Consumers need to make wise choices. They can check the status of cosmetic products at www.npra.gov.my but how many of us do that before buying a product?
Yeah, some will read reviews and ask friends for recommendations. Some do read the product labels but do we know what’s toxic, what’s not?
Manufacturers should also make consumers’ safety a priority!
Malaysia’s Health Ministry have urged consumers to stop using these 3 skin care products.
Saw the news in Malaysiakini and Nanyang Siang Pau which reported that
*Sifu Kunyit Day Cream
*Sifu Kunyit Night Cream, and
*JJ Skincare Glowhite Night Cream
are not safe as the products have been found to contain hydroquinone, tretinoin, betamethasone valerate and mercury.
The reports quoted Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
“Betamethasone valerate can cause the skin to be thinner and prone to irritation, acne, changes in skin pigmentation and increase the risk of being absorbed into the blood circulation system which can have harmful effects.
“Hydroquinone causes redness of the skin, discomfort, skin becomes hypersensitive and depigmentation reduces skin protection against harmful UV rays.
“The use of tretinoin without the supervision of health professionals can cause the skin to be reddish, uncomfortable, painful, peeling and hypersensitive to sunlight.
“Mercury is prohibited in cosmetic products because it can be absorbed into the body and causes damage to the kidneys and nervous system, as well as disrupt the brain development of young or unborn children.
“Mercury can also cause rashes, irritation and other changes to the skin,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
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