New York Times: Where beauty means bleached skin

In the Makola Market here, endless shops and stalls had walls filled with potions dedicated to the lightening of skin. There is Ultra Fair Super Whitenizer by Caring Chemistry promising “restorative ultrafast action whitening” and Grace White 100% Double Action Whitening Body Lotion by Grace White Cosmetique that even features helpful before-and-after photos; the “before” …

Rare skin condition Steven-Johnson Syndrome on the rise in Vietnam

The number of people infected with Steven-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a serious skin condition that can be life-threatening, is increasing in Vietnam. They blame the trend on indiscriminate use of drugs without prescriptions. The Allergy and Immunology Clinic of Ho Chi Minh University of Medicine and Pharmacy recently admitted many patients with SJS. SJS causes the skin to …

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. …