I have a very close 25yr Tanzanian friend who recently told me that he wanted to lighten his skin. At first I was taken a bit suprised thinking he wants to change who he was but then I realized that he was an adult who could make rational decisions for himself.
I advised him to go to a GP so that he would be referred to a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon but he was just told by the doctor to “accept your skin colour”. He seemed furious at this as he thought that skin lightening would reduce chances of discrimination and make him feel more attractive.
In my opinion, this seems a bit ignorant by the doctor. I know well that creams such as hydroquinone are dangerous and can cause skin cancer but I’m sure that there are safer alternatives. I bet people said the same thing to those wanting gender reassignment surgery when it didn’t exist yet. But now we have some methods for lightening skin so why not give them to those who have thought through about it?
What are your thoughts?