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Concerns Rise Over Beyoncé’s Skin Tone Amid Speculation of Skin Lightening: Health Experts Warn of Risks


Global icon Beyoncé has sparked speculation on social media about the lightening of her skin after recent photos showcased a noticeably lighter complexion. The 42-year-old diva’s appearance at the US premiere of “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé” with platinum-blond locks and a silver gown prompted fans to question whether she has undergone skin-lightening treatments.

Social media users expressed their observations, with some questioning the authenticity of her appearance. While it remains unclear whether Beyoncé’s lighter skin tone is a result of photo editing or actual lightening products, health experts have issued warnings about the potential life-threatening effects of such treatments.

Dr. Deetej Singh, dermatologist and founder of Sandia Dermatology, emphasized the serious health consequences associated with skin bleaching. The process involves using creams and lotions to reduce melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color. Health risks include skin inflammation, discoloration, and even organ failure.

The use of over-the-counter skin-bleaching products, once deemed unsafe by the FDA in 2006 due to the inclusion of hydroquinone, has raised concerns. Hydroquinone has been linked to skin discoloration, rashes, and facial swelling, with excessive use leading to exogenous ochronosis—a disorder resulting in blue-black skin pigmentation.

Furthermore, some skin-lightening products contain mercury, which, when absorbed into the bloodstream, can cause organ damage, infections, and even coma or death. Health experts warn about the lack of regulation in the over-the-counter market, allowing potentially harmful ingredients to be used without proper labeling.

Last year, a Minnesota mom experienced partial blindness due to mercury poisoning from skin-lightening creams. A study found that 12 percent of skin-lightening products contained mercury, with symptoms of mercury poisoning including poor peripheral vision, sensory disturbances, lack of coordination, and muscle weakness.

This is not the first time Beyoncé has faced scrutiny over her skin tone. Previous instances, such as an ad campaign with Jay-Z for Tiffany and Co in 2021, sparked accusations of skin lightening, sending a concerning message to fans. Health experts stress the importance of safe treatments under the guidance of healthcare professionals for those seeking to address skin tone issues.

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As speculation continues, a representative from Beyoncé has been approached for comment on the matter.

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