Be alert, these are the 4 ingredients of creams that are dangerous for the face

Wa clean and bright face is a dream many people. One of the ways to get it is to wear face cream. However previously,

know i some jenis content dangerous cream, to avoid health risks.

The Indonesian Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) prohibits the circulation and use of cosmetic products sold without a permit in Indonesia. These include harmful creams containing mercury, retinoic acid, hydroquinone, and resorcinol.

Usually, cosmetic products that contain these harmful ingredients are not registered with BPOM, have a pungent smell, are shiny in color, if applied to the face the results are uneven, feel sticky, can cause facial skin irritation or redness when exposed to sunlight.

Hazardous Ingredients in Cosmetics and its Risks

Here are some harmful ingredients that are usually found in cosmetics or beauty products for the face:


Mercury is able to inhibit the formation of melanin, thus making the skin look brighter in a short time. That is why mercury is often used as an ingredient in skin whitening or lightening creams.

If used continuously, mercury can cause rashes and skin discoloration, tremors (shaking), kidney damage, and psychological disorders, such as anxiety and insomnia.

In pregnant women and nursing mothers, mercury exposure can cause congenital abnormalities and impaired brain development in infants.

Sour r etinoate

Retinoic acid is able to clean pores, treat acne and acne scars, and reduce wrinkles.

However, retinoic acid has the risk of causing skin irritation, dryness, sensitivity to sunlight, discoloration, swelling, or redness.

Not only that, the fetus in the womb who is exposed to this substance is at risk for congenital abnormalities, while children are at risk for abnormalities in the nervous system, bones, muscles, joints and digestion.

That is why the use of products containing retinoic acid must be under medical supervision and through a doctor's prescription.

Hy dro quinone

H y dro qu ino ne commonly used to brighten the skin and disguise dark spots. Only use hy d roqu inon e in face creams can make the skin sensitive to sunlight.

Other side effects include skin feeling stinging, redness, dryness

and cracked, blistered, or blackened.

Hydroquinone are also at risk for severe allergic reactions, such as headache, rash, itching, swelling of the face and throat, and difficulty breathing.


resorcinol can be used to treat pain and itching caused by insect bites, poisonous plants, burns, sunburn, and skin irritation.

resorcinol is also commonly used as a drug to treat skin diseases, such as eczema, warts, psoriasis, and calluses. However, if used too much, resorcinol can cause headaches, fatigue, bluish skin, irregular heartbeat, seizures, and shortness of breath.

To prevent the impact of the harmful cream content, be wise and careful in choosing and using over-the-counter cosmetics. Do not be easily tempted by beauty products that are sold at low prices. Make sure the cosmetic product you choose has a distribution permit from BPOM.

You should consult with your doctor before using face creams or other beauty products. The doctor will suggest the type of face cream that is suitable and safe for your skin.