The Darker Side of Skin Lightening

A gracious thank you to Vicky Feng and her team at Bloomberg News for putting together this news video, The Darker Side of Skin Lightening. At the beginning of the semester, I met Steve Pitre on campus and he shot the interview in my office. It was pretty exciting! (Note: Because there was no interviewer, answering a list of questions while talking into a camera was a little weird for me. Kudos to Steve because he was super patient with me and my inability to focus my eye line on one place. I’m also sure the editing team had to work overtime to fix this!)

Recently, as part of the CARES Act, hydroquinone, a popular skin lightening ingredient, has been officially banned for over the counter usage.This has given renewed interest in conversations about skin lightening, especially here in the U.S. Although The Darker Side of Skin Lightening focuses on Asia, the conversations are very much related. Hope you enjoy the video!

Maraming Salamat,
Joanne L. Rondilla, Ph.D.
San Mateo, CA

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