KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has banned 10 cosmetic products, and advised the public against using them because of prohibited ingredients including scheduled poisons.
The products are: Melan Off Intensive Mask, Melan Off Cream, Afrina Night Cream, Afrina Daily Cream, Kemboja Herbal Cream, Day Pinky Cream, Night Glow Cream, Debella Nadien Glow Night Cream, Mekar Semilu Face Scrub, Mutiara Beauty Collection and Mekar Semilu Cream Mekarsutra.
Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said among the scheduled poison found in the products were azelaic acid, hydroquinone, tretinoin and the heavy metal mercury which are prohibited in cosmetic products.
Dr Noor Hisham said products containing azelaic acid, hydroquinone or tretinoin had yet to be registered with the Drug Control Authority and could only be used with the advice from health professionals.
Dr Noor Hisham said the company responsible for placing the products in the market had been ordered to immediately halt the sale and supply of the products mentioned and remove all physical stocks from the market within 72 hours.
Anyone who is in possession of these products are advised to immediately cease selling, distributing or using them.
Consumers should contact the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency at 03-78018496/78835537/78835532 if they suffer any allergic reactions or adverse effects from the use of cosmetic products.