6 cosmetic products found to contain potent undeclared ingredients

SINGAPORE - The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has issued a public alert to six types of cosmetics products that were tested and found to contain potent undeclared ingredients.

The affected products from Han's Skin.Care, are as follows:

1. Han's Skin.Care Flawless Day Cream

2. Han's Skin.Care Flawless Night Cream

3. Han's Skin.Care Treatment Toner

4. Han's Skin.Care TRIAL Flawless Day Cream

5. Han's Skin.Care TRIAL Flawless Night Cream

6. Han's Skin.Care TRIAL Treatment Toner

They contain hydroquinone, tretinoin, mercury and salicylic acid.

 Hydroquinone and tretinoin are potent ingredients that are used in western prescription medicines for the treatment of skin conditions. These ingredients are prohibited in skincare cosmetic products and should only be used under medical supervision as they may cause harmful effects if not used properly. The inappropriate use of hydroquinone could result in changes in skin colour and hypersensitivity reactions. Inappropriate use of tretinoin could lead to redness and peeling of the skin.

Mercury as an ingredient in cosmetic products is also prohibited. Regular application of creams containing mercury could lead to rash, skin discolouration and blotching. In addition, the use of products with high levels of salicylic acid could lead to dry, irritated and red skin.

The products are sold online by various sellers and sourced from overseas. The public is advised to stop using and discard the affected products, as they may cause harmful effects.

Products containing western medicinal ingredients must be used under strict medical supervision. Those who have used these products should seek medical attention if they experience adverse effects or are concerned about their health. 

 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 imprisonment for a 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 that could help with the investigations may contact HSA at Tel: 6866-3474 or email: hsa_is@hsa.gov.sg. The public is also requested to report any other suspicious sales of illegal products to HSA at the same contact number and e-mail.