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Skin lightening and its complications among African people living in Paris

Published:August 29, 2006DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2006.05.044

      Background

      Complications caused by skin lightening practices have not been systematically studied in Europe.

      Objective

      Our aim was to assess the complications of skin lightening among people of African descent living in Paris.

      Methods

      This was a descriptive study. All patients presenting with complications from skin lightening procedures underwent a complete clinical examination and were questioned about their practice.

      Results

      Forty-six patients from various African countries (39 women, 7 men) presented with skin changes suggestive of side effects from skin lightening practices. The complications seemed mainly related to the use of clobetasol and hydroquinone.

      Limitations

      The selection bias does not allow assessment of uncomplicated skin lightening.

      Conclusion

      Complications arising from skin lightening practices represent a significant health problem for people of African descent living in Paris.
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