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Dermatologists call for regulation of direct-to-consumer skin-lightening products


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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Reuters Health - 28/12/2020 - Direct-to-consumer cosmetic products that lighten or bleach the skin pose a major public-health concern and should be regulated, a group of dermatologists says. These products may contain toxic levels of ingredients and cause adverse effects, which are sometimes irreversible, they write in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Many people may be surprised to learn that companies that produce direct-to-consumer cosmetic products, which includes skin-lightening agents, do not have to demonstrate any degree of product safety," said senior author Dr. Harrison Nguyen of the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. "Packaging labels are often misleading, which makes it challenging for the consumer to understand potential risks of using a cosmetic product," he told Reuters Health by email. Dr. Nguyen and colleagues discuss the products and the need to implement some form of regulation. The popularit...


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