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.