Injectable Skin Lightening Products: What You Should Know

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).