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

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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.

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Arthritis drug cures vitiligo

The drug, tofacitinib citrate, sold under the brand name Xeljanz, treats rheumatoid arthritis. It’s a JAK inhibitor, so-called because it inhibits an enzyme in the class of Janus kinases, mainly found in blood-forming cells. Doctors have been testing the drug for other diseases. Tofacitinib is effective against hair loss called by alopecia universalis, according to

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Japan: Despite their blemished reputation, demand for skin whiteners remains solid

Cosmetics makers have recently unveiled new skin-whitening products for this spring and summer, anticipating steady demand in spite of the revelation last year that Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. products had caused skin problems among many women. “We believe Japanese women’s wish for white skin remains unchanged,” said an official at a cosmetics maker who stressed the

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