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COSMETIC product found adulterated



The Ministry of Health would like to alert members of the public on ONE cosmetic product, which have been tested by the Laboratory of Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health and found to be adulterated with undeclared, banned ingredients.


The affected cosmetic product is listed below:


No.Name of productManufacturerAdulterated with


Hydroquinone and Tretinoin are used in western prescription medicines to treat skin conditions and is prohibited in skincare cosmetic products under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations, 2007.


Unsupervised use of Hydroquinone may cause skin hypersensitivity, skin discoloration resulting in gradual darkening of the affected skin area (ochronosis) and an increased risk of skin cancer.


Inappropriate use of Tretinoin could lead to redness, peeling and scarring of the skin.


Members of the public who have purchased or have used the products are advised to stop using it immediately. They should also consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions as a result of using the products.


Retail of the products (including online retail such as through Facebook, etc.) is an offence under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations, 2007. The penalty for contravening these regulations upon conviction, is a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.


The Ministry of Health would also like to call upon the public for their cooperation to report to the Compliance and Licensing Section if any of these products are still found on the market in this country.


For further information and communication, the public may contact the Compliance and Licensing Section at 2393301 extension 208; send an e-mail to; go directly to 1st Floor, Compliance and Licensing Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services' Building, Kg. Madaras, Mukim Gadong A; or call the Talian Darussalam 123.

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Reference     : KK/PR/1

Date              : 03 April 2024M / 23 Ramadhan 1445H