Millions of people around the world use products to bleach the color of their skin. The skin lightening industry is so popular that the global market for skin lightening products is projected to reach $31.2 billion by 2024, according to Global Industry Analysts.

Dr. Corey Hebert, EBONY’s medical correspondent, breaks down to our audience the dangerous side effects from skin bleaching. Many of the products available to consumers can lead to high blood pressure, skin cancer and even mercury poisoning.