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Master Thesis

Étude des agents dépigmentants et de leur utilisation détournée dans la dépigmentation volontaire

Abstract : Lightening agents are commonly used in dermatology to treat hyperpigmentation problems, mainly in post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation and melasma cases. Because these lightening agents are very effective, a growing number of users have diverged from the recommended usage to alternative purposes in order to voluntarily brighten their skin. These practices are particularly widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa and have created serious public health issues. The use of these lightning agents for non-medical purposes provokes both dermatological and systemic complications. This "fad" stems from the socio-anthropological idea that black skin is inferior to all other skin tones. Health authorities should design and implement enforcement measures to halt the unregulated skin lightening practices and support the use of these agents for therapeutic purposes. Without health authorities' involvement, these measures cannot be implemented in an effective and sustainable fashion.
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Nathalie Migan. Étude des agents dépigmentants et de leur utilisation détournée dans la dépigmentation volontaire. Sciences pharmaceutiques. 2013. ⟨dumas-00948541⟩



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