Antigua & Barbuda to ban most bleaching cream imports

Assortment of creams

Dr. Linroy Christian, the Director of Analytical Services, said his department wanted to restrict the importation of skin lightening products with high mercury content.


“Bleaching creams, I know if we try to stop that there will probably be a riot somewhere but we intend to ban it, to be honest,” Dr. Christian said, insisting that the products were hazardous to human health.


“There’s no other way than to remove the majority of bleaching creams from the market”, he added.


The department reportedly collected more than 135 cosmetic products such as bleaching creams, lotions and eye serums for testing.


“We have screened one and it came up with 37,000 parts per million. If I put that in perspective, if it is over one part per million, you shouldn’t use it,” he explained.


The department was said to be formulating the restrictions through regulations under the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Act in accordance with the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

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  1. PM and its stupid government are the ones who are
    hazardous to human health and living in antigua and barbuda them should be the ones who get banned!!

    • When you Compare and Contrast both the ABLP and the UPPITES. The ABLP is far superior than those losers. May I suggest that you look into the mirror and you see a reflection of a Moron and Charlatan. Disagree if you want but they’re not hazardous. Please be more constructive and intelligent. Sadly, political tribalism is part of ignorant people. Are you?

  2. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock!

    BAN! Just Do It!

    The Afrocentric Paradigm is A Shift in thinking proposed as a constructural adjustment to black disorientation dislocation decenteredness and lack of agency!

  3. Whilst the government is contemplating this ban, I need to know which ministry do I take a kettle that I bought from a Chinese store, made in China, that smells like burnt rubber everyone it’s heated?

  4. Why would black skinned persons use bleaching products. Do they want to look like white people. When they hate white people. I have seen persons have all types of bodily works. Hair,lips,noses and other bodily areas to name a few. Why is that done? Why can’t we just be our beautiful selves. Why the bleaching? Do we as a people really need to bleach?

    • @Beach Bum… I agree, why people wanted to be white and most of them hated white people. Them need to thank God for the skin tone He created them with. God knows what He was when He created mankind with different skin tone. All the bleaching cream and lotion around the world should be band and for good. I am proud of my blackness…Thank You Father God for my skin tone. Black is beautiful the most beautiful skin complexion in the entire world 🌎.

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