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Malaysia Bans 3 Cosmetic Products Containing Hydroquinone and Mercury

  •   13 Feb 2015
  •    Angelita Hu
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    Three cosmetic products were found to contain the scheduled poison hydroquinone and heavy metal mercury by Malaysia National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB) and are no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia.

    Product Name

    Notification Number

    Scheduled Poison Detected

    Name of Product Notification Holder

    Name of Manufacturer

    Hans Beauty Treatment Toner

    NOT 130304284K

    hydroquinone

    Hans Beauty & Health

    Herca Indonesia

    Hans Beauty Flawless Day Cream

    NOT 130304286K

    Mercury

    Hans Beauty & Health

    Herca Indonesia

    Hans Beauty Flawless Night Cream

    NOT 130304287K

    Mercury

    Hans Beauty & Health

    Herca Indonesia

    In Malaysia, products containing hydroquinone are classified as pharmaceutical products that require registration with the Drug Control Authority (DCA) and can only be used under the advice of a healthcare professional. Hydroquinone is commonly used to treat hyperpigmentation of skin. Unsupervised use of preparations containing hydroquinone may cause unwanted side effects. Hydroquinone can cause skin redness, discomfort, skin discoloration, hypersensitivity, a gradual blue-black darkening of the skin or even increase the risk of skin cancer. Using products containing mercury can also cause skin rashes, irritation and other changes to the skin.

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