Illegal cosmetic products found purchased online: HSA

SINGAPORE - The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) released a statement Thursday warning members of the public about three illegal cosmetic products under the Tabita skincare line.

They contain potent undeclared ingredients namely hydroquinone, tretinoin, salicyclic acid and mercury, which have been found to cause adverse reactions when applied.

The products are: Tabita Skincare Smooth Lotion, Tabita Skincare Daily Cream, and Tabita Skincare Nightly Cream.

According to HSA, one patient developed rashes on her face and neck while another reported unexpected and rapid whitening of the skin after using the Tabita products.

The products, which are sourced overseas, are currently sold through the Internet.

Members of the public are advised to stop using and discard the affected products.

HSA also advises consumers to exercise discretion in their purchase of cosmetic products, and to purchase them from reliable and reputable sources.

It is an offence for any person to import, sell and supply an illegal or unapproved health product. Anyone found guilty of an offence under the Heath Products Act is liable to a fine of up to $100,000 and/or face a jail term of up to three years.

HSA takes a serious view against those engaged in the sale and supply of illegal health products and will take strong enforcement action against such persons.

Members of the public who have any information on the sale of Tabita products to may contact HSA's Enforcement Branch at Tel: 6866-3485 during office hours (Monday to Friday) or email:

The public is also requested to report any other suspicious sales of illegal products to HSA at the same contact number/e-mail.

Additionally, members of public are encouraged to visit to learn more about the dangers of buying illegal health products from dubious sources.