Afro Hair & Beauty Show organiser defends skin bleaching stall
ONE OF the Afro Hair & Beauty Show organisers has defended giving a skin bleaching stall the green light at the popular event last month, despite causing outrage in the black community.
INSULT: Fair and White skin bleaching products on sale at Afro Hair & Beauty
Verna McKenzie, who runs the show alongside partner Grace Kelly, said she didn’t see the problem with the Fair and White skin-lightening stall, but voiced concern over the ‘abuse of the product.’
She said: “The thing with these skin lightening products is the abuse of the product. [Initially skin lightening creams were there] to cater for acne scarring and people with age spots. I don’t know why people use them to lighten their skins.
She continued: “We have to have them there… I guess we don’t have to have them there, but it’s like people don’t have to sell alcohol. [People] abuse alcohol, it’s the same as skin-lightening creams. There’s a market for it, but people abuse it.”
When asked whether the event, now in its 30th year, had a responsibility to ban such products, McKenzie replied: “No, we have a responsibility to cater to the market place. People abuse the products. It’s personal choice. I can’t stop people buying these creams, it’s how they choose to use them.
According to a survey carried out by the British skin foundation, more than 80 per cent of skin specialists claim skin-lightening creams are safe if prescribed by a licensed dermatologist.
However, skin bleaching products are widely available for purchase in beauty shops catering to the Afro-Caribbean community.
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