KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry's National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Department (NPRA) has named seven cosmetics products that contain scheduled poison which can be harmful to health.
The products are Qu Gebu AP Krim, Night Glowing, Night Glow, Glowing Speed Gold Day Cream, Glowing Speed Gold Night Cream, Nour Ain Night Cream and Royal Expert Whitening Cream.
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in a statement said the notifications of these cosmetics products have been cancelled after detecting scheduled poison materials in the products.
Dr Noor Hisham said among the scheduled poison found in the products were hydroquinone, tretinoin and mercury, which are prohibited in the cosmetic products.
Qu Gebu AP Krim and Night Glow have been found to contain hydroquinone and tretinoin, while Night Glowing, Glowing Speed Gold Day Cream, Glowing Speed Gold Night Cream, Nour Ain Night Cream and Royal Expert Whitening Cream contained mercury.
He said cosmetic products mixed with hydroquinone, if used can cause redness on the skin, discomfort, undesirable skin discolouration and may also cause the skin to become hypersensitive.
"The side effects of the use of hydroquinone can halt the process of pigmentation (depigmentation) which reduces skin protection from UV rays and this could lead to skin cancer.
"Cosmetic products mixed with tretinoin are usually used to treat acne and reduce wrinkles. However, unsupervised use of the product can cause redness on the skin, discomfort, burning, peeling and hypersensitivity to sunlight.
"For mercury, the side effects - when it is absorbed by the body can cause damage to the kidney and nervous system. It can also affect the development of a child's brain," he said.
He said the adverse effects due to the exposure to mercury are usually experienced by the people around, especially children.
He said when the products are applied to the skin it can cause rashes, irritation and changes on the skin.
Dr Noor Hisham warned sellers and distributors to stop selling and distributing the seven cosmetic products immediately.
"If they are found to sell these products, they will face punishment under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.
"Offenders can be fined not 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," he said.
Those using these products are advised to stop immediately and seek advice from healthcare professionals if experiencing any discomfort.