What It’s Like to Be Discriminated Against by People of Your Own Race

  Anjuli, 28 Background: Guyanese (with black, Portuguese, Indian, and First Nations descent) I know that [my light skin] benefits me, which is a really sad fact. At places where I’ve worked, I doubt I would have gotten my job if I didn’t look so ambiguous, because people can’t tell where I’m from all the …

Malaysian Health Ministry bans the sale of Qu Puteh for containing mercury

The Health Ministry has banned the sale of two cosmetic products by Vida Beauty Sdn Bhd which were found to contain high levels of mercury. The ministry advised anyone in possession of cosmetic products Qu Puteh Whitening Pro 9 and Qu Puteh Whitening UV Block to immediately stop selling, distributing and using the products. “The …

Video: Skin lightening creams seized in the UK

Toxic skin lightening creams containing damaging ingredients were seized in east London. View video here. Steve Playle, from London Trading Standards, said: “These traders are not only playing with the lives of their customers, but they also face prosecution, fines of up to £20,000 and even the possibility of jail. Most of them know what they …

UK — Man fined £16,000 for selling cosmetics containing mercury and hydroquinone

A man who sold dangerous cosmetic products has been fined £16,000. Kabamba Tabukanga, 53, of Hoe Lane, admitted selling products that contained mercury and hydroquinone, used in skin bleaching. He was caught after a check from trading standards found a number of skin lightening cosmetics containing the dangerous substances. The 53-year-old pleaded guilty to 14 charges. …