Health Ministry names eight cosmetics products containing poison

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PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry today named eight cosmetics products that contain scheduled poison which can be harmful to health.

The products are Moleek Day Cream; Adel Miracle Flawless Serum, Ah Beauty Night Cream, NDZ UV Whitening, Snow Cream Normal, Snow Cream Sensitive, Dnars Nar Cream – Sensitive and Ellfie Night Cream.

Moleek Day Cream, Adel Miracle Flawless Serum and Ah Beauty Night Cream were found to contain mercury; NDZ UV Whitening has hydroquinone; while Snow Cream Normal, Snow Cream Sensitive, Dnars Nar Cream – Sensitive and Ellfie Night Cream, contain hydroquinone and tretinoin.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the notifications of the cosmetic products have been cancelled by the ministry’s Pharmacy Service senior director after detecting scheduled poison materials in the products.

This means that the ministry has revoked its recognition of the products and that they can no longer be sold.

“Products containing hydroquinone and tretinoin are pharmaceutical items that need to be registered with the Drug Control Authority and can only be used with advice from health professionals.

“Cosmetic products adulterated with hydroquinone can cause redness on the skin, discomfort, undesirable skin discolouration and can cause hypersensitive skin.

“The effects of the use of hydroquinone can reduce skin protection from UV rays, which can increase the risk of skin cancer,” he said in a statement, today.

Dr Noor Hisham said cosmetic products mixed with tretinoin are usually promoted for acne treatment and to help reduce wrinkles.

“The use of tretinoin without supervision can cause redness on the skin, discomfort, burning, peeling and hypersensitivity to sunlight.

“Cosmetic products adulterated with mercury can be harmful to health as the materials can be absorbed into the body and cause damage to the kidneys and nervous system. It can also affect the development of children’s brains.

“The adverse effects caused by the exposure to mercury can be experienced by the people around you, especially children, when the products are applied to skin. The use of products containing mercury can also cause rashes, irritation and other changes on the skin,” he said.

He warned consumers not to buy and use the eight cosmetic products.

“Those who have bought and used the products are advised to discontinue and consult a health professional if you experience any discomfort or side effects,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also warned sellers and distributors to stop selling and distributing these cosmetic products immediately or face punishment under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.

Under the regulation, offenders can be fined no more than RM25,000 or imprisonment not more than three years or both for the first offence. For subsequent offences, offenders can be fined no more than RM50,000 or be jailed up to five years, or both.-NST

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