Malaysia Health Ministry issued a statement on April 9, urging the public not to use the product 'Beautywise' as it contained Hydroquinone and Tretinoin.
Malaysia has issued a ban on both 'Beautywise' Rejuvenating Cream and Toner.
What is Hydroquinone and why is it dangerous?
Hydroquinone is a depigmenting agent used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as age spots and freckles. Hydroquinone decreases the formation of melanin in the skin.
It is not recommended for children under 12 years.
Some of the common side effects are mild skin irritation and sensitisation, dermatitis, dryness and some inflammatory reaction. It could also cause skin discolouration and depigmentation which may reduce your skin protection against UV rays.
What is Tretinoin and why is it dangerous?
Tretinoin is a prescription-strength topical medication used to treat acne and sun-damaged skin. It is a synthetic Vitamin A.
It is not recommended to use when you are pregnant, breastfeeding and may counter-interact with other medications.
Some irritation may be persistent or worsening irritation, blistering and crusting. It would also cause the cause skin discolouration and depigmentation.
The Ministry of Health Malaysia reminds all sellers to stop selling 'Beautywise' immediately. Selling and distributing this product is against the Control of Drugs and Cosmetic Regulations 1984. The individual seller can be charged a maximum of RM25,000 or a jail sentence of a maximum of 3 years.
The members of the public are urged to stop using 'Beautywise' Rejuvenating Cream and Toner immediately and seek medical advice if it irritates your skin.