The outrageously scandalous “lighter is better” myth exists in a more potent form in the United Kingdom. This has resulted in a huge market there for skin lightening products. Black skinned people in the UK use a lot of these skin lightening products, often knowing what the side effects are and still wanting to be whiter just to fit in. Let us speak out against entrenched racist concepts. In third world countries, it is much worse. Poorly labeled or mislabeled products attempt to validate the myth and just feed profit motive. Under the counter products proliferate and prey upon the unsophisticated who generally do not know what the dangers are. Manufacturers may not be fully interested in the side effects or labeling may be misleading or downright false.
Why skin color exists in various shades is a trivial matter. It has to do with genetics; where the previous two-hundred or so generations of your family lived and what they ate. Black is beautiful. Keep your black skin in the best possible condition with daily microdermabrasion. It only costs about 55¢ a day. You can afford that and you are certainly worth it.