List of Banned Cosmetics in Malaysia 2019

As published by NST below, there were a total of 19 beauty and cosmetic products banned in Malaysia in 2019 so far.

1) 7 cosmetics products found to contain poison

PUTRAJAYA: The public has been urged to stop using and buying seven cosmetics products that have been found to contain scheduled poison mercury.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the seven products are Dnars Golden Cream, Fjura-Face Polish Treatment, Glow Glowing N Glowing, Apple Diamond Day Loose, 3rd Series Yanko Fade Out Cream Day Cream, 5th Series Yanko Fade Out Cream Day Cream, and 7th Yanko Series Whitening Cream Day.

He said the products’ notifications had been cancelled and they were no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia.

“The Health Ministry’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) is urging the public to refrain from buying and using these cosmetics products.

“The sellers and distributors of these cosmetics products need to stop selling and distributing the products immediately.

“The sale and distribution of these cosmetics products violate the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984,” he said in a statement today.

Dr Noor Hisham added that an individual who commits an offence under the regulations could be fined not more than RM25,000 or imprisonment for up to three years, or both, for the first offense.

“For subsequent offences, the individual may be fined not more than RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both.

Dr Noor Hisham said mercury was banned in cosmetics products as it could be harmful to health. The substance can absorb into the body and cause damage to the kidneys and nervous system.

“In addition, the substance can also interfere with the brain development of young or unborn children. It can also cause rash, irritation and other changes in the skin,” he said.

Those who are using the products are advised to immediately stop and seek advice from health professionals if they experience any discomfort.


2) 12 beauty products to stay away from

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has cautioned the public against buying and using 12 cosmetics products which have been found to contain scheduled poison.

The ministry, under the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency said the products from six companies were found to contain tretinoin, chloramphenicol, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim, ketoconazole, chlorpheniramine, griseofulvin, metronidazole, hydroquinone and mercury.

The products are 3rd, 5th and 7th Series Yanko Whitening Night Cream (containing tretinoin), Clair De Lune -P.Tuberose Day Cream (containing chloramphenicol, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim, ketoconazole), Clair De Lune -S.Involucrata Night Cream (containing chlorpheniramine, griseofulvin, metronidazole, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim), Dnars Nien Cream, Glow Glowing N Glow, Dolly Glow Miracle Treatment Cream (all containing hydroquinone and tretinoin), Glow Glowing T Treatment, VSL Beauty Care Toner A and B (all containing hydroquinone) and Dolly Glow Luminous Night Cream (containing mercury).

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry has cancelled the notification numbers for the products following the detection of the scheduled poison.

“Products containing chloramphenicol, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim, griseofulvin, metronidazole, ketoconazole, chlorpheniramine, hydroquinone and tretinoin are classified as drug that requires registration with the Drug Control Authority and can only be used under the advice of healthcare professionals.

“The unsupervised usage of antibiotics (metronidazole, chloramphenicol, sulfamethoxazole, and trimethoprim), antifungal (ketoconazole, griseofulvin) and antihistamine (chlorpheniramine) can cause harmful effects to health.

“The unsupervised usage of hydroquinone can cause skin redness, discomfort, skin discolouration, hypersensitivity, inhibits the pigmentation process (depigmentation) which reduces the skin’s ability to be protected from harmful UV rays and increasing the risk of skin cancer.

“The unsupervised usage of tretinoin can cause redness to the skin, discomfort, stinging, peeling and sensitivity to sunlight.

“Mercury is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its hazardous effects on human health. It is readily absorbed through the skin on topical application and tends to accumulate in the body.

"Exposure to mercury can cause skin rashes, memory loss and muscle weakness while high exposures may result in damage to the brain and kidneys. It is also extremely toxic to unborn children,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement Thursday.

He also advised consumers to stop using the products and seek further advice from healthcare professionals if any effects or adverse events are experienced.

He also warned all the sellers and distributors to stop the sales and distribution of the products immediately as selling or distributing these cosmetic products was an offence under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.




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