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Skin-lightening practice among women living in Jordan: prevalence, determinants, and user's awareness.
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PMID:  20465697     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The use and misuse of skin-lightening products among women living in Arab communities have not been documented previously. This study investigates the determinants, the prevalence and users awareness associated with the use and misuse of skin-lightening products among women living in Jordan. METHOD: Female customers arriving at selected pharmacy stores were randomly asked to complete a questionnaire. RESULTS: A total of 318 women completed the questionnaire, of which 60.7% reported the use of skin-lightening products. Users included women from different age and economic groups. Main reasons for use were preference of lighter skin tone, the treatment of hyperpigmentary disorders or both. More than a third of the users were not aware of the potential side effects of these products. A significantly larger proportion of skin-lightening product users believed that lighter skin tone plays a role in self-esteem, perception of beauty and youth, marriage and employment opportunities when compared with nonusers. CONCLUSION: Skin lightening is a common practice among women living in Jordan. It is reinforced by the association of lighter skin tone with a number of perceived benefits including perception of beauty, job and marriage opportunity. User's awareness regarding the safety of skin-lightening products and instructions for proper use are important considerations when developing interventions to control the misuse of these products.
Saja H Hamed; Reema Tayyem; Nisreen Nimer; Hatim S Alkhatib
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of dermatology     Volume:  49     ISSN:  1365-4632     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-14     Completed Date:  2010-08-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0243704     Medline TA:  Int J Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  414-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, the Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan.
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MeSH Terms
Cosmetic Techniques* / psychology
Hyperpigmentation / therapy
Self Concept
Skin Pigmentation*
Young Adult

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