The Ministry of Health (MOH) has named three cosmetic products that contain scheduled poisons which can be harmful to health
In a statement, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the products contain mercury and the ministry has banned the sales of the products in the country.
The products are: Glow Skin White-Brightening Cream, Glow Skin White-Sun Care, and Rzac Beauty Creme 2.
"Mercury is prohibited in cosmetics products because it can be harmful to health. It can be absorbed into the body and cause damage to the kidneys and nervous system," said Dr Noor Hisham
"The substance can also disrupt brain development of young or unborn children and causes rashes, irritation, and other changes to the skin."
He urged those who have the products at home to immediately stop using them and seek advice from medical professionals if they experience any discomfort or adverse effects
Dr Noor Hisham reminded the public that the sales and distributions of these products are a violation under the Control Of Drugs And Cosmetics Regulations 1984.
If convicted, companies or individuals can be fined up to RM50,000 or five years' jail for the first offence and subsequent offences can be punished up to RM100,000 in fine.
A quick search on the Internet found that Glow Skin White products are easily found on many e-commerce sites
Glow Skin White-Brightening Cream goes for RM120 on two e-commerce sites.
Photos of Glow Skin White products are scattered across Facebook, with many visuals depicting 'before and after' use of the products. Some advertorial messages claimed that the product is "Certified by FDA Laboratories California".
The brand also has many product posters that look aesthetic and professionally made, creating an illusion that it is an established brand that has little to no difference from other cosmetic brands. The same can be said for Rzac Beauty products.
Glow Skin White is banned by Brunei's Ministry of Health as well.