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When good looks can kill

Counterfeit beauty products contain dangerous substances but newly launched self-test kits can spot them

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Recent news about a Khon Kaen woman whose skin was damaged after she used a whitening lotion stirred widespread concern over the safety of cosmetic products on the market today. 

The news brought attention to the issue, and authorities once again cracked down on illegal, and often dangerous, beauty products. This happens almost every other month, and it seems like no matter how much the issue is highlighted, the sneaky producers try harder and manage to sell them to gullible customers.

In this latest case, it was found the cream, labelled "3-Day Brighten and Re-Whiten Lotion", contained hydroquinone _ a substance that may lead to temporary or permanent discolouration, irritation and corrosion of the skin. The question is, how do you know for sure that the cream you are using doesn't also contain hydroquinone?

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