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Cosmetics FAQs

Are all skin-whitening products cosmetics?

No. Products that produce a skin-whitening effect by colouring the skin are regulated as cosmetics. If the product influences, inhibits or modifies a physiological process to produce the skin-whitening effect then it does not meet the definition of a cosmetic product under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989, see the Cosmetic Guidelines.  An example of a skin-whitening product that does not meet the definition of a cosmetic is one that contains hydroquinone, which inhibits the physiological process of melanin production.

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