a worrying phenomenon in Senegal

a worrying phenomenon in Senegal
a worrying phenomenon in Senegal
A new trend is causing havoc among young men: the application of balms based on stripping products on their glans to obtain a pinker color. This practice, popularized under the name “pink lips”, is extremely dangerous and has serious medical consequences.

On TikTok, videos warning of this phenomenon are multiplying. A young man explains this practice, with a supporting image. In a video that has gone viral, he warns: “In Senegal, there are men who apply so-called “pink lip” balms not to their lips, but to their glans in order to have a much pinker color. What is the purpose of such a practice? Carelessness or rudeness, but the consequences are devastating. » He goes on to warn that these men develop infections and risk contracting genital cancers, which could destroy their lives.

To understand the composition of these balms sold for 1000 CFA francs in cosmetics shops, Omar Seydou Sow, dermatologist at Keur Massar hospital, affirmed that depigmenting products can contain dangerous substances such as mercury, topical corticosteroids or hydroquinone. “These elements can lead to bacterial, mycotic or viral infectious complications,” he explains. Bacterial infections weaken local immunity, allowing microbes to colonize glands along the male urethra. Mycotic infections, caused by fungi, and viral infections such as herpes, are also major risks.

According to L’Observateur, the complications do not stop there. Pink lip balms can cause local atrophy, decreasing the size and firmness of the penis, and affecting men’s sexuality. Even more concerning, their use near the testicles can lead to testicular atrophy and hormonal imbalances, reducing virilizing hormones and causing impotence.

Abdoulaye Ndiath, urologist, is categorical: “No product should be applied to the glans, even less a product based on stripping elements. » He emphasizes that these balms increase the risk of urinary and urogenital infections due to the proximity of the urethral meatus. Additionally, the sensitivity of the glans may be reduced, affecting users’ libido.

The dangers do not only concern users. In case of unprotected sex, infections can be transmitted to partners, increasing the risk of spreading urogenital diseases. The practice of applying “pink lip” balms to male genitals is an alarming trend with potentially devastating consequences.

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