The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned against the use of a cosmetic product, YW Cosmetics Glycolic Acid, containing 70 per cent of glycolic acid content.
The warning is contained in a public alert with No. 032/2022, signed by the Director-General of the agency, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, on Tuesday ìn Abuja.
Adeyeye stated that the agency was informed of the product by the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL).
She said 70 per cent of glycolic acid is a strong acidic alpha hydroxyl-acid (AHA) and is the most popularly used in skin care, adding that the product was manufactured from sugar cane, and “is the smallest AHA, and 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 discolouration.
“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.”
The NAFDAC boss, therefore, implored consumers to exercise caution in the use of YW cosmetics while encouraging healthcare professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events related to the use of the product to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR on 20543 TOLLS FREE from all networks.