Poison Found in Cosmetic Product

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By Bryan Tan Van Hong

Publicity Associate at YPC. Currently working in Esyms, an online pharmacy platform and Registered Pharmacist at a retail pharmacy. Oh, and not to forget, pun enthusiast.

Written by Bryan Tan – Marketing and Communications Associate at YPC, currently a PRP at a retail pharmacy, and pun enthusiast


This is not an april fool’s joke! The Desk of the Director General of Health released a statement on 1 April on 2 cosmetic products found to contain a scheduled poison. The 2 products mentioned were:

– Bao Fu Ling Snow Lotus Cream 15g
– Bao Fu Ling Skincare Cream

Both these items were found to contain diphenhydramine, an antihistamine used to relief itchiness and allergy caused by insect bites. Under professional supervision and advice, this would be a useful and helpful ingredient. However, if this were to be misused, prolonged exposure to diphenhydramine can cause the skin to thin and be more sensitive to sunlight.

The company supplying these items were told to cease its distribution as selling them will be against the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984. Any individual breaking the aforementioned law can be fined up to RM25,000, face up to 3 years in fail, or both.

Individuals who are using these products are advised to stop immediately and consult your nearest pharmacist or doctor. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your cosmetics, feel free to send an email to kosmetik@npra.gov.my.

NOTE: Bao Fu Ling Malaysia has responded by posting up a captioned video on their Facebook page explaining the situation. Head on over to find out more.