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— Picture by FACEBOOK/NATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL REGULATORY AGENCY – NPRA

Health Ministry revokes notification of three cosmetic products

PUTRAJAYA, May 29 — The Health Ministry (MOH) has revoked the notification of three cosmetic products found to contain scheduled poisons, which are now no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan said the products are N Glowing EWSB, which contains mercury, Karisma Golden Turmeric Cream (mercury and betamethasone 17-valerate), and SL Two Intensive (hydroquinone and betamethasone 17-valerate).

The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) revoked the product notifications.

“Mercury is prohibited in cosmetic products because it can be harmful to health, leading to kidney and nervous system damage, disrupting the development of a child’s or fetus’s brain, and causing rashes and skin irritation,” he said in a statement today.

The Health Ministry’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency withdrew the product notification for the cosmetic N Glowing EWSB on May 29, 2024, as it contains mercury. — Picture via FACEBOOK/KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA

Products containing hydroquinone and betamethasone 17-valerate must be registered with the Drug Control Authority and should only be used under the guidance of healthcare professionals.

Hydroquinone can cause skin redness, discomfort, skin discolouration and hypersensitivity. It can also inhibit the pigmentation process (depigmentation), which reduces the skin’s protection from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation and increases the risk of skin cancer.

Betamethasone 17-Valerate can cause the skin to become thin and prone to irritation, acne, changes in skin pigmentation and increase the risk of being absorbed into the blood circulation system, which can have harmful effects.

The Health Ministry’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency withdrew the product notification for the cosmetic Karisma Golden Turmeric Cream on May 29, 2024, as it contains mercury and betamethasone 17-valerate. — Picture via FACEBOOK/KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA

Therefore, Dr Radzi urged sellers and distributors to stop selling and distributing these cosmetic products immediately, as doing so violates the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.

“Consumers are advised to stop using the products immediately and seek the advice of healthcare professionals if they experience any discomfort or adverse effects,” he said.

The public is encouraged to check the notification status of a cosmetic product at the NPRA’s official website or through the ‘NPRA Product Status’ app that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

— Bernama

The Health Ministry’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency withdrew the product notification for the cosmetic SL Two Intensive on May 29, 2024, as it contains hydroquinone and betamethasone 17-valerate. — Picture via FACEBOOK/KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA

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