The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has warned against the use of Malaysian banned cosmetics products including Sifu Kunyit Day Cream, Sifu Kunyit Night Cream, and JJ Skincare Glowhite Night Cream in the country.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the agency reportedly said that the Malaysian Ministry of Health banned its distribution.
Adeyeye reportedly said that investigations revealed that the products contained hydroquinone, tretinoin, betamethasone valerate, and mercury which could cause change to skin pigmentation, damage to the kidney, and increase the risk of skin cancer.
Adeyeye reportedly said that Sifu Kunyit Night cream contains mercury and betamethasone 17-valerate, Sifu Kunyit Day Cream contains hydroquinone, tretinoin, and betamethasone 17-valerate, while JJ Skincare Glowhite Night cream contains hydroquinone.
Adeyeye reportedly said that “Betamethasone valerate can cause the skin to be thinner 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.
“Hydroquinone causes redness of the skin, discomfort, unwanted skin changes, the skin becomes hypersensitive, can prevent pigmentation (depigmentation) which reduces skin protection against harmful UV rays and may increase the risk of skin cancer.
According to Adeyeye, the use of tretinoin without the supervision of health professionals could cause the skin to be reddish, uncomfortable, painful, peeling, and hypersensitive to sunlight.
She stated that Mercury had been prohibited in cosmetics products because it could be harmful to health and could be absorbed into the body and caused damage to the kidneys and nervous system.
The agency implored importers, distributors, and retailers to immediately stop the importation, distribution, and sale of the affected cosmetic products while advising the public in possession of the affected cosmetic products to submit them to the nearest NAFDAC office.