Updated list of banned cosmetics- KEBS.
The Kenya bereau of standards has updated list of banned cosmetics.
Speaking to the media, KEBS Director Bernard Njiraini confirmed that the previously banned products remain banned as per their directive and that this was just a reminder of the same.
He stated,”We are reminding Kenyans that the products are harmful, some are carcinogenic and should not be used.”
Among the banned products are 131 skin-lightening products from the Kenyan market characterized with harmful substances only used with a prescription.
Njiraini said,”Their use in cosmetics was prohibited through gazette notices 4310 of 14th August 1998 and 7169 of November 2000.”
Other products include; bleaching creams, lotions, gels, and soaps which contain hydroquinone, steroids and hormonal preparations are registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for medical use.
Hydroquinone, mercury, oxidizing agents and hormonal agent are used for treating various medical conditions, and are classified as drugs, Howerver, they should only be prescribed upon the advice and direction of a professional doctor.
Additionally Betnovate, Mediven, Diprosone, Nerisone, Hydrocortisone and 0xy 5 and 0xy 10 can be used as human medicines for various skin conditions being that they have been registered with Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
The updated list is found in kebs.org
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