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Health ministry bans 3 cosmetic products
Published on: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
By: Bernama
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Health ministry bans 3 cosmetic products
Health director-general Dr Radzi Abu Hassan said three cosmetic items have been found to contain scheduled poisons and must be withdrawn from sale. (KKM pic)
PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry has revoked the notifications of three cosmetic products as they have been found to contain scheduled poisons and are no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia.

Health director-general Dr Radzi Abu Hassan said the products are N Glowing EWSB, which contains mercury, Karisma Golden Turmeric Cream (mercury and betamethasone 17-valerate) and SL Two Intensive (hydroquinone and betamethasone 17-valerate).

The revocation of the product notifications was carried out by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), he said in a statement today.

“Mercury is prohibited in cosmetic products because it can be harmful to health, leading to kidney and nervous system damage, disrupting the development of a child’s or foetus’s brain, and causing rashes and skin irritation,” he said.

He added that products containing hydroquinone and betamethasone 17-valerate need to be registered with the Drug Control Authority and should only be used under the guidance of healthcare professionals.

Hydroquinone can cause skin redness, discomfort, skin discolouration and hypersensitivity. It can also inhibit the pigmentation process (depigmentation), which reduces the skin’s protection from harmful ultraviolet radiation and increases the risk of skin cancer.

Betamethasone 17-valerate can cause the skin to become thin and prone to irritation, acne and changes in skin pigmentation, and increase the risk of being absorbed into the blood circulation system, which can have harmful effects, he said.

He urged retailers and distributors to withdraw these cosmetic products immediately, as selling them violates the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.

“Consumers are advised to stop using the products immediately and seek the advice of healthcare professionals if they experience any discomfort or adverse effects,” he said, adding that the public is encouraged to download the NPRA’s product status app from the Google Play store.

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