‘Chlorine Soap’ sold in Thailand could damage eyes and skin

In the never-ending search for milky white skin, a new product has been doing the rounds in Thailand in recent weeks – ‘Chlorine Soap’. The main active ingredient in this latest product is calcium hypochlorite, which is commonly used to disinfect swimming pools and for water treatment. The soap’s manufacturers claim that it kills bacteria …

Orange County mercury contamination cases highlight dangers of homemade creams

In April, 40 people in six Orange County homes, mostly in Santa Ana, were exposed to dangerous levels of mercury after someone in each household used skin lightening creams laced with the toxic metal. At least one young girl was hospitalized with symptoms of mercury poisoning. Officials first became aware of the creams after the …

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 …

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 …

Avon whitening cream banned for containing phenol (used to make floor paint and wallpaper)

The China Food and Drug Administration has announced that Avon brand skin-whitening cream has been found to contain the prohibited substance phenol. Avon Naturals Rose and Rose Hips Fairness Cream was named one of the unqualified products after the administration carried out examinations on 505 whitening, spot-removing and hair-dying products in Hebei, Jilin, Fujian, Shandong …