A new trial of face whitener in children has found it has the potential to damage the skin of children, with a link to facial skin whitening.
Key points:Skin cells in the skin are highly reactive to the chemicals found in the whitening agentsSkin cells also contain keratin and collagen, making them more prone to break down and cause damageThe trial, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found the skin cells in children with mild to moderate acne were more susceptible to breakdown and skin cancer than those with more severe conditions.
Dr Lisa Fagan, from the University of Western Australia’s School of Dermotherapy, said it was a case of “a real challenge”.
“If it causes any problems, then we would recommend that the person stop using it,” she said.
“It’s a very potent compound.
It does not contain any of the chemicals that are used in the cosmetic industry.”
This could have an effect on the skin and its health.
“A total of 21 children were enrolled in the trial, which involved testing their skin and using two products – a gel containing face whiteners and a serum containing anti-inflammatory peptides.”
They were tested on a range of different skin conditions, ranging from acne to acne scars,” Dr Fagan said.’
Not something we would prescribe’The gel used in this study contained a blend of ingredients that contained glycolic acid, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid, which are known to have skin-lightening properties.”
The gel was applied in a way that allowed for the skin to absorb the gel, which allowed for skin to heal and the skin’s cells to repair itself,” Dr Giannoulias said.
She said the results were surprising, but not unexpected.”
Our concern is that the results in this case could be more damaging than the gel itself, because it does not have any of those ingredients,” Dr Lisa Fagen said.
The trial was designed to assess the effect of face-whitening agents on skin in children, but Dr Fagans study found there were no significant differences in the outcomes between children who had been given the gel and those who had not.”
We don’t have a lot of data on how long it takes to do that in children,” she explained.”
So, it’s probably not something we’d recommend people do.
“That said, we have done some experiments where we’ve used other skin-brightening agents, but we’ve never had anything that we’re quite confident is going to cause a problem.”
A number of cosmetic companies have been testing face whitners in children for a number of years.
The Australian Cosmetic Law Foundation’s guidelines recommend that products containing ingredients such as glycolinic acid and aloe are only used as a “last resort” in children who have had skin cancer.
“As a cosmetic dermatologist, it is critical that you do not use products containing these ingredients in children without consulting with your child’s GP and their dermatologist first,” it says.
“In the case of children with skin cancer, we do not recommend that you use any cosmetic product containing glycolonic acid or aloe because of the potential for skin damage and cancer.”
But Dr Faga said the use of face creams and products that contain glycolistin, which is the ingredient in the gel that was tested, could increase the risk of skin cancer in children.
“A lot of the products are marketed as skin lightening creams or products that may contain glycerin, but there are still some risks associated with using products containing glycerine and glycolics,” she told ABC News.
“Some of these products are not designed to be used as skin-balancing creams, so we’d advise people to err on the side of caution.”
“The potential for harmful effects that we have seen with the ingredients in these products have been extremely low.”‘
Skin has been damaged’The research was conducted at the University’s Department of Dermalogy, and involved testing skin samples from children aged 8-12 years and adults aged over 60.
“Overall, there was a significant difference in the number of skin cells that were damaged from the gel to the serum when compared to the skin samples that had not been treated with face whitened products,” Dr Margo Williams, from Curtin University’s Faculty of Medicine, said.”[In] the skin sample that was treated with gel, there were a lot more cells that had been damaged from skin cells than there were in the other samples that hadn’t been treated.”
The study also looked at the effects of the face whiteners on the cells of the skin.
“After 24 hours, the cells that we found to be damaged were the ones that were associated with melanoma and cancer in melanoma,” Dr Williams said.