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28/02/2018 13:21 SAST | Updated 28/02/2018 13:21 SAST #WTF? Pregnant Women In Ghana Take Pill To Lighten Unborn Babies' Skins Lightening the skin of babies still in the womb? Yup, it's like that. African people desperate enough to use skin-lightening creams and tablets for a fairer skin tone when they're adults is one thing – albeit one problematic thing – but trying to lighten a baby's skin in the womb is both ignorant and dangerous. Ghana has been hit by a growing trend of pregnant women taking the skin-lightening pill glutathione in the past few months. The women hope to make their unborn babies light-skinned while still in the womb. According to BBC and B&FT Online , Ghana's Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has warned women to stop using the pill, saying it is not FDA-approved and therefore illegal. They stress that using these pills to lighten the skin of unborn babies is dangerous. Mixed supplement/antioxidant still life: glutathione, astaxanthin, biotin, saw palmetto, vitamin c. The tablets are smuggled into the country via airline-passenger luggage in large quantities – despite medical experts warning that they can cause side effects in a foetus, which can include physical damage to limbs. "The use of these drugs has gone to an alarming stage; it is ignorance that is making people do so," the FDA's head of cosmetics and household chemicals, Emmanuel Nkrumah, said at a media-sensitisation workshop on unapproved bleaching pills and products.
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