MoH bans sale of 3 skincare products

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THREE skincare products from Malaysia have been found to contain substances deemed hazardous to people as well as potent ingredients prohibited in skincare cosmetic products.

The products were identified by the Pharmacy Enforcement Section of the Ministry of Health (MoH) through post-marketing surveillance activities conducted at retail outlets.

The ministry, in a statement issued yesterday, announced that the products – Lyanaz Beauty Care Babies Blink Gold-White Cream and Nour Ain, 4-1 Exclusive Set-Night Cream – were found adulterated with Mercury while SWL Toner Lotion B contained hydroquinone and tretinoin.

Following these findings, the products are not allowed to be imported and sold in the sultanate.

The authorities advised those who have purchased or used the said products to stop using them immediately and consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions as a result of using them.

The public have also been reminded that it is an offence under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations, 2007 to import and market cosmetic products in the local market (including online retail such as through Facebook, etc) without a Cosmetic Product Notification Acknowledgement Letter from the authority.

Anyone found guilty can be punished with a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.

The ministry said 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.

Meanwhile, hydroquinone and tretinoin are potent ingredients used in western prescription medicines to treat skin conditions and is prohibited in skincare cosmetic products under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations.

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

The ministry also stated that the inappropriate use of tretinoin could lead to redness, peeling and scarring of the skin.

The public may contact the Pharmacy Enforcement Section at 2393298 extension 208 or send an e-mail to pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn or go directly to 1st Floor, Department of Pharmaceutical Services’ Building, Kg. Madaras, Mukim Gadong A, for more information.

The Brunei Times