Joyce Namulindwa, the proprietor of Halleluiah Beauty Centre, says there are a lot of products on the market that don’t clearly state what they treat and lack brand names. “Such products cannot directly be displayed in a shop where they are being sold,” she said.
Nambalirwa is nursing a serious skin infection on her face after she
applied an unknown cosmetic to tone up her skin color.
According to Nambalirwa, she was
introduced to the dangerous cosmetic by a classmate who claimed it would
do lighten her skin.
“On applying the cosmetic on my skin, it felt
like chili”, she told URN on Monday. Several women have experienced
similar problems in an attempt to improve their skin complexion.
Joyce Namulindwa, the proprietor of Halleluiah
Beauty Centre, says there are a lot of products on the market that don’t
clearly state what they treat and lack brand names.
cannot directly be displayed in a shop where they are being sold,” she
Unbranded products usually don’t carry the UNBS quality mark
because they don’t qualify to be on the market. Their makers do not have
designated production houses and usually work from their their homes.
Dr. Edward Ogwang, a Dermatologist at the Skin
Specialist’s Clinic, says that there are many ingredients that are mixed
in body creams that are used by women to change their skin tone.
He says ingredients like steroids and
hydroquinone are majorly used even when the people who use them don’t know
the after effects.
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Dr. Ogwang however notes that hydroquinone is
not a bad product if used with prescription from qualified medical
personnel for a specified period of time because it’s used by doctors to
treat black spots on bodies with natural skin complexions.
He advises people to embrace well
branded products and learn to use them appropriately so as to reduce on
skin diseases that arise from the use of unknown products.
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Barbara Kamusiime, the Public Relations Officer Uganda
National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), says cosmetic products on the market
must have the UNBS quality mark, which is given only when the product makers
comply with certain standards.
Kamusiime also advises users to check out the ingredients
used to produce the product to avoid harmful substances such as hydroquinone