MoH bans three skin-care products

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THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued a warning to the public on the use of three cosmetic products found to be adulterated with undeclared substances.

The products were tested by the laboratory of the Drug Quality Control Section of the Department of Pharmaceutical Services under the MoH.

The three products, manufactured by SOB Global Resources, are ‘Secret of Beauty Skincare-Night Cream’ found to be adulterated with Hydroquinone and Tretinoin and ‘Secret of Beauty Skincare-Moisturiser’ and ‘Secret of Beauty Skincare-Cleanser’ found to be adulterated with mercury.

Unsupervised use of Hydroquinone may cause skin hypersensitivity, skin discolouration resulting in gradual darkening of the affected skin area and an increased risk of skin cancer.

The inappropriate use of Tretinoin could lead to redness, peeling and scarring of the skin.

Mercury is a potent ingredient that is prohibited in cosmetic products as stipulated in the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007.

It is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its hazardous effects on human health. It is readily absorbed through the skin on topical application and tends to accumulate in the body. Exposure to mercury can cause skin rashes, memory loss and muscle weakness while high exposures may result in damage to the brain and kidneys. It is also extremely toxic to unborn children.

MoH has not issued any approval for the importing of these products or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for their sale in Brunei.

The ministry is also advising anyone who has purchased or used these products to stop using them immediately and to consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions as a result of using them.

The ministry is also calling on the public for their cooperation to report to the Pharmacy Enforcement Section if any of these products are still found on the market in Brunei.

For further information, the public may contact the Pharmacy Enforcement Section at 2393298 extension 208, send an email to or go to 1st Floor, Department of Pharmaceutical Services Building, Kg. Madaras, Mukim Gadong A.

The Brunei Times