The long road back to healthy skin

CityPress - - News - NONHLANHLA NTULI

All Ntuli wanted was to en­hance her beauty.

The 41-year-old mother of two from KwaMashu in Dur­ban no­ticed that the faces of some of her friends were look­ing brighter and more beau­ti­ful. She asked them what they were us­ing and they told her about the skin light­en­ers sold in most cos­metic shops in the Dur­ban city cen­tre.

It wasn’t long af­ter re­ceiv­ing this beauty tip that Ntuli, a com­mu­nity health­care worker, be­gan us­ing a skin light­ener called Do­vate. A year later, she moved on to Hy­po­derm, as well as sev­eral other skin-light­en­ing prod­ucts.

“The prod­ucts worked well, or at least I thought they did. My fa­cial skin be­came brighter and more ra­di­ant ev­ery day,” she told City Press.

“I have never had skin prob­lems, so for me it was just to en­hance my beauty and that’s all. For months, I got what I wanted and I was happy – un­til I crossed paths with Dr Dlova.”

Ntuli had taken her daugh­ter to Dlova in Dur­ban to seek treat­ment for the child’s se­vere acne.

“We went in with my daugh­ter for an ex­am­i­na­tion, but Dr Dlova also di­ag­nosed me. She asked me what I was us­ing on my face and I told her the names of dif­fer­ent creams. She asked if I was us­ing any skin light­en­ers and I said yes.

“She told me that th­ese prod­ucts, though they may make me look good at first, will dam­age my skin and I should stop us­ing them.”

At the time, Ntuli was in the early stages of ochrono­sis, a se­vere form of hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion that de­vel­ops on the skin of the face.

For­tu­nately, she heeded the doc­tor’s ad­vice and started treat­ment. She con­tin­ues to use sun­screen to pre­vent fur­ther dam­age. She was lucky.

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