Vitiligo is a skin condition which takes time to develop and completely change ones skin colour and we can all see the effects of it because the person will have light patches on their hands, face and other places we can’t see however what was ironic to me is that we saw nothing of that nature with Michael Jackson, there was no development of the condition it was him getting lighter and lighter. Another thing that makes me question the vitiligo story is the change in his features, he had a wide set nose which is typical of African and Caribbean features however as time went on he went from a wide set nose to a very narrow and pointy nose which is typical of white and Caucasian features. This here makes me question the story of a dermalogical issue and makes me think it was a deeper matter that involved personal preference and skin bleaching of some sort.
Bleaching originated in Asian, African, Latin American and Middle Eastern cultures. They cherish fairness which stems back to ancient Japan and China where whiter skin was a noble status for beauty and social rank. Japanese Geishas painted their skin white for their graceful profession as entertainers and the Chinese ground pearls from seashells and swallowed them to lighten their skin. During the Achaemenid dynasty in Persia (now Iran), farmers used hydroquinone lightening creams to offset the tanning they get from baking under the sun. The pale skin fashion reigned among men and women. Since the 1990s, skin whitening soaps, lotions, creams and pills sales has increased exponentially especially in Asia, because of the growth of the middle class population. It’s worth £276 million India and £4 billion in China. It grew bigger as they were endorsed by the celebrities who were looked up as beauty icons and became a household trend and a worldwide phenomenon.
Dithionites (S 2 O 4 2− ) . Both sodium and zinc dithionite have found use in the bleaching of mechanical pulps and textiles. The preparation of the dithionite ion is accomplished via the reduction of the bisulfite ion and sulfur dioxide with Zn dust.
Bleaching with Light. Bleaching that involves either natural sunlight or artificial light has been used to remove stains from paper artifacts and to treat textiles. The material to be bleached is first immersed in an alkaline solution of either calcium or magnesium bicarbonate, and then protected from ultraviolet radiation by covering it with Plexiglas, Lexan, or Mylar. Exposure to light is then allowed to take place for two to four hours, for natural sunlight, and two to twelve hours, for artificial light.