According to the 2005 Ghana Health Report approximately 30% of Ghanaian women and 5% of Ghanaian men were actively bleaching.
The same statistic indicates that currently, 50% to 60% of adult Ghanaian women are currently breaching.
Mr Albert Ankomah, the Upper West Regional Head of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has advised the general public to stop using skin bleaching creams and steroids to prevent skin related diseases.
Mr Albert was addressing a public forum organized by the FDA in collaboration with the Nesly Rose Foundation; a young health focused nongovernmental organization in the Upper West Region.
The Nesly Rose Foundation through its ‘Stop Skin Bleaching Campaign’ is discouraging the use of skin bleaching creams such as hydroquinone, mercury and steroids.
The foundation is however sensitizing the public to use locally skin nourishing products for improved health benefits.
Mr Albert Ankomah said the use of skin bleaching creams have diverse effects such as skin cancer, liver toxicity, hypertension and skin infection among others on the user.
Some women at the forum said it is out of ignorance that led them into skin bleaching. The women called for more education on the use of bleaching creams and their negative effects.