Here's why you won't be able to find these 3 skin whiteners in UAE

ANI | Updated: Apr 15, 2018 14:05 IST

Dubai [United Arab Emirates], Apr 15 (ANI): Three skin whitening creams have been banned by the health authorities here for containing the harmful ingredient - Hydroquinone.

According to Gulf News, the Ministry of Health and Prevention in the UAE had previously issued advice about unregistering whitening creams sold online, and had explained that "while hydroquinone is an active ingredient in therapeutic creams, very long-term use of these type of creams could lead to skin cancer."

A topical agent for reducing skin pigmentation, Hydroquinone, according to different studies, may act as a carcinogen in rodents.

Reportedly, the chemical has already been banned in Japan, the European Union, and Australia. (ANI)