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Illegal skin lighteners on sale in SA, study shows

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Posted 27 August 2015
BY TAMAR KAHN, 26 AUGUST 2015, 06:59

IMPORTED skin-lightening creams laced with dangerous and illegal ingredients are readily available among informal traders in Cape Town, says a new study that raises tough questions about the government’s capacity to protect consumers from dodgy cosmetics.

Among the ingredients the study found in the skin lighteners were mercury, hydroquinone and topical steroids.

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When lightening strikes, it brings pale ailments

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Davids warns that the demand for skin-lightening products has led to a surge in the availability of ‘unsolicited, untested’ products on the market.  “Very often the good products are out of the price range of the majority of the people, with the result that many people are going to be looking for cheaper products.”

“These cheaper products are unsolicited, untested and have hit the market at a staggering rate. This is going to lead to, frighteningly, an increase in skin damage, or potential skin damage.”

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