The media personality's skin has been a popular topic for years now and she is ready to "share" her secret.
While she has never hidden the fact that she has undergone medical skin lightening through a glutathione IV, Mbau rarely discusses exactly what goes into achieving and maintaining her new look. Until now...
Mbau took to social media to tease an upcoming announcement with regards to skincare and it turns out that it was just to pique interest so that she could punt the pills and potions that she needs to look the way she does.
As stated above, the chemical is called glutathione and it is administered intravenously under medical supervision.
Did you just find yourself going "huh"? Well, worry not. Intravenously merely refers to medication put into a vein. "Intravenous (IV) medications are a solutions administered directly into the venous circulation via a syringe or intravenous catheter (tube)," explains Medicine Net.
The substance works by stopping the body's natural melanin production. The surprising thing about the substance though is that it "is an antioxidant that is naturally synthesized in the body. It is involved with numerous biochemical pathways and may have some role in different diseases," according to a science-based medicine website.
Khanyi Mbau once stated that she takes monthly IV drips of Glutathione that provides vitamins, minerals, fluids stops melanin production.— Doug Stamper II (@Mtungwa_K) April 17, 2017
Naturally, there are concerns about how safe such a thing is.
the medical risk, although not proven, is that too much Glutathione long-term could lead to possible liver and kidney damage.— Doug Stamper II (@Mtungwa_K) April 17, 2017
I don't know about you guys but if my liver and kidneys were at risk, I'd rather be the darkest shade of black than run the risk of the complications associated with damage to such vital organs.
However, the need to look a certain way matters more to certain people than others. Why most celebrities turn to this procedure is that unlike the skin-bleaching creams that have flooded the market, this product works ALL OVER your body.
In fact, the company Mbau went to claims to have treated many local celebrities with the treatment. (excuse us as we go scrutinize throwback images...)
the good thing about taking the Glutathione is that there is consistent skin lightening all over, not just the face and neck you usually see— Doug Stamper II (@Mtungwa_K) April 17, 2017
Skin-bleaching creams usually fail to get to those hard to reach places like knuckles, knees and toes as well as certain parts of the face and body. They can also leave you with a side effect that South Africans have dubbed "dichubaba."
The thing about glutathione IV's however is that you have to keep doing it. You can't just go for 5 sessions, get lighter and stop as melanin production is an eternal and on-going process.
How much does glutathione cost?
Well, according to the company Khanyi went to, a single dose IV session STARTS at R950 and a double dose goes for R1500.
They also offer packages priced at R9000 for 10 single dose IV sessions and R14000 for the same amount of double sessions.
And remember, this is an on-going process.
What are the risks?
There have been various scholarly articles and web articles written about the downside of glutathione usage.
Very little has been done to study the long term effects of the use of glutathione IV's in skin lightening so there hasn't been much published about it but the Phillipines Food and Drug Administration warns:
"The alarming increase in the unapproved use of glutathione administered intravenously as a skin-whitening agent at very high doses is unsafe and may result in serious consequences to the health of users. There is inadequate safety documentation on the use of high doses of glutathione administered at 600 mg to 1.2 grams once weekly and even up to twice weekly.
The only approved indication of the intravenous format of glutathione is as an adjunctive treatment to reduce neurotoxicity associated with cisplatin chemotherapy. Adverse drug reactions resulting from the use of glutathione IV for skin whitening have been reported and include the following:
- Reports of adverse drug reactions ranging from skin rashes to the serious and potentially fatal Steven Johnsons Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.
- Derangements in the thyroid function
- Suspected kidney dysfunction potential resulting in kidney failure.
- Severe abdominal pain in a patient receiving twice-weekly glutathione administered intravenously had been reported.
Incorrect technique in intravenous administration especially in association with administration by untrained persons can result in the following:
- Introduction of harmful microorganisms that can result in serious infections including potential fatal sepsis.
- Injection of air can lead to embolus which is also potentially fatal.
- Unsafe use of needles (recycling, sharing) can result in the transmission of hepatitis B and even HIV.
Counterfeiting of glutathione has been reported and may lead to use of non-sterile preparations which could lead to serious infections."
So, seeing as you never know what may happen, think VERY long and hard about undergoing this treatment if you are considering it because you never know how it may affect you specifically.
As much as you might hate being the skin tone you are (and you shouldn't) or if you can't stand living with uneven skin tone, at least you know it won't kill you.
Main image credit: twitter.com/MbauReloaded