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Experts: Poor Enforcement on Unbranded Cosmetics to Increase Skin Infections

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.
07 Jan 2020 21:03

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Eighteen-year-old Jessica 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.

“Such products cannot directly be displayed in a shop where they are being sold,” she said.

 

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 and mercury.