If you want a skin which stays youthful and glowing in a long run, you need to follow a regular skin routine. Following are some natural ways through which you can keep your skin healthy and supple-

  • Clean your face thrice daily with fresh water.­ Avoid using facewashes or soaps high in sulfates and use light cleansers with herbal ingredients.
  • Apply moisturizer during the day and at bedtime.­ Avoid heavy moisturizers which may clog pores.
  • Whenever going out, use sunscreen lotion and protect your skin against harmful UV rays.­
  • Hydrate yourself adequately; drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.­
  • Have food rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
  • Avoid touching your face frequently, which can cause pimples and marks.
  • Exfoliate your skin weekly.
  • Use natural scrubs and masks to rejuvenate your skin

(You may also be interested in- The Ultimate 2018 Beauty Routine)

Most importantly, we should start believing that we all are beautiful in our own ways.No matter what our skin color is, if we learn the right makeup techniques and the right skin care routine, we all can achieve a beautiful look .So one should always be confident enough to be comfortable in their own skin and ditch fairness cream.

In the next blog, I would be sharing the homemade and safe remedies for a clear and glowing skin. Till then keep following Alluring Phoenix.

15 thoughts on “The Ugly Truth Of Fairness Creams- Side Effects and Harm

  • February 24, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    omg,I wont use them anymore

  • March 7, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Great blog right here! Additionally your web site a lot up very fast!

  • March 20, 2019 at 1:36 am

    omg that’s scary!


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