Craving for ‘porcelain skin’ leaves Thai women injured by flesh whiteners

Craving for 'porcelain skin' leaves Thai women injured by flesh whiteners - Independent, May 7, 2006
..."These girls are desperate. They believed the claims of some movie star and then overused shoddy products, ending up with very dark patches that are almost impossible to reverse," said Dr Wichai Hongcharu, a dermatologist at Bangkok's St Louis hospital. "When they learn it will stay like that for ever, many get depressed or even suicidal."
The quickest results come from either mercury-chloride or hydroquinone, which was banned for cosmetic use by the European Union five years ago, but is sold across Asia...
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