Skin-whitening products

Last update 17 August 2017

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.

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.