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THE National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) has cancelled the notification of four cosmetic products because they have been found to contain scheduled poisons and thus are no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia.
Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the four products are BL Skincare Day Cream 1, which was found to contain hydroquinone and tretinoin, while the other three products are Biela Beauty Glowing Night Cream, BL Skincare Day Cream 2, and BL Skincare Night Cream, which contain mercury.
“The notification of the cosmetic products involved has been revoked by the senior director of pharmaceutical services and are no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia,” he said in a statement today.
Dr Noor Hisham said people using these cosmetic products are advised to stop immediately and seek advice from health professionals if they experience any discomfort or adverse effects.
He said hydroquinone can cause redness on contact with skin, discomfort, unwanted skin discoloration, hypersensitivity, and depigmentation, which reduces skin protection from harmful UV rays and can increase the risk of skin cancer.
The use of tretinoin without the supervision of a health professional can cause skin redness, discomfort, soreness, flakiness and hypersensitivity to sunlight, he said.,
“Mercury is banned in cosmetic products because it can be harmful to health. It can be absorbed into the body and cause damage to the kidneys and nervous system and can interfere with the brain development of young or unborn children,” he said.
He said mercury can also cause rashes, irritation and other changes to the skin.
Dr Noor Hisham said sellers and distributors of these cosmetic products should stop their distribution immediately to avoid violating the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.
An individual who commits an offence under the regulation is liable to a fine not exceeding RM25,000, imprisonment not exceeding three years, or both for their first offence, and to a fine not exceeding RM50,000, imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both for subsequent offences.
Companies that commit the offence can be fined up to RM50,000 for the first time and fined up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences.
People are encouraged to check the notification status of a cosmetic product by visiting the NPRA website or through the NPRA Product Status app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. – Bernama, July 4, 2022.