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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, Otcembtr 4, 1974 .HE LETHBRIOGE HERALD 47 REALCAOUETTE Black-skin tighteners dangerous By JOHN BORRELL London Observer In South Africa, where black is hardly regarded as beautiful among the powers that be, Africans are now spending more than 000 a year on skin lightening creams in the hope of chang- ing their complexions. In doing so they are not only bowing to the psychological pressures of a society in which status and privilege are based on whiteness, but also running the risk of serious physical damage or being conned by products which will leave them as black as the day they were born. The South African Medical Journal has just published an article written by four der- matologists at a hospital in Johannesburg, which describes the skin lightening creams as "cosmetic dis- asters" and which blames them for inflicting permanent damage on thousands of Africans The medical term for the damage caused by the skin lighteners is leucomelanoderma a grotesque mottling effect caused by the depigmentation of the skin. Some of the skin lightening substances have even been harmful to the kidneys. DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES The most dangerous sub- stances are chemicals called monobezone and ammoniated mercury and although most manufacturers have changed to less toxic substances, there is concern in the medical profession about the lack of proper testing and analysis. According to the der- matologists, 347 Africans were treated for leucomelanoderma at two Johannesburg hospitals dur- ing a six month period and the pictures they published of some of their patients look like shots of napalm victims. One of the dermatologists said the real problem was the lack ,of government control over the production of this type of cosmetic. "In America and Europe manufacturers who did this would be sued out of ex- istence. In South he said bitterly, "it seems that anything goes as long as it effects the poorer and more ignorant section of the pop- ulation." Ail four dermatologists said the only way of preventing the mutilations caused by creams was for the government to im- pose more stringent restric- tions on their manufacture and use and to allow the more dangerous brands to be purchased on prescription only. The South African depart- ment of health says it is look- ing into the matter but claims that it already has stringent regulations regarding harmful. substances. Since the disastrous effects of some of the compounds were brought to light, most manufacturers have dropped substances like monobenzone and ammoniated mercury. Some are using a substance called hydroquinone but.the dermatologists say that this too can cause skin damage. They are urging the govern- ment and companies to carry out more scientific tests on its long term effects. Other companies which haye dropped harmful sub- stances from their preparations seem to have gone in for the type of sales techniques which would have made a Wild West patent medicine salesman blush. Inside the colorful packag- ing adorned with light skinn- ed beauties and exotic promises, they are putting substances that are certainly harmless so harmless in fact that the purchaser has ab- solutely no chance of changing color. Big spenders fared poorly in federal election OTTAWA (CP) Stephen Roman, the millionaire busi- nessman who outspetit all other candidates in the 1972 federal election and lost, did exactly the same thing this year. Figures compiled by the chief electoral officer show that Mr. Roman, president of Denison Mines Ltd., spent in his unsuccessful bid to unseat Liberal Barney Danson in York North riding on the outskirts of Toronto. Mr. Danson, appointed urban affairs minister after the election, spent Mr. Roman, a Conservative, spent in his 1972 cam- paign against Mr. Danson. The 1974 figures, tabled in the Commons by Government House Leader Mitchell Sharp, show that many big spenders fared poorly. The second most costly campaign was waged by Con- servative John Thomson, a Calgary oilman who lost to Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie in Toronto Etobicoke. He spent 291 compared with for Mr. Gillespie. 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