East African community bans skin lightening products

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The East African Legislative Assembly a making of Six East African countries are set to ban skin-lightening products that contain hydroquinone, a medical agent linked to health problems when used in high concentrations. 

The Legislative Assembly which consists of Six countries include Burundi Kenya Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda passed a resolution calling for a region wide ban on the manufacturing and importation of products containing hydroquinone. 

The skin lightening products are mostly commonly used in East and Southern Africa. The hydroquinone product found in the products agitates the skin and makes it peel the melanin off the dark skinned people to make them look light.

In Zambia, most lightening products have been imported from DR Congo but in the recent past, social media users have alleged that there is a product which is home made and refered to as Kojik which many people are using to lighten their skin.

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