ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare, Dr. Jamal Nasir, has raised concerns about the use of unauthorized whitening injections and creams in beauty parlors, emphasizing that these products are contributing to the spread of diseases.
In an interview with a private news channel, Dr. Nasir highlighted the risks associated with the use of non-certified skin-lightening products.
According to the minister, some beauty parlors have introduced their own skin-lightening creams that lack certification from relevant authorities. He expressed alarm over the widespread use of whitening injections, pointing out that these injections are not registered in Pakistan and are prohibited from import.
“Many beauty parlors are earning millions of rupees by injecting people with whitening injections. These injections are not registered in Pakistan and are not allowed to be imported as well,” stated Dr. Nasir.
Health Risks Associated with Use of Whitening Products
To address this issue, the government is planning to formulate a policy against illegal skin-lightening injections and creams. Dr. Nasir announced that beauty parlors found using such creams and injections would be subject to closure.
The health minister emphasized that local serums and creams, which are easily available at low prices in local markets, pose a significant health risk. He warned that illegal skin-lightening creams and injections can lead to various diseases, including skin and kidney problems.
Dr. Nasir disclosed that a crackdown on illegal beauty parlors and clinics would commence in Lahore and Rawalpindi, although a specific timeline for the enforcement was not provided.
On the other hand, shopkeepers noted an increasing trend of women purchasing whitening creams, with approximately 75% of women reportedly buying such products.