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The ASA has banned ads from Clearasil, Dermalogica, Feelunique and Johnson & Johnson promoting acne skin care ranges

UK advertising watchdog clamps down on acne claims

British watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a string of skin care adverts claiming to target acne.

Clearasil, Dermalogica, Feelunique and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) were all ordered to remove online campaigns that made ‘medicinal claims’.

A web page on Dermalogica’s website, promoting its MediBac clearing range, said the products are designed to “treat, clear and prevent adult acne” and “provide around-the-clock, maximum control of the main factors that contribute to acne”.

Dermalogica proposed to replace “acne” with the terms “breakout” or “blemish”.

However, the ASA believed the amendments would not be enough. It argued that acne is a medical condition and beauty product adverts that stated, or implied, a product could prevent or treat acne were medicinal claims.

The ASA said: “spots’ would most commonly be associated in public perception with acne, and therefore claims to prevent or treat them would also likely be seen as medicinal.”

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Hydroquinone – man jailed for selling skin products containing banned ingredient

Man ‘first to be jailed’ for selling skin lightening products

A South London shopkeeper has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for selling skin products containing banned ingredient hydroquinone.

Mohammed Iqbal Bharodawala, 45, from East Ham, admitted nine charges of selling products which contain banned ingredient hydroquinone.
The father-of-six also admitted 15 counts of inadequately labelling harmful products, through his company Jenny’s Cosmetics Ltd.

He received 20 months prison time, a company fine of £1,500 and costs of £5,000, after pleading guilty to nine offences relating to the supply of skin lightening products containing the ingredient hydroquinone, banned under European regulation.

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Black ‘henna’ PPD tattoos cause severe chemical burns

Black henna contains high levels of a chemical called paraphenylenediamine (PPD).  PPD is the stuff found in some hair dyes, but it is in much higher concentrations in black henna.

PPD is allowed for restricted use in hair dye, but its use for skin contact products such as temporary tattoos is illegal in the European Union.

The chemical is usually used in hair dyes, and not in brown or other coloured henna.

The para-phenylenediamine in black henna can cause blistering of the skin, painful burns and can lead to scarring.

It can also cause the sufferer to have a lifelong sensitivity to para-phenylenediamine, increasing the risk of severe allergic reaction when using hair dyes in the future.

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