Skin-whitening creams

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Volume 11, Page 71, Question No.5614

Question: What is the ruling regarding skin-whitening creams? Is there any harm in women using them?

Response: If it causes permanent whitening [of the skin] then it is not permissible, because it resembles tattooing [which is prohibited]; if, however, it causes temporary [superficial] whitening – whereby it can be removed after washing, then there is no harm in that.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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