An of local governments in the UK, called the LGA, has warned about the use of some skin-lightening creams. The LGA discovered that some of the whitening they tested contained banned ingredients and were thus . However, they were for purchase in UK stores. An LGA spokesperson said these ingredients could pose a serious to consumers' health. He said there has been an increase in the number of experiencing health problems after using the creams. These include seizures, and scarring. The spokesperson said the creams could increase the risk of skin , and liver and damage.
The global skin-lightening is booming. In 2017, it was valued at an $4.8 billion and is forecast to nearly double to around $8.9 billion in the next . Many people use it to reduce the of the color of their skin. The LGA warned that " retailers" were selling illegal skin-lightening lotions on which the label incorrectly listed the ingredients and omitted the illegal . The LGA said some illegal ingredients acted like paint and could burn off the top layer of skin. It said: "Skin creams containing banned ingredients are very dangerous and could damage your health, scar you for and even kill you, so they should be avoided at all ."