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FDA Announces Age Spot Beauty Product Recall

Timothy Boyer Ph.D.'s picture
Skin whitening product recalled

Looking to remove those age spots? If so, then you will want to know about this latest beauty product recall to avoid a potential serious risk to your health.


Among the most popular beauty products sold online are skin lightening (or skin whitening) creams and lotions typically used to undo sun damage to the skin, even-out skin tones and remove age spots. Skin whiteners are also a popular cosmetic agent with dark-skinned individuals wanting to lighten their skin believing that it will enhance their appearance and potentially increase their chances in the job market.

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However, past FDA reports of skin lighteners should be heeded as some manufacturers have turned to using toxic chemicals as bleaching agents such as mercury, which disrupts melanin production in melanocyte cells that gives natural skin its natural characteristic tone based on its level of melanocytes. Mercury is a heavy metal that exposure to can gradually lead to serious complications that affect cognitive thinking, memory, attention, language, and fine motor and visual spatial skills.

A more recent FDA Safety Alert concerning skin whitening beauty products was just released this week announcing that, Flawless Beauty, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of nineteen different products sold individually or as part of multi-unit kits, due to concerns by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the products were found to be misbranded or contain unapproved new drugs pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA believes that these drugs present serious public health risks. To date, Flawless Beauty has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

According to the alert, the recalled beauty products were sold and distributed over the Internet to both U.S. and foreign customers. All glutathione products were sold in multi-vial whitening kits, either alone or in combination with ampules of vitamin C and sterile water. Vials or ampules of vitamin C or sterile water purchased separately or as part of these whitening kits are also recalled.

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Beauty Products Subject to the Recall

" Relumins Advanced Glutathione kits w/ 900mg vials
" Relumins Advanced Glutathione kits w/ 1500mg vials
" Relumins Advanced Glutathione kits w/ 3000 vials
" Relumins Vitamin C Solvent ampules
" Tatiomax Gluatathione Whitening kits w/ 1400mg vials
" Saluta Glutathione Whitening kits w/ 600mg vials
" Saluta Glutathione Whitening kits w/ 1200mg vials
" Saluta Glutathione Whitening kits w/ 1800mg vials
" Laroscorbine Platinum Vitamin C with Collagen - 1100mg
" Tationil Glutathione Whitening 10 vial kits
" Tationil Glutathione Whitening (5 sets of 10 vial kits)
" Laennec Human Placenta Whitening kits - 2ml vials
" Reiki Glutathione Whitening kits
" TAD Glutathione Whitening kits w/ 600mg vials
" TP Drug Laboratories Vitamin C ampules
" Sterile water ampules
" Ling Zhi capsules

What to Do in Case of Suspected Adverse Reaction

The FDA advises consumers to stop using the recalled products listed above and that any adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of these products can be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

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Reference: FD.gov "Multiple Drug Products by Flawless Beauty: Recall-Misbranded or Unapproved"

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