Dr Mehmood A. Khwaja
Published Date: Dec 4, 2014
Letter to Editors: Stay away from toxic beauty products!
Sir: Skin whitening ingredients (mercury compounds or hydroquinone), initially inhibit the production of melanin (pigment), thus making skin colour lighter but, over a long period of time, more and more cream is required to cure the resulting blotchy skin. Some of these skin whitening creams and soaps have been reported to contain as much as 6,000 to 30,000 parts per million (ppm) mercury, whereas the allowable limit is only one ppm mercury. Mercury is the third most hazardous substance and its adverse health impacts, especially on children, are well established. Due to the use of such hazardous creams, soaps and cosmetics, not only are users exposed to mercury but so are suckling babies, infants and children.
Earlier suggestions regarding registration by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) of potentially hazardous cosmetic products is strongly supported. The ingredients of these products must be verified in certified laboratories in the country and information clearly displayed on the containers. The products containing hazardous chemicals such as mercury above the allowable limit must be totally banned. The public may be educated not to use mercury at all in these whitening creams so as to safeguard their own health as well as that of their children.
Source : http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/letters/04-Dec-2014/stay-away-from-toxic-beauty-products