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The Dark Side of Skin Lightening: The Philippines

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Broadcaster:  Channel NewsAsia

Skin bleaching products are putting lives in danger in the Philippines, yet business is booming.

 

In her quest to be "super white", 27-year-old Lavin Galicha spends 30% of her salary on skin lightening products like soaps and lotions. But she wanted to whiten fast and resorted to an injectable drug meant for cancer patients - glutathione. Health authorities do not approve glutathione injectables for use as a skin lightener, yet Lavin has been administering it on herself thrice a week for the past three years.

 

Now even medical professionals want to cash in on the trend, what can be done to stop this dangerous trend? 

 

From the series Undercover Asia

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