Skin-lightening cream factory busted in Bangladesh

Updated 18 November 2012

Skin-lightening cream factory busted in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Authorities in Bangladesh said Sunday they had sealed off a cosmetics factory in Dhaka for using harmful chemicals including mercury in skin-lightening creams.
A mobile court that disperses instant sentences sentenced the owner of the Botanic Aroma company to two years in prison and ordered the seizure of all of its products.
“They were putting the health of many young people under threat by luring them with claims about the magical skin-lightening power of their products,” magistrate Anwar Pasha told AFP.
He said the raid on the factory followed extensive laboratory tests on four types of creams that the company produced.
In Bangladesh, neighboring India and many other Asian countries, there is a strong cultural preference for fairer skin.
Bangladesh banned the use of mercury in skin care products in 2006.
According to the World Health Organization, the main adverse effect of the inorganic mercury contained in skin-lightening soaps and creams is kidney damage. It may also cause skin rashes, skin discoloration and scarring.


Baby Talk: Are you going overboard regarding your children’s hygiene?

It’s been observed that children who are exposed to allergens and bacteria early in their infancy suffer less from the allergies and asthma later on. (Shutterstock)
Updated 27 January 2020

Baby Talk: Are you going overboard regarding your children’s hygiene?

  • Asthma and immune system specialists stress that excessively clean environments can promote allergies in later stages of children’s lives, especially food allergies and asthma

DUBAI: Do you overdo it when it comes to your children’s hygiene? How many hours a week do you spend sweeping your floors and sterilizing all spaces and toys your child touches? And how many times a day do you insist they wash their hands? How hard do you try to distance them from pets?

Have a look at the most important things you should know in terms of your children’s hygiene:

Over-emphasizing hygiene could hurt your children

Have you ever thought about the fact that moderation is key, even when it comes to children’s hygiene?

Maybe it’s time to take that approach. It’s been observed that children who are exposed to allergens and bacteria early in their infancy suffer less from the allergies and asthma later on.

Asthma and immune system specialists stress that excessively clean environments can promote allergies in later stages of children’s lives, especially food allergies and asthma. That’s because they were not exposed to allergens and bacteria at the beginning of their lives.

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Rates of asthma and allergies are higher in developed countries

This theory is based on an important observation about the high rates of asthma or, for example, eczema in developed countries, compared with the rates recorded by third world countries where standards of hygiene are looser and more dependent on the immune system.

It was also observed that children brought up on farms were less affected than others by different types of allergies. As a result, specialists translate these results into scientific health standards.

Children’s hygiene experts’ preliminary recommendations for you:

There’s no harm in your child getting dirty while playing or eating.

Don’t over-sterilize your child’s hands during the day.

Avoid antibiotic soap as much as possible, and make sure your child washes with water and soap made of natural ingredients.

Don’t be afraid to share food or drinking water with your child—as long as you’re not sick, of course.

Finally, avoid giving your child antibiotics for every health issue, and work with their doctor to treat these cases of illness with as little medication as possible.

This article was first published on babyarabia.com