57 Out of 59 Whitening Creams in Pakistan Contain Cancer-Causing Elements

Minister of State for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul, has revealed that 57 whitening products in Pakistan, including some international brands, contain cancer-causing elements.

She made these remarks while addressing a news conference in Islamabad.

A sur­vey conducted by the min­istry revealed that 57 out of 59 creams had mercury lev­el above 1pbm, which is a matter of concern.\


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The State Minister said that the man­ufacturers of whitening products have been advised to reduce the mercury level from the products.

Skin-whiten­ing products manufacturers have been asked to reduce the mercury level in their prod­ucts to 1pbm by the end of 2020.

Zartaj Gul said that the gov­ernment is bringing an action plan to control the use of mercury and other harmful substances in skin products. She also urged the media to discourage misleading advertisements regarding skin whitening products.

She said that the gov­ernment is encouraging in­dustries to make mercury-free products and wants to take all stakeholders, especially makers of whitening creams, in confidence regarding the legislation on using mercury.

“We met CEOs of many man­ufacturers of skin whitening products and asked them to re­move mercury from the prod­ucts,” she said, adding that excessive amount of mercury in whiten­ing creams is dangerous.


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Gul highlighted that an international manufacturer renamed its product, Fair & Love­ly, to Fair & Glow on the ministry’s recommendation.

She noted that the federal cabinet has approved the Minamata Convention on Mercury and that the ministry will pass and appropriate legislation to implement the convention.

The minister added that the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is funding the government to help protect the human health and the environment from mercury and mercury compounds.

  • What on Gods green earth is the problem with you people. Be thankful for Almighty Allah has made u … u will suffer dire consequences from such ill thoughts towards “makin yourself look better” … as for men in this country … like a bunch of donkeys so be what u r NOT what others want you to be

    • Can’t agree more … I wish the women of our country understand this and use their precious time and energy for something constructive instead

  • These all creams are harmful for skin they should ban these kind of products and why our society need this fairness creams the inner beauty is more important than outer beauty one should know n understand so that our girls did not use these kind of bad products in which their life is totally in trouble.

  • Girls and boys
    For all skins
    Use johnson soap
    Aik scrub rakho koi bhi jo weekly karo
    Try any nivea simple cream agar dry skin hai
    And jo ghar me yougurt milk honey lemon tomato make its mask ..aur milk to daily 1 glass
    And plz jis ka jo colour hai wahi rakho .bs skin ko glow karo aur smooth rakho .
    And try any multivitamins jese surbex z bhi lay sakty her alternative month lo .

  • Hindustan Unilever Ltd. has renamed its best-selling ‘Fair & Lovely’ products as ‘Glow & Lovely’, days after it decided to remove nomenclature that propagated racial stereotypes. The men’s range of the product will be called ‘Glow & Handsome’, HUL said in an exchange filing on Thursday. That didn’t sit well with peer Emami Ltd. The company threatened legal action against HUL as it has already ch

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  • “Fairness of the Unfair” should not be allowed. Surprising how it happened, un-attended with one of the popular skin whitener. If done in scientific approach this could fetch multi billion dollar domestic/international market as Himalya. Why Hamdard has not released. They should come out with a product.

  • I am fair but want only glow in my skin as it’s pale. I tried fair n pink it wasn’t that bad but i can’t be stick to one product keep changing. Now I am using olay for night in a hope to get glowing skin😕

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