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Good Old Bleach As a teenager you probably associate bleach with cleaning and chores These days bleach seems to be popular in a variety of ways If you look around in the halls of Jarvis youre bound to find several students who have bleached their hair Bleaching hair is common and relatively harmless But there is another place some people use bleach on the face In our modern society it seems that a large number of Blacks and people from other ethnic groups are using bleaching creams to lighten their complexion Some use these creams mainly to bleach unwanted dark hair on their face but others use it to change their skin tone s not exclude high school students Ten girls at Jarvis that I talked to ranging from ages fifteen to seventeen said they use bleaching creams One would probably ask why The answer is because of self-image Why do young girls starve themselves to lose weight It has been shown that they are trying to fit into the ideal image that this society portrays Similarly skin bleaching is a response to societal pressures and media portrayal of models A popular cosmetic product that is often used to lighten the skin is hydroquinone It is a white or colourless crystalline compound After washing the face the cream is applied with fingertips rubbing the cream into the face and neck These creams appear the same as an ordinary cream except that they contain harmful chemicals Bleaching creams containing hydroquinone provide a lighter complexion over time and are found to be relatively safe with ordinary use that is if its used in a very low concentration Thats why these types of creams are being sold in stores across Canada at a limited concentration of 2 bleach Concentration levels between 2 to 4 are found to be safe With this regulation in mind those whouse bleaching creams have
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