Black Women, Uneven Skin Tone Issues, and The Dangers of Skin Lightening Products


By Djehuty Ma’at-Ra

The one thing I will always give Alexyss K. Tylor, known for her videos and message on Vagina Power, credit for is, bringing to the forefront the issues of American Black women and their challenges with uneven skin tone and having dark spots on their vaginas and butt cracks, which many find to be embarrassing and a threat to their self esteem and self-confidence levels.

When Alexyss was briefly on the payroll for making videos of certain products, in response to one particular video on skin lightening (which was very controversial by the way as many in the Black community deemed her to be full of self hate and promoting how Blacks could become white or lighter by lightening their skin) I started receiving email inquiries (and still receive emails) from Black women experiencing uneven skin tone and dark spots or areas on their vaginas and butt cracks, and like Alexyss originally told me, it was a very big deal to Black women and these particular females wanted solutions.

In all seriousness I really didn’t understand what the big deal was about having a dark colored vagina, even if the female was lighted skinned or what is called ‘red boned,’ because the truth of the matter pertaining to most Black males who are having sex with a Black female who may be light-skinned (or may be caramel-colored complexion or even mocha) is, pussy is pussy, and it don’t matter the color of the pussy as long as a dude can slide up in it and it’s nice, wet, and warm. And that’s just being real or keeping things one hundred, as they say.

The same is applicable pertaining to Black males having anal sex with certain Black females who have black ass cracks. To these particular Black males, like with the dark colored vagina, it doesn’t matter what color their asses are as long as they can go up in it for their own sexual gratification. 

But, this is how Black men feel about dark-colored penetrable orifices on Black females’ bodies and not necessarily how Black females who may have these dark colored orifices feel. It affects their self-esteem and sexual self-esteem levels. For women generally here in the Matrix and caught up on the Matrix or Matrix values and standard of beauty (both created by men, the sex or gender many females in the Matrix have a problem with, especially feminists and the Black female feminists who hide under Goddess or Goddess consciousness), self-esteem is tied into  physical looks or beauty. In our society, looks or beauty has a lot to do with how one feels about one’s self and one’s self-image, especially pertaining to females (most of whom who have damaged or injured Third chakras, the seat of self-esteem, ego, and self-confidence).

Alexyss revealed to me herself how painful her own experiences with these challenges affected her early off, revealing that Black men damaged her self-esteem and confidence very early in life. After having sex with her, these men would ridicule her about her body and her dark-colored orifices. It would be these personal sexual experiences that would put Alexyss on her present day path of beauty and skin lightening campaigning which in my opinion is very superficial and extreme and thus insalubrious, especially for a female and one who craves and must have attention by any means necessary, to compensate for deep-seated emotional, mental, spiritual, and psychological wounds that run deep and are avoided due to how painful they still are, despite the fact that she considers herself to be a healer. 

All wise and true healers know that healing begins with self and you can’t heal another or help others to heal until you first heal your self. Alexyss is still struggling with this and as a consequence is still struggling in life on many levels, from finances to relationships.

I couldn’t understand how a man could receive the gift of sexual pleasure from a woman and then turn around and ridicule her about her body which provided his ungrateful ass with pleasure; but then again, Alexyss revealed that these men were all low specimen Black males whose only goal was to break her down (in spirit) and control her by making her feel like shit, which they succeeded in and effectively so, because Alexyss would one day make up her mind to make herself beautiful by any means necessary and make men desire her for her to only reject them and make them feel rejected like how men rejected her and made her feel rejected (though not rejecting her body). Even though the modalities and processes would be unnatural, i.e. surgery and skin lightening procedures, her mind was made up as the goal was beauty by any means necessary.

I learned a lot about females and their extremes to beautify themselves according to Western standards and the norm and even to the point of harming themselves, over the years (from research and consultations) but especially in dealing with Alexyss.

Beauty or how a woman looks is no light thing for Alexyss and in all due honesty, I did understand why these ‘sugar daddies’ (as Alexyss called the men in her life who financed her business endeavors in the last 8-10 years) would all tell her that she leans on them too much or asks for too much help, because maintaining one’s physical appearance for beauty purposes and also purchasing raw materials to manufacture beauty, hair care, and skin care products can be an expensive thing. I know from my own brief encounter with Alexyss who was trying to make the above products on her own but without much needed financing which puts one in a position to prostitute one’s self on various levels. Having to sell her soul and sexually sacrifice her body to degenerate, lower specimen males in exchange for financial help to get a business off the ground in addition to simply maintaining  the basic necessities of life was greatly damaging to her and still unto this day.

One of the most empowering feelings a person can feel is getting their own endeavor(s) off the ground without having to rely upon another person and/or prostitute themselves whether it be sexual or otherwise.

The foregoing was provided to set a premise and give an understanding into why females would go through the extremes they do for beauty purposes, including vain and superficial beauty purposes. Again, a woman’s self-esteem in most cases is tied to how she looks and how she looks determines how she feels (about herself). After all, men are creatures who are first physically attracted to the opposite whereas females are first emotionally attracted to the opposite sex, well, before there can be sex or an intimate relationship. 

Women get or attract men by their physical looks, generally speaking; and men get women by emotionally bonding them, generally speaking.

Alexyss experienced uneven skin tone issues due to her extremes pertaining to beautifying herself under the premise of correcting everything that men told her was wrong with her body. This can result when one uses harmful, toxic, man-made products due to being so focused on a goal of changing one’s self.

Alexyss’ use of chemical skin bleaching agents (to lighten her body, including private orifices) resulted in serious uneven skin tone issues, compounding the already existing problem (dark vaginal/buttock area). So now, the quest to even out the skin tone is created.

Uneven skin tone issues can be natural or unnatural. Many Black women are born with uneven skin tone, or, the uneven skin tone develops over the years. Usually when this is the case (uneven skin tone developing over the years), it’s past-life karmic related, the root of the matter being in the etheric template which is the blue print for the development of the physical body in the present life time. All past life damage or injuries to the body is recorded in the etheric template, therefore, many of us are born with health challenges that are merely the result of what was experienced in the past life or past lives. Therefore, true wholistic healing includes vibrational healing that deals with karmic healing.

If uneven skin tone is to be dealt with, at least by health conscious Black women and other women of color as well as white women, it should be by means of natural health or alternative healing methods utilizing safe and sane methods and products.

Commercial skin lightening agents such as skin bleaching creams, serums, gels, and lotions should be avoided by all wise and/or health conscious women because the side effects can prove very injurious on many levels of existence. Remember, ideally we should be able to eat everything we put on our bodies as what we put on the external skin finds its way into the bloodstream and visits every cell and organ in the body. As a very wise and learned man and herbalist who has manufactured hundreds of natural products over the years, I only concoct health products made from food sources such as herbs and botanical oils.

I ran into a problem with Alexyss when she turned to me for help in getting her so-called natural products off the ground. I found that while Alexyss does use many natural ingredients (essential oils and botanical oils) in her personal formulations, she also consciously, willfully, and knowingly uses unnatural ingredients, most of which are very toxic and harmful, which stopped me in my tracks from helping her get her line of products off the ground and mass produced by and myself. 

The quest and goal to counter uneven skin tone is so extreme with her that she consciously goes against nature and uses that which she knows is harmful, such as GLYCOLIC ACID, KOJIC ACID, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, and ALCOHOL. 

She knows Glycolic Acid is unnatural and harmful but refuses to stop using it as an ingredient in her skin lightening products such as her skin lightening lotions. Clearly, a big reason for this is that she is ignorant to natural alternatives from food or herbal sources such as Kiwi Root which is 94% just as effective as harmful, toxic Kojic Acid, for example.

When I bring up this point in the public (social media), her “fans” come to her defense and say that I’m hating on her. But it’s not hate at all. It’s called helping and protecting people from unnecessary harm which I have a self-imposed duty to do and in which I do faithlessly and endlessly which is why you see so many videos and articles by myself on You Tube and articles section, respectively.

Instead of doing the personal and independent research on Glycolic Acid, Kojic Acid, and Propylene Glycol which I invite people to do, many Alexyss supporters (of her message and unfortunately for her not her products which keeps her on financial struggle mode) simply react from imbalanced emotion simply choosing to see things as an attack on their so-called queen and leader of the vagina power message, and to their detriment support a person/woman who is doing serious injury and harm to her own people while all the while claiming to help them and have their best interests.

If people would research Kojic Acid (its side effects), whether online or via books, they’d find out the following facts.

Kojic acid, most commonly used for fading freckles and age spots in addition to skin lightening, is a compound with the chemical name 5-hydroxy-2-hydroxymethyl-4-pyrone. Food (including herbs) don’t have names like this. 

The acid, derived from the fermentation process of mushroom and/or rice, inhibit the absorption of polyphenol oxidases, which are chemicals derived from plant and animal sources, and which convert the chemical tyrosine into melanin and by inhibiting melanin conversion, Kojic acid prevents this chemical from giving the skin its typical brown color.

In clinical tests, Kojic acid caused respiratory problems and slow breathing in laboratory mice. And you know what I say - if a chemical harms a laboratory rodent or animal, also organic beings, that same chemical will have and/or do the same harm to a human being. Why would testing be done on animals for human purposes anyway? Animals including rodents are guinea pigs and its legal to use animals as guinea pigs in laboratory experiments and not humans (who in my opinion should the guinea pigs since we are unnecessarily harming animals for products to sell to humans for human use).

“But Djehuty, aren’t mushrooms and rice natural foods?” Of course they are! But Kojic acid cannot be found by itself in nature. It is derived from the fermentation process of mushrooms and rice. You can’t liquify mushrooms or rice and get Kojic Acid. It must be processed. It comes from natural agents but after processing becomes harmful (as you cannot eat or drink it like edible mushrooms and rice products, i.e. rice vinegar). 

Kojic Acid can also cause skin sensitivity to the areas it is applied to.

In one study by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, autopsies of test animals given Kojic Acid revealed pallor of the liver, kidneys and spleen, suggesting organ damage caused by Kojic Acid. Additional studies noted an increase in the weight of the thyroid gland. Thyroid weight gain coincided with changes in thyroid gland function, which produced changes in both weight and appetite.

When Alexyss gained unhealthy weight shortly after recording for Tosh O Productions in late December 2012 due to emotional and spiritually-based food binging (which she admits to) and confined herself to her home in Atlanta for weeks due to her swelling condition (which resulted in her being clowned by Media Takeout!) and went overboard with treating her skin condition, using Kojic Acid (and the other harmful ingredients) religiously as you have to use the product consistently as the effects or results are not permanent, thus causing to prematurely end the 2013 Vagina Power Tour after only one city, Alexyss was quick to blame herbs in general and my herbs in particular as the cause of her weight gain (to body and face) though there’s no proof whatsoever that herbs can make one gain unhealthy weight and specifically confined to one part of the body (i.e. face, where Alexyss had massive swelling) and never looked to Kojic Acid which has been found or proven to affect weight gain due to affecting the thyroid gland.

Again, Kojic Acid is known to cause weight gain and Alexyss religiously used Kojic acid directly on her face which began to swell up in December of 2012. The herbs went to the war with the chemical skin bleaching toxins and her face became swollen to get her attention because in dealing with me she had to now face some things (personal truths) she had been running from her entire life. The body always speaks through metaphor. 

And also metaphysically, she also became large (weight gain), body-wise, because with the money from she was temporarily living large (living good), just as was reported by Media Takeout:

Okay, let’s now cover skin lightening ingredients and how they work.

Many skin lightening and/or whitening agents work by blocking melanin, a substance vital for the health and existence of melanated individuals including those individuals who follow the advice of Alexyss K. Tylor.

Better ingredients to Kojic Acid (and which have proved effective in clinical trials) include Alpha Arbutin, Octodecindioac Acid, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract.

Alpha Arbutin is a compound derived from organic materials and which blocks the effects of melanin on the skin, evening out and brightening skin tone.

Octodecindioac Acid is another melanin blocker and has been shown in clinical trials to reduce melanin by 16.3% in just under two weeks.

Unshiu Peel Extract is extracted from rare Japanese citrus. This product was proven in clinical trials to reduce the intensity of age spots by 28%.

If you do your research on commercial skin lightening ingredients still used in skin lightening products on the market, sadly, you’ll discover that many skin lighteners still use ingredients proven toxic and dangerous. Using these skin lightening or brightening products with these harmful ingredients can have worse effects than simply not seeing results. These can cause serious damage to your health on many levels.

In addition to Kojic Acid being on the list of toxic and harmful ingredients used in skin lightening products, you’ll find Hydroquinone and Mercury.

Hydroquinone is a carcinogenic chemical that is actually banned in most countries, except the United States. Besides increasing skin sensitivity, it has been linked to tumor growth. Therefore, this is not something you want to be rubbing into your skin.

Mercury believe it or not, is still being used in certain skin lightening and brightening products and the number reason is because it’s cheap! Mercury is one of the most harmful things you can put near your body. Mercury is sued more often than you think. Make sure you read labels before buying products.

Rather than deal with the facts - that Kojic acid is toxic, Alexyss prefers to deflect from the facts of the matter and make false and spurious accusations about me, including I stole her products (i.e my Skin Lightening Cream) and and now selling them at A man who has created over 1,000 products from his own ingenuity and creativity has to steal from another person instead of create on his own as he had been doing his entire business life? 

Her claims are absurd! Let’s look at in detail and see who’s lying (out of imbalanced emotion) and who’s telling the truth (out of honesty, using logic, and care for the people).

Alexyss made a product she calls Herbal Skin Lightening Lotion With Glycolic Acid and another one called Kojic Acid Skin Lightening Lotion (95% Natural). Now before I break things down point by point and into pabulum so that even a fool can understand, let me first state for the record that I would never use Glycolic Acid, an ingredient Alexyss willfully uses in her skin lightening products. 

This chemical (Glycolic Acid) is made from a process that involves a catalyzed reaction of FORMALDEHYDE with synthesis gas (carbonylation of formaldehyde). Dear readers, formaldehyde is the major ingredient in EMBALMING FLUID! Need I say more?

However, there are others ways Glycolic Acid can be made or prepared, such as by the reaction of CHLOROACETIC ACID with SODIUM HYDROXIDE.

Did you read this? Sodium Hydroxide? Chris Rock showed in the movie “Good Hair” what Sodium Hydroxide can do to an aluminum can. Totally dissolve it! If Sodium Hydroxide can dissolve or eat away aluminum, what do you think it can do to human skin? This stuff burns the skin and if you get your hair permed or Jheri curled, you know what it does from first hand experience.

Folks, Glycolic Acid is some TOXIC stuff and should not be used on any human skin by any conscious human being. The chemical is an industrial chemical and used as a dyeing and tanning agent as well as for making plastic, adhesives, solvent, ink and paint (in order to improve flow properties and impart gloss). Worse, it has a low pH (0.6 - 2.5) which means it is very acidic and thus corrosive. Legally, it’s classified as an irritant. Trust me, this stuff should not be applied to human skin.

And consider this, Glycolic Acid, just like Ethylene Glycol, is metabolized into OXALIC ACID which is dangerous when ingested. Again, what you put on your skin you are consuming. It ultimately enters the bloodstream. 

Oxalic acid is known for causing inflammation and swelling in the human body.

Okay, let’s get to the question, did or myself steal her toxic skin lightening products to financially benefit from without paying her.

Point number one, I don’t sell any skin lightening lotions. I only sell a skin lightening cream. Being technical, there’s a difference between a cream and a lotion. A cream is more thicker than a lotion. The viscosity levels between a cream and lotion are noticeably different.

Lotion. A lotion is a low to medium viscosity topical preparation intended for application to unbroken skin. By contrast, creams and gels have higher viscosity.

Cream (Cream). One of a class of liqueurs of a rather thick consistency. does NOT sell any skin lightening lotion, only a skin lightening cream. 

Point number two. Alexyss K. Tylor sells her Herbal Skin Lightening Lotion With Glycolic Acid for $70 ($90 for 8 ounces, $150 for 12 ounces, and $185 for 16 ounces) and her Kojic Acid Skin Lightening Lotion (95% Natural) also for $70 ($90 for 8 ounces, $150 for 12 ounces, and $185 for 16 ounces).   

I sell my Skin Lightening Cream for $39.95 for 4 ounces (I also sell a 2 ounce size for nearly half the price). Big difference in price (as I would never sell my Skin Lightening Cream for the amounts Alexyss sells her toxic lotions for as I know most Black women couldn’t afford it, at least on a consistent basis.

Point number three. Alexyss K. Tylor sells her Herbal Skin Lightening Lotion With Glycolic Acid and her Kojic Acid Skin Lightening Lotion (95% Natural) in an 8 ounce, 12 ounce, and 16 ounce bottle sizes. My cream only comes in two sizes: 2 ounces and 4 ounces.

Point number four. I would never use the toxic ingredients Alexyss K. Tylor uses and sells to Black people. Now, to claim a product is the same (and to justify her rants that and myself stole her products), logic (not emotion) would dictate the ingredients are the same or very near close the same in order to show similarity for purposes of a claim of theft. Well, let’s look at both products and diffuse the lies that can taint the mind of those who are not given unto personal research.

Alexyss K. Tylor Kojic Acid Skin Lightening Lotion:

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, ALCOHOL, KOJIC ACID, Malva Leaf, Licorice Root, Cowslip, Peppermint, GLYCEROL COCOATE, Lemon Balm, Yarrow, Bearberry, Vitamin C, Mulberry Root, Almond Oil, PEANUT OIL, Shea Butter, CLOBETASOL, and PROPYLENE GLYCOL. Skin Lightening Cream:

Ingredients: Deionized water, Kiwi Fruit water, Sophora Angustifolia extract, Olive oil, Almond oil, Avocado oil, Sunflower seed oil, Grape seed oil, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Cucumber Fruit extract, Palmitic acid, Citric acid (from Lime), and 5% grain alcohol.

Alexyss’ toxic Kojic Acid Skin Lightening Lotion contains 19 ingredients whereas mine’s contain 17 ingredients and the only ingredient both products contain is mere SHEA BUTTER.

Alexyss uses “alcohol” which is chemically derived and I use “grain alcohol” derived from plant (grain). And notice that the only ingredient that could be considered controversial in my cream is grain alcohol which is the LAST ingredient in the product meaning that of all ingredients it is used in the least amount. 

Would logic dictate one single similar ingredient used in two different products make the products the same, or, would it justify a public claim that one product was based off another? According to logic it wouldn’t. Or, does Ms. Tylor think she has a monopoly on the term “skin lightening” or that only she can make products for lightening the skin?

A little research will show that many products with the words “skin lightening” exist, for example:

A-Cute Derm Pro-C Skin Lightening Creme ($58)

City Lights Radiance Perfecting Cream

Elure Advanced Lightening Night Cream ($112.00)

Elure Advanced Skin Lightening Lotion ($112.00)

Fresh Skin Lightening Gel ($53)

Glytone Skin Bleaching Fading Lotion ($46)

Ivory Caps Skin Lightening Support Cream ($38)

Life Extension Skin Lightening Serum ($51)

Lumedia Brightener

NeoStrata HQ Skin Lightening Gel ($50)

Obagi NuDerm Clear FX

Shiseido White Lucent Intense Spot Targeting Serum ($59)

SkinBright Skin Lightener ($59)

Ms. Tylor believes she’s the only person who can make a skin lightening product or that her product is the only skin lightening product on the market. This goes back to her warped sense of entitlement she possesses and projects. 

If any woman regardless of race or skin complexion was going to buy a skin lightening cream, gel, lotion, or serum, why would they want to buy something from an inexperienced person who makes products in her kitchen, sells the products without a label (which is not professional at all), and then, sells them for an arm and a leg (high prices)? Alexyss’ motive in selling her products (to African Americans) is pure greed! Why would anyone sell an unprofessional product for more than a professional one? 

Many of the skin lightening products I listed above are professionally made, have professional labels, and cost less than Alexyss’ homemade skin bleaching products which she doesn’t even advertise pictures of the bottles of the skin lightening lotion on her website, which looks cheap.

Again, this female has the nerve to accuse Djehuty Ma’at-Ra of stealing her products which are unprofessional and TOXIC and HARMFUL!

Alexyss K. Tylor’s two skin lightening lotions are so harmful that she gives you a warning on her website about the use of the product. Please consider the following (before it is removed from her website after this article is published):

“Wear protective clothes when using this product that contains Glycolic Acid.”


Alexyss knows Glycolic acid is harmful and that’s why she has this warning on her website. In fact, she has to have it on her website because she’s into harsh chemical use and the FDA requires her to give notice.

Notice that the Skin Lightening Cream does not give a warning and that’s because it contains no harsh chemical ingredients. 

Now let’s compare Alexyss K. Tylor’s Herbal Skin Lightening Lotion With Glycolic Acid to’s Skin Lightening Cream to see if they are the same or very near same (to justify a claim of theft):

Alexyss K. Tylor’s Herbal Skin Lightening Lotion With Glycolic Acid:

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, ALCOHOL, KOJIC ACID, Malva Leaf, Licorice Root, Cowslip, Peppermint, GLYCEROL COCOATE, Lemon Balm, Yarrow, Bearberry, Vitamin C, Mulberry Root, Almond Oil, PEANUT OIL, Shea Butter, CLOBETASOL, and PROPYLENE GLYCOL. Skin Lightening Cream:

Ingredients: Deionized water, Kiwi Fruit water, Sophora Angustifolia extract, Olive oil, Almond oil, Avocado oil, Sunflower seed oil, Grape seed oil, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Cucumber Fruit extract, Palmitic acid, Citric acid (from Lime), and 5% grain alcohol.

When I was attempting to work with Alexyss and get her products off the ground and noticed how her products contained  toxic and harmful products which I brought to her attention and she defended the products, I knew then and there that I would have to create the all-natural products I thought Alexyss had but didn’t and also that she refused to make because of her faith in man-made chemicals such as Glycolic Acid and Propylene Glycol. This is how my Skin Lightening Cream came into existence for those concerned with the truth and not ghetto female drama-gossip the likes of Alexyss loves to be involved with (as it’s a form of attention and Lord knows she must have her attention by any means necessary).

In closing, I think the cat has been let out of he bag on Ms. Tylor’s motives and I trust that all sane, logical, and free-thinking individuals can see the truth of the matter that Alexyss K. Tylor and in fact have 2 different products that contain 99% different ingredients.

And since Alexyss has joined forces with my former business partners and their employee Corey Hall (going by the name “Go Hard Hustler” on social media sites), a disgruntled former employee who was ousted in April 2013 and is hurt to the core because he had to go back under the rule of Ahman Dolphin who dogged him out every chance he got before I liberated Corey by allowing him to come to Trinity Herbs (a defunct Dherbs subsidiary company) but in which I had to fire him, you know how hurt and injured people do -- they find out who else is mad at you and join forces with them and then act in cahoots, you would think Dherbs or its owner Ahman Dolphin would come to the rescue of Alexyss (since she now endorses them due to being mad at for firing her and cutting off her money) and allow her to make products in their FDA-approved facility they rent, because after all, that facility at 107655 Venice Boulevard in West Los Angeles houses harsh chemical toxins (evidenced by the “Poison” placards all over the place which you can clearly see when walking from the back parking lot to Dherbs office).

Dherbs’ new facility they moved into in September 2011 after downsizing after I left the company, as the previous location at 1931 Pontius Avenue was 5,500 square feet and the new facility only 2,500 square feet, is FDA-approved because of the tenants Dherbs rents from. Those tenants use the toxic chemicals, not Dherbs, but Dherbs merely operates out of the location, housing their wares (herbal products) there and shipping from there (with the exception of their elixirs and herbal extracts which are made there at the Venice Boulevard location). 

But it’s not going to happen because Alexyss is being used by her own volition just as Sharon’s Stone character in the movie “Casino” was being used by Joe Pesci’s character who exploited her emotional vulnerability.

If a woman truly has uneven skin tone issues or skin discoloration problems or other hideous skin complaints, there are natural products out there that work over time and without the adverse side effects. They may take longer to work, but they are safer.

Thank you for reading!

By Djehuty Ma’at-Ra
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