Growing use of substandard cosmetics causing skin, hair diseases in women: Dr. Rathi

HYDERABAD: The skin and hair diseases among women are growing as a result of frequent use of substandard cosmetic products, which are available in local markets without any certification from authorities concerned.

The owners of the cosmetic shops are earning high profit by selling substandard and non-recommended cosmetics particularly bleaching products and ointments to females of  different ages.

These cosmetic products are being imported from neighbouring countries by the profiteers without realising their side effects, said eminent dermatologist and consultant Dr. Dharam Deve Rathi when approached by APP with a query about the reason of increasing skin and hair diseases.

The women, particularly adults have developed a tendency  of making their skin fair with healthy-looking  hair which has forced them to use cosmetic products irrespective of  whether these products are suitable for their skin and hair or not, the dermatologist said.

These women are inspired by  the advertisements of non branded companies being telecast
by  different television channels, often offering   guarantee that the use of these products can make them more beautiful with fair skin and healthy-looking  hairs in  minimum time.

More than half of the adult women are using bleaching products, he said and and added that most skin diseases observed in bleaching products’ users appear to be induced, aggravated or modified by this practice.

Superpotent topical glucocorticoids appear to be the main agents responsible for the observed complications, Dr. Deve Rathi said. The cosmetic use of bleaching products therefore has a major impact on our current dermatological practice, he added.

Due to high prices of branded cosmetic products, he said  majority of women have no choice except to purchase non- branded products which usually grip them in skin and hair  diseases instead of  providing the desired  results.

These non-certified and unbranded cosmetic products are easily available in cosmetic shops, which have mushroom growth as a result of high earning of profits from these products.

The owners of these cosmetic shops can earn profit by  margin of 200 to 300 percent as compared to certified and branded products which provide them seven to ten percent profit, he pointed out and added that it is the main reason that shopkeepers prefer to sell  non- certified and unbranded cosmetic products.

Dr. Dharam Dev Rathi suggested that the women should avoid  becoming influenced by catchy  advertisement as use such non- certified and unbranded cosmetic products can only increase complications on their skin and hair instead of  fulfilling their quest for looking good.

Source: APP