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Public Alert No. 032/2022 – Warning Against The Use Of YW Cosmetics Glycolic Acid 70%

May 26, 2022,

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control is informing consumers that the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) have warned against the use a cosmetic product, YW Cosmetics Glycolic Acid 70%. This is due to the product containing up to 70% glycolic acid which is a strong acidic alpha hydroxyl-acid (AHA).

Glycolic acid is the most popular alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) used in skin care. It comes from sugar cane, and is the smallest AHA, so it’s the most effective at getting into the skin. It is a substance that chemically exfoliates the skin by dissolving dead skin cells and oils.

Products containing AHAs are marketed for a variety of purposes, such as smoothing fine lines and surface wrinkles, improving skin texture and tone, unblocking and cleansing pores, and improving skin condition in general.

Alpha hydroxy acids can also cause mild skin irritation, redness, swelling, itching, and skin discoloration. Facial peels left on the skin for periods longer than recommended can cause severe burns to the skin.

The product comes in a 50ml bottle and is traded online without a batch and lot identification number.

NAFDAC implores consumers to exercise caution in the use of YW Cosmetics Glycolic Acid 70%.

Healthcare professionals, consumers and patients are encouraged to report adverse events related to the use of this product to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLLS FREE from all networks) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng or via the NAFDAC ADR e-Reporting platform available at www.nafdac.gov.ng

NAFDAC……..Customer-focused, Agency-minded!!!

Signed Management

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