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Banned Skin Bleaching Products Containing Harmful Substances
(referenced from www.kebs.org)

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The Kenya Bureau of Standards invoking legal notice number 66 of 1999 and Legal Notice 155 of 1998 (read together with legal notice 75 of 2000), issued a public notice in the media to inform and educate consumers on the harmful effects of mercury, hydroquinone, and hormonal preparations and oxidizing agents contained in some cosmetic products in the market. The action was in line with these legal notices, which empower the Kenya Bureau of Standards to prohibit any goods, which do not comply with Kenya Standards or any other approved standards.

In Kenya, these products have been inappropriately used for skin lightening, purposes. The prohibition/ban is aimed at protecting unsuspecting consumers and discourage dumping of these products in the Kenyan Market.

Hydroquinone, oxidizing agents and hormonal preparations are used for treating various medical conditions. They are therefore classified as drugs and should be applied only upon the advice and direction of a medical doctor.

All skin care preparations like creams, lotions, gels, soaps, etc containing hydroquinone, steroids and hormonal preparations should be registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of the Ministry of Health for medical use. Their use in cosmetics was prohibited through gazette notices 4310 of 14th August 1998 and 7169 of November 2000.

The Government wishes to state that the following products are registered with Pharmacy and Poisons Board to be used as human medicines for various skin conditions:

BETNOVATE
MEDIVEN
DIPROSONE
NERISONE
DERMOVATE
HYDROCORTISONE
0XY 5 AND 0XY 10

These products should only be used on the recommendation of a medical doctor and for such period of time as the doctor may prescribe. They should not be sold in the open market but only in registered pharmacies and chemists.

Cosmetic products listed below contain hydroquinone, steroids, mercury and hydrogen peroxide. They have not been registered with Pharmacy and Poisons Board as medicines. They therefore, should NOT BE OFFERED FOR SALE as they have not been registered and approved for use in Kenya.

Skin Lightening Creams Containing Hydroquinone:

JARIBU CREAM
MEKAKO CREAM
AMIRA CREAM
TURA SKIN TONING CREAM
YESAKO MEDICATED BEAUTY CREAM
RICO COMPLEXION CREAM
MADONNA MEDICATED CREAM
MREMBO MEDICATED BEAUTY CREAM
SHIRLEY CREAM
KISS -MEDICATED BEAUTY CREAM
UNO21 CREAM
PRINCESS PATRA LUXURY COMPLEXION CREAM
ZARINA MEDICATED SKIN LIGHTENER CREAM
ENVI SKIN TONER
VIVA SUPER LEMON
AMBI SPECIAL COMPLEXION CREAM
LOLANE CREAM
NADINOLA CREAM
GLOTONE COMPLEXION CREAM
NINDOLA CREAM
CLAIRE CREME
MIC SKIN LIGHTENER CREAM
TONIGHT NIGHT BEAUTY CREAM
FULANI CREME ECLAIRCISSANTE
CLERE LEMON CREAM
CLERE EXTRA CREAM
BINTI JAMBO CREAM
BUTONE CREAM
MALAIKA MEDICATED BEAUTY CREAM
DEAR HEART WITH HYDROQUINONE CREAM
MIKI BEAUTY CREAM
CRUSADER SKIN TONING CREAM
NISH MEDICATED CREAM
ISLAND BEAUTY SKIN FADE CREAM
MALIBU MEDICATED CREAM
PALMER'S SKIN SUCCESS FADE CREAM
CARE PLUS FAIRNESS CREAM
TOPICLEAR CREAM
CAREKAKO MEDICATED CREAM
BODY CLEAR CREAM
A3 SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM
AMBI AMERICAN FORMULA
DREAM SUCCESSFUL
SYMBA CREME SKIN LITE 'N' SMOOTH
Ikb MEDICATED CREAM
CLEARTONE SKIN TONING CREAM
CLEAR ESSENCE MEDICATED FADE CREAM
AMBI EXTRA COMPLEXION CREAM FOR MEN
CLEARTONE EXTRA SKIN TONING CREAM
O'NYIA SKIN CRÈME
A3 TRIPPLE ACTION CREAM PEARL LIGHT
ELEGANCE SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM
MR. CLERE CREAM
FAIRLADY SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM
FADE OUT CREAM
TOP LEMON PLUS CREAM
CLEAR TOUCH CREAM
CRUSADER ULTRA BRAND CREAM
ULTIME SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM
RICO SKIN TONE CRÈME
BARAKA SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM
PEAU CLAIRE CRÈME ECLAIRCISSANTE
PRINCESS MEDICATED BEAUTY CREAM
IMMEDIAT CLAIRE LIGHTENING BODY CREAM
 
 

Skin Lightening Lotions Containing Hydroquinone:

JARIBU SKIN LIGHTENING LOTION
AMIRA SKIN LIGHTENING LOTION
A3 CLEARTOUCH COMPLEXION LOTION
A3 LEMON SKIN LIGHTENING LOTION
KISS LOTION
RICO SKIN LIGHTENING LOTION
PRINCESS LOTION
PEAU CLAIRE BEAUTY BODY LOTION
CLEAR TOUCH LOTION
FAIR & WHITE BODY CLEARING MILK
SIVOCLAIR LIGHTENING BODY LOTION
EXTRA CLAIR LIGHTENING BODY LOTION
PRECIEUX TREATMENT BEAUTY LOTION
CLEAR ESSENCE SKIN BEAUTYFYING MILK
SKIN LIGHTENING GELS CONTAINING HYDROQUINONE
ULTRA CLEAR
TOPICLEAR
BODY CLEAR

Skin Lightening Body Oils Containing Hydroquinone:

PEAU CLAIRE LIGHTENING BODY OIL
SOAPS CONTAINING HYDROQUINONE
M.G.C. EXTRA CLEAR
TOPICLEAR BEAUTY COMPLEXION SOAP
LADY CLAIRE
BLACKSTAR
AMIRA
ULTRA CLEAR
BODY CLEAR MEDICATED ANTISEPTIC SOAP
IMMEDIATE CLAIRE LIGHTENING BEAUTY SOAP
CHERIE CLAIRE BODY BEAUTY LIGHTENING & TREATING SOAP

Soaps Containing Mercury and its Compounds:

MOVATE
MEKAKO
JARIBU
TURA
ACURA
RICO
FAIR LADY
ELEGANCE
MIKI
JAMBO

Skin Lightening Creams Containing Mercury and its Compounds:

PIMPLEX MEDICATED CREAM
NEW SHIRLEY MEDICATED CREAM

Cream Preparations Containing Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2):

JOLEN CREAM

Skin Preparations Containing Steroids:

MOVATE CREAM
SKIN SUCCESS GEL
HOT MOVATE GEL
AMIRA -C
NEU CLEAR GEL
TENOVATE
BODY CLEAR CREAM SPOT REMOVER
TOP GEL PLUS
SOFT AND BEAUTIFUL CREAM
LEMONVATE CREAM
SECRET GEL
TCB GEL PLUS
UNIC CLEAR SUPER CREAM
TOPIFRAM CREAM
SKIN BALANCE LEMON CREAM
PEAU CLAIRE GEL PLUS
DARK & LOVELY GEL
DERMO -GEL PLUS
PEAU CLAIRE CREAM
FASHION FAIR GEL PLUS
HOT PROSONE GEL
SKIN BALANCE CREAM WRINKLE REMOVER
DARK & LOVELY CREAM
VISIBLE DIFFERENCE GEL
SIVOCLAIR CREAM
ACTION DEMOVATE CREAM
REGGE LEMON GEL
ULTIMATE LADY GEL
TOPIFRAM GEL PLUS
AGE RENEWAL CREAM
FAIR & WHITE GEL PLUS
PEAU CLAIR GEL PLUS
FASHION FAIR CREAM
FIRST CLASS LADY CREAM
SKIN SUCCESS CREAM
NEU CLEAR CREAM PLUS
JARIBU BETA - β CREAM
BODY TREAT CREAM SPOT REMOVER
CLAIR & LOVELY GEL
PEAU CLAIR CREAM
SOFT & BEAUTIFUL GEL
ACTION DEMOVATE GEL PLUS
PROSONE GEL
SKIN BALANCE GEL WRINKLE REMOVER
ULTRA-GEL PLUS
PRO-ONE GEL MCA
BETALEMON CREAM
 

This information is referenced from www.kebs.org
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