The Ministry of Health (MOH) had in a press release said that the cosmetic product “Brilliant Skin Essentials Whitening Cream” contains the scheduled poison Tretinoin.
According to Bernama, the Health Director, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the product’s notification had been cancelled by MOH’s Pharmaceutical Services senior director.
“As such, the product is no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia. The Health Ministry (MOH) is urging consumers to stop using the product,” he added.
Dr Noor Hisham said that Tretinoin are controlled drugs that can only be used with the advice from health professionals. In addition, it is a drug which need to be registered with the Drug Control Authority.
He explained that the drug can potentially cause skin redness, discomfort, stinging, flaky skin and hypersensitive to sunlight. He also took the opportunity to warn those who sell and distribute products which are violating the the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.
He mentioned that those who commit the offence can be fined up to RM25,000 or face a maximum of 3 year imprisonment, or both for the first offence. As for subsequent offences, the individual can be fined RM50,000 or a maximum of 5 years imprisonment, or both.
On the other hand, companies that commit the offence can be fined up to RM50,000 for the first offence and up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences.