Sajat Arrested – A Call To Stop Using Unregistered Cosmetics
Uh-oh! Fans of makeup brand by cosmetic mogul — Sajat — you may want to pay attention to this news.
Recently, Nur Sajat Kamaruzzaman has been charged for allegedly possessing 19 unregistered beauty products by Malaysia’s Health Ministry at the Magistrates Court in Johor Bahru.
The Utusan Malaysia reported that the officers confiscated items including skin whiteners worth almost RM10,000 from a storage store used by her for business purposes at Bandar Baru Uda back in August 15th 2018. It was discovered when a group of Pharmacy Enforcement Division from the ministry conducted a check-up.
Nur Sajat was then charged under Regulation 7(1)(a) of Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984, punishable under Section 12(1) of Sale of Drugs Act which carries a maximum fine of RM25,000 or jail sentence of up to three years.
This isn’t something new in the beauty world. Between 2015 to 2017, a total of 14,200 unregistered cosmetic products were seized by authorities worth RM 8.5 million. Just recently, the Selangor Health Department confiscated unregistered cosmetic products worth RM6.2 million during a raid in a warehouse at Klang.
However, as consumers, it is our responsibility to be aware of what we are using on our skin. If not, you may just be harming your skin!
Could contain harmful ingredients
Cosmetic products not approved by the Health Ministry could contain toxic ingredients such as mercury, hydroquinone and tretinoin.
Mercury could cause rashes, memory loss and muscle weakness, while tretinoin could lead to redness, blisters, peeling and even scarring of the skin. Meanwhile, hydroquinone which is a common chemical used in whitening products could result in the skin turning dark over time and increase the risk of skin cancer.
Best to invest in products that actually work
That’s right, it’s better to invest in products approved by the Health Ministry. Although these products could be pricier, it’s certainly a lot safer. Better to be safe than sorry, right?
To check if your cosmetic product is registered by the Health Ministry, simply head over to the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency.