Counterfeit cosmetics that cause severe skin diseases remain popular among Pakistan's poor primarily because of low cost; citizens demand government action to stop manufacturing of toxic products

LOS ANGELES , August 23, 2011 () – Markets in Pakistan are flooded with inexpensive counterfeit cosmetics that are made with toxic chemicals, creating severe skin conditions among the primarily poor consumers, Pakistan Today reported Aug. 22.

Ingredients like steroids and mercury ipecac can be found in low cost face whitening creams. Side effects of these toxin-laden cosmetics include skin conditions and diseases, from allergies to skin cancer.

One resident said he experienced permanent hair loss from a low cost shampoo.

From roadside carts in markets like Pirwadhai, Raja Bazaar and Faizabad, vendors continue to sell the counterfeit products at very low prices as authorities have yet to take action, the article reported.

Citizens are now demanding the government stop the manufacturing of toxic cosmetics as the health of the poor will continue to be compromised as long as they remain on the market.

The primary source of this article is Pakistan Today, Lahore, Pakistan, on August 22, 2011.

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