The Ministry of Health has urged the public to stop using some skin care products as they contain harmful substances.
These are Sifu Kunyit Day Cream, Sifu Kunyit Night Cream and JJ Skincare Glowhite Night Cream which contain hydroquinone, tretinoin, betamethasone valerate and mercury.
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham said these products will no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia as they violate the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.
He said betamethasone valerate thins the skin, making it prone to irritations, acne, and changes in skin pigmentation. It also increases the risk of the substance being absorbed into the blood circulation system which can be harmful.
Dr Noor also explained that hydroquinone causes redness of the skin, discomfort, changes in skin colour, the skin becoming more hypersensitive and depigmentation which may increase the risk of skin cancer.
While tretinoin also causes redness, besides making users feel uncomfortable, painful, as the skin would peel and become hypersensitive to sunlight if used without medical supervision.
Mercury on the other hand is prohibited in cosmetic products due to it being harmful and can be absorbed into the body.
It can cause damage to the kidneys and nervous system, as well as disrupt the brain development of young or unborn children.
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