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List of products banned by Kenya Bureau of Standards

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has seized a total of 435 banned cosmetics from the market.

Kebs says the affected products contain harmful substances including hydroquinone and mercury.

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Constant use of cosmetic products containing hydroquinone and mercury plus its compounds can result in rashes, swelling, redness or peeling, fatigue, weakness, bone pain, and skin discoloration.

In addition to this exposure high levels of these elements over long periods of time can lead to serious health problems such as kidney damage, digestive illnesses, and nervous diseases.

Earlier on Kebs had issued a list of skin-lightening creams and soaps that they said were not suitable for everyday use.

Fair Lady, Miki, Mekako, Peau Claire cream and gel plus were among skin lightening products that have been banned by Kebs.

According to Kebs, the creams contain chemical components that should only be used to treat various medical conditions.

This means these products should only be used on the recommendation of a medical doctor and for such period of time as the doctor may prescribe, and should not be sold in the open market but only in registered pharmacies and chemists.

The chemicals used include hydroquinone, steroids, mercury and hydrogen peroxide.

“The ban is aimed at protecting unsuspecting consumers and discouraging dumping of these products in the Kenyan Market. Hydroquinone, Mercury, oxidizing agents and hormonal preparations are used for treating various medical conditions. They are therefore classified as drugs and should be applied only upon the advice and direction of a medical doctor,” read part of the statement.

“All skincare preparations like creams, lotions, gels, soaps, etc. containing hydroquinone, steroids and hormonal preparations should be registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of the Ministry of Health for medical use. Their use in cosmetics was prohibited through gazette notices 4310 of 14th August 1998 and 7169 of November 2000.”

Kebs says that Betnovate, Mediven, Diprosone, Nerisone, Hydrocortisone and 0xy 5 and 0xy 10 are the products registered with Pharmacy and Poisons Board to be used as human medicines for various skin conditions.

Below is the full list of Cosmetic products containing hydroquinone, steroids, mercury and hydrogen peroxide that have not been registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board as medicines.


  1. Jaribu skin lightening lotion
  2. A3 lemon skin lightening lotion Princess Lotion
  3. Amira skin lightening lotion
  4. Kiss lotion
  5. Peau Claire beauty body lotion
  6. A3 clear touch complexion lotion
  7. Rico skin lightening lotion
  8. Clear touch lotion
  9. Fair white body clearing milk
  10. Sivoclair lightening body lotion
  11. Extra clair lightening body lotion
  12. Precieux treatment beauty lotion
  13. Clear essence skin beautifying milk 1


  1. Ultra clear
  2. Topiclear
  3. Body clear


  1. Movate
  2. Mekako
  3. Jaribu
  4. Tura
  5. Acura
  6. Rico
  7. Fair lady
  8. Elegance
  9. Miki
  10. Jambo


  1. Pimplex medicated cream
  2. Pimplex medicated cream
  3. New shirley medicated cream
  4. Cream preparations containing hydrogen peroxide(h2o2)
  5. Hot movate gel
  6. Tenovate
  7. Soft and beautiful cream
  8. Unic clear super cream
  9. Peau claire gel plus
  10. Peau claire cream
  11. Jolen cream, skin preparations continting steroids
  12. Movate cream, skin success gel
  13. Amira –c
  14. Neu clear gel
  15. Body clear cream spot remover
  16. Top gel plus
  17. Lemonvate cream, secret gel
  18. Tcb gel plus
  19. Topifram cream
  20. Skin balance lemon cream
  21. Dermo -gel plus
  22. Fashion fair gel plus
  23. Visible difference gel
  24. Sivoclair cream
  25. Action demovate cream
  26. Regge lemon gel
  27. Ultimate lady gel
  28. topifram gel plus
  29. Age renewal cream
  30. Fair & white gel plus
  31. Peau clair gel plus
  32. Fashion fair cream
  33. First class lady cream
  34. Skin success cream
  35. Neu clear cream plus
  36. Jaribu beta – β cream
  37. Body treat cream spot remover
  38. Clair & lovely gel, peau clair cream
  39. Soft & beautiful gel
  40. Action demovate gel plus
  41. Prosone gel
  42. Skin balance gel wrinkle remover
  43. Ultra-gel plus 44. Pro-one gel mca
  44. Betalemon cream
  45. Skin balance cream wrinkle remover


  1. Jaribu cream
  2. Madonna medicated cream
  3. Tura skin toning cream
  4. Kiss -medicated beauty cream
  5. Zarina medicated skin lightener cream
  6. Lolane cream, nadinola cream
  7. Mic skin lightener cream
  8. Clere lemon cream
  9. Butone cream
  10. Miki beauty cream
  11. Island beauty skin fade cream
  12. Ikb medicated cream
  13. Care plus fairness cream
  14. A3 skin lightening cream, ambi american formula
  15. Ambi extra complexion cream for men
  16. A3 tripple action cream pearl light
  17. Fairlady skin lightening cream
  18. Clear touch cream
  19. Rico skin tone crème
  20. Princess medicated beauty cream
  21. Immediat claire lighten
  22. Mekako cream
  23. Yesako medicated beauty cream
  24. Mrembo medicated beauty cream
  25. Uno21 cream
  26. Envi skin toner, viva super lemon
  27. Glotone complexion cream
  28. Tonight night beauty cream
  29. Clere extra cream
  30. Malaika medicated beauty cream
  31. Crusader skin toning cream
  32. Malibu medicated cream
  33. Opiclear cream, carekako medicated cream
  34. Dream successful
  35. Cleartone skin toning cream
  36. Cleartone extra skin toning cream
  37. Elegance skin lightening cream
  38. Fade out cream
  39. Crusader ultra-brand cream
  40. Baraka skin lightening cream
  41. Amira cream
  42. Rico complexion cream
  43. Shirley cream
  44. Princess patra luxury complexion cream
  45. Ambi special complexion cream
  46. Nindola cream, claire creme
  47. Fulani creme eclaircissante
  48. Binti jambo cream
  49. Dear heart with hydroquinone cream
  50. Nish medicated cream
  51. Palmer’s skin success fade cream
  52. Body clear cream
  53. Symba creme skin lite ‘n’ smooth
  54. Clear essence medicated fade cream
  55. O’nyia skin crème
  56. Mr. Clere cream
  57. Top lemon plus cream
  58. Ultime skin lightening cream
  59. Peau claire crème eclaircissante