Since early childhood, through toys, images in the media, speeches tinged with colorism, and non-representation both culturally and politically, the beauty of the black woman has been repressed, erased, and reshaped, a point that she has no reference to identify herself with. She then begins to discolor her skin, to the point of having patches of hyperpigmentation, and being scarred for life on her face and body from the shame of her own color.
It is really difficult to estimate the rate of the population that practices depigmentation, because out of shame many lie.
This practice is a public health problem, not only in Africa but around the world in Asia and South America.
The main reasons for the initiation of this practice are varied but all result in a white skin complex. We count among them the education, the problem of representativeness, product diversion (for example Diprosone cream with cortisone is used to treat skin problems, including eczema, and all types of dermatitis and psoriasis), and use of prohibited products (Mercury, Lead, Glycolic Acid less than 20%). Hydroquinone is authorized in cosmetics when the concentration is less than 2%.
This practice leads to acne, mycosis, scab, diabetes, hypertension, bacterial infection, and melanoma.
Fortunately today a new body-positive and self-love movement called “Melanin Queen” has arrived and Black women started to accept themselves.
At Makari, all products are hydroquinone-free and natural, so you can use with peace of mind that you are not using harmful ingredients on your skin
By Guest Editor: Floraine Okoko