• Users Online: 82
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-6

Use of skin-bleaching products among Saudi population: Are they aware of their hazards?

1 Department of Dermatology, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Dermatology, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Medicine, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Hend M Alotaibi
Department of Dermatology, King Khalid University Hospital, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jnsm.jnsm_101_20

Rights and Permissions

Background: The application of skin-whitening products to have fairer and lighter skin tone has now become common practice worldwide. Research supports that even skin distribution and fairer skin are the symbol of attractiveness and superiority. Objective: This study aims to determine the belief and awareness about the composition and hazardous effects of skin-whitening products among Saudi population. Design: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study. Methods: A total of 395 respondents participated in the study. This was a cross-sectional survey study that was carried out in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The two-part questionnaire was filled by a convenience sample of 395 Saudi participants. The survey questions were related to whitening creams effectiveness, reasons of use, and the safety of the whitening products. The survey data were analyzed using SPSS version 21. Results: The most representative age group who responded was 18–25 years (26%), 73% were female (n = 185), and 53.1% were married. Regarding the level of knowledge among respondents on skin-whitening cream-negative implications, it was found that there is an association between age and whitening cream side effects (<0.05). Ages between 18 and 25 (73.5% said yes) and between 31 and 35 (75.6%) suffer higher from side effects of whitening creams as compared to the other age groups. Conclusion: The analysis shows that cosmetic use of skin-whitening creams is more common among females. The people of all age groups were not aware of the deleterious effects of skin-whitening creams. From the study, it was found that people who suffer from the negative effects of creams were mostly of age less than 35.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded202    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal