July 28 2016
Why do people change their skin color (bleaching), is it to look attractive to men or women?
Bleaching is the process of lightening or whitening materials or skin. People use certain body creams and so on this days to change their complexion. Not knowing ingredients used in such creams can be toxic such as abutin, lactic acid, gel, tropical retinoid, mercury e.t.c
Mercury is the most dangerous chemical often used in lightening creams. It causes sickness such as irritability, headache, tingling in hands among others. Such creams reduces the concentration of "melanin" in human skin.
Melanin is a pigment that gives the skin, the eyes and hair its color. Dark skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light skinned people. Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes. It provides some protection against skin damage from the sun and the melanocytes increase their production of melanin in response to sun exposure.
Bleaching leads to; skin weakening, intense irritation, redness, vulnerability to injuries and body infections. My dear sisters and brothers with all this effects on your skin,you still want to lighten your skin to look good isn't it? Taking risk! besides this is something irreversible, when you repent sincerely, Allah will surely forgive you, but the mark will still remain there, and you'll have the face the bad effect of that. so why go in it in the first place? Why not appreciate the way Allah Azzawajal created you? Think of those who can't see, who can't hear, think of our brothers and sisters who are being oppressed and killed across the globe. A lot of brothers and sisters out there are paralyzed, some can't walk, some can't speak and so on, and here you are very healthy, but still ungrateful to Allah for your creation. I tell you if you dont appreciate what Allah blessed you with, believe me nobody will appreciate you, even if they do is just for a while.
The fact that you're alive, weather beautiful, handsome, fair, or otherwise you are living a miracle. Allah created you dark skinned because he wants you that way. He loves you so much and saved you from spending money buying pills to get melanin,he has given it to you yet you dont appreciate his gift?
My dear sisters, if you are changing your skin colour to attract men, then you need to Change your way of thinking, because that way you'll only attract the opposite sex for the wrong reason, strive to please Allah not others, realize the beauty of your Deen, and the purpose why you were created. And ask Allah for forgiveness and steadfastness on the Deen.
Co-author's Bio: Sadiya Umar Joji is a graduate of biological sciences university of maiduguri. she has a great flair for creativity and writting.
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