"Skin lightening can cause irreversible damage to your skin"

Rapper Lil Kim recently posted pictures of her notably lighter face on _Instagram, _reviving the debate about the dangers of skin lightening procedures and products.

Last year, Professor Nonhlanhla Khumalo, head of the Skin Research Lab at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Groote Schuur Hospital, warned that a large amount of skin products sold illegally in Cape Town contained hazardous and illegal ingredients.

Lester Davids, Professor of Cell Biology at UCT says that skin lightening products elements which can cause irreversible damage to one's skin.

Professor Davids spoke to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo about the impact of skin lightening products on the skin.

Listen below to the full interview...

A lot of these (skin lightening) creams contain very high levels of hydroquinone and mercury

Lester Davids, Professor of Cell Biology at UCT

The cells under the skin are under the control of hormones

Lester Davids, Professor of Cell Biology at UCT

After chronic use, your skin goes into a hyper pigment state - it gets darker. That causes irreversible skin damage

Lester Davids, Professor of Cell Biology at UCT
Read More
Meet the woman striking the gender balance in the energy sector

Meet the woman striking the gender balance in the energy sector

Noxolo Kahlana believes there are many opportunities for women in the energy sector and encourages women to jump on the bandwagon.

Should heads of state make public their health status?

Should heads of state make public their health status?

Following speculations on the health of Nigerian President Buhari, Gugs and Sizwe ask why head of states hide when they are sick.

A steep price tag may not always constitute a good bed

A steep price tag may not always constitute a good bed

702's Gugs and Sizwe chat to UCT sleep researcher about how much time and energy should go into choosing the right bed.

Suicide is prevalent among business owners - insurance advisor

Suicide is prevalent among business owners - insurance advisor

Karina Namhing, Director at Nam Inc analyses the reason insurance companies are reporting high suicide rates in 2016.

Controversial skin lightening treatment gaining popularity in SA

Controversial skin lightening treatment gaining popularity in SA

Skin lightening continues to gain popularity, despite the controversy and possible damage that can occur in the process.

Warning: The dangers of skin lightening creams

Warning: The dangers of skin lightening creams

Stephen Grootes spoke to Dr Denga Makhado, a dermatologist, about her concerns with skin lightening creams.

Popular articles
An expert guide on 'hotwifing' and 'cuckolding' in the bedroom

An expert guide on 'hotwifing' and 'cuckolding' in the bedroom

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve shares insights into sexual fetishes and how partners negotiate them in their bedroom and relationship.

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

A caller wanted to know what the alleged victim had done in order for Grace Mugabe to assault her.

WC Health Dept responds to Diphtheria outbreak

WC Health Dept responds to Diphtheria outbreak

Dr John Sonnenberg voiced his concern that communication in the Helderberg area following the outbreak could have happened sooner.

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Mayor of Cape Town speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about plans to provide more water amidst the ongoing drought.

Khoza sacking shows Zuma camp on warpath – analyst

Khoza sacking shows Zuma camp on warpath – analyst

Karima Brown says developments in Parliament over the past 24 hours shows the ANC caucus is imploding.

"I bumped into Anoj Singh and Eskom's Prish Govender at the Hyde Park Hotel"

"I bumped into Anoj Singh and Eskom's Prish Govender at the Hyde Park Hotel"

Sikhonathi Mantshantsha says surely as Anoj Singh is on suspension, he should not be talking to Eskom employees.

Journos walk out of Bathabile Dlamini's briefing after 2 hour wait

Journos walk out of Bathabile Dlamini's briefing after 2 hour wait

EWN's Gia Nicolaides says journalists walked out of the media briefing on social grants after waiting for hours for her to arrive.

Grace Mugabe used normal passport and can't enjoy diplomatic immunity

Grace Mugabe used normal passport and can't enjoy diplomatic immunity

Shadow Minister of International Relations says Mugabe's case should not be debated any further as she can't enjoy any privileges.