Poisonous beauty products are, sadly, not an unfamiliar news item. In Malaysia, beauty products are banned on a regular basis – just do a quick Google search and you’ll find a long list.
This weekend, the Health Ministry has issued warnings to the public against seven beauty products.
Poisonous Product #1: Qu Gebu AP Krim
Who: Vida Beauty (owned by Datuk Seri Hasmiza Othman, or more popularly known as Dr. Vida)
What: Contains hydroquinone (believed to be a carcinogen and can cause skin darkening and disfiguration) and tretinoin (sun-sensitivity is listed as a common side effect and blisters as a less common one, among others).
What else: Last year, another Vida Beauty product, Qu Puteh Kosmetik Whitening Pro 9 cream, was also banned for containing mercury.
Poisonous Product #2 & #3: Night Glowing and Night Glow
Who: Ezzueriche Wellness
What: Night Glowing contains traces of mercury (mercury toxicity causes severe damage to organs) and Night Glow contains hydroquinone and tretinoin.
What else: Products marketed as “anti-aging” or “skin lightening” may be likely to contain mercury.
Poisonous Product #4 & #5: Glowing Speed Gold Day Cream and Glowing Speed Gold Night Cream
Who: Babiez Glow Skincare
What: Both products contain mercury.
What else: Cosmetics containing mercury may also harm your family. They may get exposed by breathing in the vapours or simply by touching your face or a contaminated towel.
Poisonous Product #6: Nour Ain Night Cream
What: Contains mercury.
What else: Last year, the Health Ministry in Brunei banned another Nour Ain cream by Elsuhaz, plus two others – Lyanaz Beauty Care Babies Blink Gold-White Cream and SWL Toner Lotion B.
Poisonous Product #7: Royal Expert Whitening Cream
Who: Ortus Expert Cosmetics
What: Contains mercury.
What else: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration says “Check the label. If the words “mercurous chloride,” “calomel,” “mercuric,” “mercurio,” or “mercury” are listed on the label, mercury’s in it—and you should stop using the product immediately”.
What else you need to know:
- Injectable beauty products are not approved by the Health Ministry. Botox is classified as a medicine and can only be carried out by approved doctors; beauty salons are not allowed to provide the injection.
- All beauty products (including supplements and traditional preparations) must be registered with the ministry. Approved products are affixed with hologram stickers which can be verified with the Meditag decoder available at all licensed pharmacies; as well as a registration number starting with ‘MAL’ followed by 8 numbers which can be verified on the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau website.
- Some 14,200 products worth RM8.5 million have been seized by the ministry from 2013 till this year, and during the same period of time, approval for 47 beauty products has also been revoked. Apart from social media accounts, the ministry is also monitoring beauty centres, spas, and clinics.
This means that even with rules and regulations in place, many products slip through the crack and get out into the market. As a consumer, it is your right to obtain all the information you need about a service or a product before making a purchase. If you experience any adverse effects when using a new product, stop immediately.
News source: Astro Awani.
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