Alert on Skin Whitening Products - Dr. Farhan Rasool @Universal

Dr. Farhan Rasool
Specialist, Dermatology

December 3, 2017

Updated: December 3, 2017 06:45 PM
UAE bans skin whitening creams containing cancer-linked ingredient 
Faiza beauty cream and Unitone 4 White are no longer available due to possible complications from the use of hydroquinone.
“Hydroquinone, without the supervision of a doctor, could lead to severe consequences and disfigurement. Moreover, there are several studies showing that hydroquinone may act as a carcinogen in rodents,” said Dr Farhan Rasool, a specialist dermatologist at Universal Hospital.
“It is important for buyers [of skin whitening cream] to check if hydroquinone is listed as an ingredient. If it is, then take it under a doctor’s supervision so that if any potential side effects develop then we can recognise it and manage it. We understand that having fair and clear skin is very important to many women, but their health is more important,” he said.