Rwanda bans skin bleaching creams
The country has banned 1,343 skin bleaching products containing high levels of hydroquinone, saying users risk skin cancer.
According to a police statement, a recent joint operation across the country seized more than 5,000 assorted substandard bleaching products from beauty shops. Lab tests on samples found more than the permissible levels of hydroquinone. The imported products included body oils, lotions, and toilet soaps. Patrick Ndimubanzi, the state minister of public and primary healthcare, has also asked traders not to import or sale substandard products. President Paul Kagame's recently termed use of the prohibited chemicals was "quite unhealthy."