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An [association / associated] of local governments in the UK, called the LGA, has warned [consumption / consumers] about the use of some skin-lightening creams. The LGA discovered that [some / sample] of the whitening cosmetics they tested contained [banned / binned] ingredients and were thus illegal. However, they were [available / avails] for purchase in UK stores. An LGA spokesperson said these ingredients could [phase / pose] a serious threat to consumers' health. He said there has been an [increase / upper] in the number of users experiencing [health / healthy] problems after using the creams. These include seizures, [rashes / trashes] and scarring. The spokesperson said the creams could increase the [risky / risk] of skin cancer, and liver and kidney damage.

The global skin-lightening industry is [dooming / booming] . In 2017, it was valued at an estimated $4.8 billion and is [cast / forecast] to nearly double to around $8.9 billion in the next [decadence / decade] . Many people use it to reduce the darkness of the color of their skin. The LGA warned that "[vogue / rogue] retailers" were selling illegal skin-lightening [lotions / potions] on which the label incorrectly listed the [ingredients / gradients] and omitted the illegal substances. The LGA said some illegal ingredients acted like paint stripper and could [burnt / burn] off the top layer of skin. It said: "Skin creams containing banned ingredients are very dangerous and could [seriously / serious] damage your health, [scar / scare] you for life and even kill you, so they should be avoided at all [costs / accosts] ."

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