Through its official Twitter account yesterday, the Health Ministry (MOH) has urged the public to avoid buying and using THREE (3) cosmetic products which are found to contain scheduled poisons.
The products disclosed by the Health Director General (DG) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah are Deeja Cosmetic Yulai Cream, Deeja Cosmetic Laila Cream and Deluxe Beauty – Ultra Lightening Cream Pearl Perfect Fairness, which contain hydroquinone, mercury and betamethasone 17-valerate.
In the statement it is mentioned; “Notification of the cosmetic products involved has been cancelled by the MOH senior director of Pharmaceutical Services. Therefore, these cosmetic products are no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia.”
DG also added that products containing hydroquinone and betamethasone 17-valerate are required to register with the Drug Control Authority and could only be administered with the advice of a health professional.
Improper use of hydroquinone without professional advice can cause redness of skin, discomfort, discolouration, and even hypersensitivity of skin. Even worse, it can also inhibit the process of pigmentation (depigmentation) which reduces the skin’s protection from harmful UV rays and leads to an increased risk of skin cancer.
On the other hand, betamethasone 17-valerate can cause facial skin to become thin and prone to irritation, acne, pigmentation, as well as increase the risk of being absorbed into the circulatory system which can lead to harmful effects. Meanwhile, mercury-filled cosmetic products are not only harmful to the skin but also the nerve system and the kidneys.
Not only that, these harmful substances in cosmetic products can interfere with the brain development of young or unborn children, he said in his statement.
Sellers and distributors of these products have been warned to stop selling and distributing them immediately, as they are violating the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.
“An individual who commits an offence under these regulations shall be liable to a fine not exceeding RM25,000 or to imprisonment not exceeding three years or both for the first offence and to a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or to imprisonment not exceeding five years or to both for the next offence. Companies that commit offences can be fined up to RM50,000 for the first offence and fined up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences,” he added.
I don’t know how people can trust these sketchy-looking products with their face. Maybe we should all invest in skin education instead of cheap and toxic products.
Credits to Malay Mail for the initial coverage.