PP  Vol.5 No.5 , May 2014
The Use of Bleaching Creams among Central Sudan Students, 2010
Abstract: The aim of this study was to examine the use of bleaching creams containing hydroquinone, corticosteroids and mercury for skin lightening among higher secondary school students in central Sudan. A cross-sectional epidemiological study was conducted at 19 different girls’ schools. A total of 1187 young students aged 16 - 19 years old were randomly selected and approached, using a well-structured questionnaire. The main outcome measure was a number of epidemiological factors per abusers. Results revealed that, 55.4% of the respondents misused this product, whilst 51.6% of girls used cosmetics to lighten their skin for 1 - 3 years with skin irritations prevalence of 3.3%, and the face was reported as main application site (35.4%). In conclusion, the lack of health awareness and ignorance was the main causative factor, whilst education, competent authorities awareness and prescriptions restrictions were highly recommended.
Cite this paper: Yousif, A. , Ahmed, A. , Idris, A. , Elmustafa, M. and Ahmed, E. (2014) The Use of Bleaching Creams among Central Sudan Students, 2010. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 5, 532-539. doi: 10.4236/pp.2014.55063.

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