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Jingthing

Skin whitening products -- reprehensible or wrongheaded?

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As many of you know, skin whitening products are very popular in Thailand and openly advertised. But these products are unsafe, both physical and arguably psychologically (what's wrong with being darker, hmmm?). 

 

When shopping, watch out for "stealth" whitening products. You may be shopping for something innocent like moisturizer and see a familiar international brand but not realize that it's a whitening moisturizer tailored for the local market. So read the labels.

 

It's up to the Thais of course to regulate this if they wish. There is the demand but there is demand for a lot of things that are social and physical evils. Also as described in the linked article, making rules can BACKFIRE (again, because the DEMAND will still be there). 


 

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Dangerous skin bleaching has become a public health crisis. Corporate marketing lies behind it.

 

In the past several years, multinational corporations have heavily marketed the idea that lighter skin leads to more prosperity. As a result, dangerous skin bleaching has become a public health crisis, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/06/15/dangerous-skin-bleaching-has-become-public-health-crisis-corporate-marketing-lies-behind-it/bd5cac930

 

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2 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

Farangs find dark skin on Thais quite attractive. On only has to visit Buriram or Khon Kaen to see that.

White skin means the person has not had to work in the rice fields, and is therefore hi-so.

Dark skin is a favourable genetic adaptation to an environment. I don't hear of any dark-skinned Thais being afflicted with melanoma.

The answer to the OP's question is - both.

Yeah, it's about much more than sexual attractiveness. It's about perceptions of class being linked to skin lightness. Sadly we see this in many parts of the world. 

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13 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

Farangs find dark skin on Thais quite attractive. On only has to visit Buriram or Khon Kaen to see that.

White skin means the person has not had to work in the rice fields, and is therefore hi-so.

Dark skin is a favourable genetic adaptation to an environment. I don't hear of any dark-skinned Thais being afflicted with melanoma.

The answer to the OP's question is - both.

Falangs like light skinned Thai women better.  Check out the rental prices.  

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25 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

As many of you know, skin whitening products are very popular in Thailand and openly advertised. But these products are unsafe, both physical and arguably psychologically (what's wrong with being darker, hmmm?). 

 

When shopping, watch out for "stealth" whitening products. You may be shopping for something innocent like moisturizer and see a familiar international brand but not realize that it's a whitening moisturizer tailored for the local market. So read the labels.

 

It's up to the Thais of course to regulate this if they wish. There is the demand but there is demand for a lot of things that are social and physical evils. Also as described in the linked article, making rules can BACKFIRE (again, because the DEMAND will still be there). 

As I do not understand one thing regarding what this OP is about, there is at least one fact that you can´t have been missing. People in cold parts of the world, love the sun and want to be brown, while people in hot countries try to avoid the sun and keep thier skin white.

That´s just how it is. That all products are  unsafe, is probably not right either. Anyway, thanks for a very entertaining and laughable post. 

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12 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Yeah, it's about much more than sexual attractiveness. It's about perceptions of class being linked to skin lightness. Sadly we see this in many parts of the world. 

Why sad?  How is one supposed to carry a parasol while cutting rice?  You should probably check out some photos of VIP's in Thailand 50 or so years ago.  The white skin thing is quite recent.  

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In Thailand, the manufacture, importation and sale of cosmetic products, including so-called skin whitening products, are regulated by the Cosmetics Act B.E. 2558 (2015)

 

http://www.fda.moph.go.th/sites/Cosmetic/Shared Documents/Laws/Cosmetics Act B.E. 2558 (2015).pdf

 

The above-linked English translation of the Cosmetics Act and the various Ministerial Regulations and other rules issued under the authority of this Act make interesting reading.

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3 minutes ago, Isaanbiker said:

Nonsense. Not all foreigners like white skin, which might be the reason why they are here. 

Not what I said.  I said Farangs like light skinned women better.  It is easy to check.  But we can't discuss the specifics of that industry on Thai Visa.  

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5 minutes ago, Pilotman said:

No they don't, I certainly don't and  neither do my friends, or indeed, anyone I know.  Darker skinned Issan girls are beautiful. 

Good for you.  Look at TV.  Tell me what the dark skinned actresses are doing.  This is Thailand.  Rank and value is based partly on skin color.  You have retired expats who are lucky to have a female of any color and you have normal farang working guys living here.  The total of those two makes up the total Farangs.  And most like the light skinned women because of their perceived social status.  A man is also ranked by his wife.  Trophy wife gets more points.  Trump is a good example.  

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1 minute ago, marcusarelus said:

Good for you.  Look at TV.  Tell me what the dark skinned actresses are doing.  This is Thailand.  Rank and value is based partly on skin color.  You have retired expats who are lucky to have a female of any color and you have normal farang working guys living here.  The total of those two makes up the total Farangs.  And most like the light skinned women because of their perceived social status.  A man is also ranked by his wife.  Trophy wife gets more points.  Trump is a good example.  

we are not talking about Thai preferences here and what you say about Farangs is far from universal and is unprovable.   As I say, I know of nobody in my circle that prefers lighter skinned girls. 

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1 minute ago, Pilotman said:

we are not talking about Thai preferences here and what you say about Farangs is far from universal and is unprovable.   As I say, I know of nobody in my circle that prefers lighter skinned girls. 

It is very easy to prove but I can't talk about it because we can't discuss the specifics of that industry.  

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The part that throws me for a loop over here is how many of the products and surgeries actually make beautiful people look much worse. 

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Blame the advertisers - $ # 1 

Watch Thai TV, there all white & they never sweat, they all have great AC, that's what they aspire too, they think they should be the same as their soap opera starts.

Believe it is similar in the west with people wanting to be like their heroes like the big ass Kardishians or whatever they are called.

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