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Skin-whitening in Asia: Magic potion or poison?

20 February 2013 Last updated at 22:05 GMT

Across Asia fair skin is considered the epitome of beauty and a sign of affluence - and it's certainly something that the beauty business has been keen to capitalise on.

The skin-lightening market in Asia alone is valued at over $13bn (£8.5bn), and advertising campaigns don't just target women - but men too.

The BBC's Babita Sharma spoke to Vicki Belo, who performs skin-lightening in the Philippines, Tuey Mac, a former model and founder of, and Dr Ayan Panja.