By Analou De Vera
A cause-oriented group has reminded the public anew against cosmetic products laced with toxic chemicals that are present in the market.
“People who have consumed skin whitening cosmetics laced with mercury, which can cause damage to the skin, kidneys, the brain, and the central nervous system should discontinue further use of such products and see a licensed dermatologist for medical evaluation,” said Thony Dizon, chemical safety campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition
The group said that mercury, which is ‘a highly toxic chemical’ is not allowed as [an] ingredient in cosmetic product formulations as per the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive.
The EcoWaste Coalition said that counterfeit products that contain toxic chemicals may pose potential health hazards.
“Counterfeit products, not having gone through the required safety assessment and the verification process of the FDA, pose potential health hazards to the consuming public since their safety and purity cannot be guaranteed,” the group reminded, citing the Food and Drug Administration.