Selling banned skin lighteners online prevail!

BAN Toxics is sounding the alarm after various online shopping sites sold off banned mercury-laden skin lightening creams by 6.6%. In time for 6.6 mid-year sales promotions by various online shopping platforms, Mary Kate V. San Juan, 17-year-old student, young volunteer and BT patroller, noticed the continuous promotional announcements of skin-lightening products mercury-laden skin care products prohibited by the FDA (SLP). ) during an online market watch activity.

Skin lightening creams with mercury content are still offered for sale, namely:

  • C Collagen Plus Vit E Day and Night Cream

  • Erna Cream

  • Parley Goldie Advanced Beauty Cream

  • Golden Pearl Cream

  • Gorée Products (Beauty Cream and Day & Night Beauty Cream)

  • Jiaoli products (Huichunsu specific anti-freckle cream and miraculous cream)

  • Szitang products (2in1/3in1 7day/10day Whitening and Spot-Day Night Set)

In March 2022, the Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG), of which BAN Toxics is a part, published “Skin Lighteners Still Available Online Despite Mercury Discoveries”. The study found that high-mercury SLPs are widely available on a range of popular e-commerce platforms in 17 countries. Of the 271 skin lightening products tested, 129 had mercury levels above the regulatory limit of 1 part per million (ppm).

The Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued numerous public health warnings against toxic mercury-laden skin whitening cosmetics from 2010 to date. The regulatory agency also advised consumers to buy cosmetic products with FDA marketing authorization, FDA site license (LTO) and product notification certificates. .

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Skin lightening products containing mercury are hazardous to health. Adverse health effects of inorganic mercury in skin lightening creams include: kidney damage, skin rashes, skin discoloration and scarring, reduced skin resistance to bacterial and fungal infections, anxiety, depression, psychosis and peripheral neuropathy. »

“I am a proud BT Patroller! Let’s do our part, let our young voices be heard; and take a stand for a toxic-free future,” says Mary Kate San Juan.

“Like Mary Kate, we encourage the younger generation to care for the environment and be vigilant citizens who can help save lives and protect Mother Earth in their own way,” says Reynaldo San Juan Jr., Director executive of BAN Toxics.

BAN Toxics further urged all online shopping platforms to comply with government regulations and remove ads for mercury-laden skin lightening cream products that are already banned and prohibited by the FDA.

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