In The News: IPKN BB Cream May Contain Fluorescent Dyes

Because so many people use BB creams, when I came across this news today I thought I should share it:

There are reports in Taiwan that a certain IPKN (a fairly popular Korean brand) BB Cream contains fluorescent dyes, or optical brightener. A consumer filed a complaint saying that under dimmed lights (at pubs, nightclubs, etc.) her face appeared blue when she was wearing the IPKN BB cream. So far, separate tests by two inspection agencies and a university professor showed traces of optical brightener and now the officials at the DOH (Department of Health) will conduct tests on not just this particular BB cream, but on gathered samples of other BB creams to determine whether any of them contains fluorescent dyes.

Fluorescent dyes may cause organ toxicity. Since many Korean skincare and cosmetic products utilize nanotechnology, this could be a concern.

I have seen IPKN being sold in Toronto, in some of the Korean supermarkets and cosmetic booths. This particular BB Cream isn’t sold in Hong Kong though.

Although this is quite a scare, please keep in mind that the officials at DOH have not completed their tests yet. I am interested to hear their findings and when the results are available I will post them here.

The original news reports can be viewed here: in Chinese or English.


4 comments on In The News: IPKN BB Cream May Contain Fluorescent Dyes

  1. Beautiful Canvas
    October 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm (6 years ago)

    Yikes! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Lee
    October 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,

    Thank you for the warning. I had actually thought about using BB cream but ultimately decided not to because I didn’t know what was in it. It makes me think that some miracle products are too good to be true!

    I’m actually wondering if there will be a ripple effect in BB cream sales. Can you please keep us updated? Thanks a bunch!!

    • Joseibi
      October 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm (6 years ago)

      You are very welcome!

      I find that these BB creams are just tinted moisturizers…but people with acne do swear by some of these. I wonder if people will freak out enough not to buy, but at the same time, there are a lot of people who will put up with some of these ingredients as long as they provide results too! for me personally, my dad had cancer and I am not fooling around with anything suspicious. I wish the governments would regulate makeup and skincare though!

  3. Yuri
    October 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Hmmm… this is why it is important to take a good look at the ingredients label. These days, I refuse to buy anything without knowing what’s in it. Call me paranoid but for skincare or cosmetic products, the product development cycle is sometimes too fast to be true.


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