Some consumers seeking to change their skin color are turning to injectable products marketed to whiten or lighten
their complexion. These products are potentially unsafe and ineffective, and might contain unknown harmful
ingredients or contaminants. FDA has not approved any injectable drugs for skin whitening or lightening. Beyond
the potential harm from the product itself, improper or unsafe injection practices may transmit disease, cause
infection and result in serious injury.
What Consumers Should Do
If you have used these injectable products and are experiencing side effects, consult a health care professional as
soon as possible. You or your health care professional can also report an illness or injury you believe to be related
to the use of these products by calling 1-800-FDA-1088 or visiting FDA online
. If you have questions about particular skin conditions, consult a health care
professional. There are FDA approved topical drug products to treat certain skin conditions, such as
hyperpigmentation (which causes the skin to darken) and melasma (which causes patches on the face).