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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Study: 6% of skin lightening products contain dangerous levels of mercury

Six percent of cosmetic skin-lightening products tested contained well above the FDA-approved limit of mercury, including one that was 45,000 times beyond FDA standards, according to recent study results. Researchers purchased 549 skin-lightening products in stores or online in the United States, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Sri Lanka. The products, including 439 creams, were marketed or

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