Illegal skin lightening creams being sold in London
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Illegal skin lightening creams being sold in London

Illegal skin-whitening creams are being sold by high street cosmetics shops despite a number of prosecutions, a BBC undercover investigation has revealed.

Shaba Hair and Cosmetics stores have been fined for dealing in creams containing hydroquinone, but researchers found outlets continuing to sell them.

Products containing hydroquinone can damage the liver and nervous system.

Trading Standards officials said there was "no excuse" for selling the creams. Shaba refused to comment.

  • 17 Feb 2016