3 beauty products found containing harmful substances

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THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued a warning against the use and sale of three cosmetic products from Malaysia, which has been found to be contaminated with mercury and hydroquinone. 

The ministry yesterday stated that the prohibited ingredients are known to cause harmful side effects potentially hazardous especially to the skin and brain.

The products listed are VCARE Beauty Solution-Perfect Whitening Cream and Syma Beauty Skincare (SYMA-Night Cream) as well as Seri Putih Skincare 3 in 1. 

The ministry through the laboratory of Drug Quality Control Section, Pharmaceutical Services found out that two of the three mentioned products had hydroquinone while the remainder was tainted with mercury.

The ministry stated that 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.

Mercury, said the ministry, 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.

The ministry also pointed out that it has not issued any approval or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for the sale of these products therefore import and sale of the products in the  country is not permitted.

Members of the public who have purchased or used these products are advised to stop immediately and should consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions as a result of using them.

Members of the public will be fined $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both for the involvement in the retail of these products in every means. 

The Ministry of Health would also like to call upon the public for their cooperation to report to the Pharmacy Enforcement Section if any of these products are still found on the market in the sultanate. 

For further information and communication, the public may contact the Pharmacy Enforcement Section at 2393298 extension 208, send an e-mail to pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn or visit the section at 1st Floor, Pharmaceutical Services’ Building, Kg Madaras, Mukim Gadong A.

The Brunei Times