Alert: Injectable Skin Lightening Products may be harmful

Some Individuals seeking to change their skin color are turning to injectable products marketed to whiten or lighten their complexion. These Injectable Skin Lightening Products may be harmful, potentially unsafe and ineffective, and might contain unknown harmful ingredients or contaminants. These products have not been approved by health regulatory bodies such as U.S FDA.

Injectable skin whitening products often promise to lighten the skin, correct uneven skin tone, and clear up blemishes. Some products even claim to treat conditions, such as liver disorders and Parkinson’s disease. These products are marketed for injection into a vein or muscle or under the skin, and are sold online and in some retail outlets and health spas. Although the average consumer may not assume so, these products are unapproved new drugs.

Skin whitening effects
Skin whitening effects

These products contain ingredients that can include glutathione, vitamin C, collagen and even human placenta.

In September 2014, U.S. Marshals seized various unapproved and improperly labeled drug products sold and distributed by Flawless Beauty LLC at the request of FDA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. Earlier that year, Flawless Beauty LLC voluntarily recalled multiple unapproved drugs. Despite a recall, the company continued marketing and distributing unapproved drugs, which prompted federal authorities to seek further enforcement action.

The seized products include Relumins Advanced Glutathione kits and Tatiomax Glutathione Collagen Whitening kits.

Risk Accessment

These products pose a potentially significant safety risk to consumers. You’re essentially injecting an unknown substance into your body—you don’t know what it contains or how it was made.

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Beyond the potential harm from the product itself, improper or unsafe injection practices may transmit disease, cause infection and result in serious injury.

What You Should Do

If you have used these injectable products and are experiencing side effects, consult a health care professional as soon as possible. You or your health care professional can also report an illness or injury you believe to be related to the use of these products to the appropriate health regulatory body.

If you have questions about particular skin conditions, consult a health care professional. There are FDA approved topical drug products to treat certain skin conditions, such as hyperpigmentation (which causes the skin to darken) and melasma (which causes patches on the face).


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