Cosmetics have negative impacts on mothers and children

National Yemen


By Wafa A.Alkhazzan

Through cosmetics, people are exposed to many dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. These include soaps, shampoos, hair dyes, creams, and ointments, among others. They are extremely dangerous, and are described by some scientists as “dirty materials.”

Many women use these materials without thinking. Some of them believe that health authorities have already ensured that they are safe. However, they are wrong. Governments rarely require health reports or tests before products are sold on the market. Yemenis use an average of 126 different chemicals on their skin every day. Our skin is porous, and thus sensitive to toxic chemicals.

Dr. Zainab Mohammed expanded on the various risks caused by dangerous cosmetics.

“The cause problem is that they increase the percentage of a vitamin A, particularly a substance that contains a retinol derivative of this vitamin. The pregnant should avoid these cosmetics which contain this derivative, especially in the first months of her pregnancy. It affects the fetus, although it works to fight wrinkles and anti-aging.”

“The body needs vitamin A as it is a growth vitamin, which reinforces skin integrity, strengthens teeth, sharpens eyesight, and promotes overall growth of the human body. It also helps to build the tissues of bone formation and composition of hormones. However, the increase in this vitamin may cause problems, especially for pregnant mothers and that.”

Fathl Mogebl Mansour, head of the Yemeni Association for Consumer Protection, reiterated that a number of cosmetic products in the local market cause cancer, skin disease, shortness of breath, and indicated that the organization has been monitoring deformities in women and children.

“The market is full of products and cosmetics in various forms, their sources being as diverse as China, India, the Gulf states, and none of them are not subject to requirements for health and safety. There are no regulations for cosmetics until today, and not one entity is involved in the control of cosmetics.”

He explained that the Association receives a lot of complaints and requests for information about this regard from concerned authorities outside of Yemen, including the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, because Yemen is such an important business partner. There is cooperation and information exchanged in this sense.

However, Mansour warned about the consequences of silence on this issue. He called for comprehensive regulations and new industry standards on health and safety, under the control of an outside party.