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Cosmetic Use-Related Adverse Events: Findings from Lay Public in Malaysia

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Pharmaceutical Technology, Kulliyyah of Pharmacy International Islamic University Malaysia, Bandar Indera Mahkota, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia
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Department of Pharmacy, Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-kanak Sabah, Kota Kinabalu 88996, Sabah, Malaysia
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Department of Pharmacy, Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah, Jalan Sultan Mahmud, Kuala Terengganu 20400, Terengganu, Malaysia
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Department of Pharmacy, Al-Esraa University College Baghdad, Baghdad 999048, Iraq
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Department of Pharmacy, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Punjab 40100, Pakistan
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Pharmacy Practice, Kulliyyah of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia, Bandar Indera Mahkota, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia
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Qualitative Research-Methodological Application in Health Sciences, Kulliyyah of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak 53100, Selangor, Malaysia
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Cosmetics 2020, 7(2), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics7020041
Received: 23 April 2020 / Revised: 31 May 2020 / Accepted: 1 June 2020 / Published: 4 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cosmetovigilance: Public Health Perspective)
Objectives: Although the occurrence of adverse cosmetic reactions is often underestimated by the consumers, the documentation of the incident might be helpful for the authority in regulating the cosmetic products. The objectives of this study were to assess the prevalence and type of adverse cosmetic event (ACE), as well as the measures adopted by those experiencing the ACE. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted using a structured questionnaire comprised of 11 questions. The questionnaire was divided into two sections: demographic profile and adverse cosmetic reaction. A total of 552 cosmetic users in Malaysia participated in this study. Data were entered into Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20 and descriptive statistics was applied. Findings: A total of 29% respondents have experienced ACEs. Eczema was found to be the most frequent type of ACE. Facial area (n = 178) was reported to be the most frequent body site affected by ACEs. A mere 41% attempted to consult health professionals. Conclusions: Few respondents consulted health professionals for recommendations, indicating that they misjudge occurrences related to adverse outcomes. The high diversity and non-specificity of cosmetic adverse reactions reported in the current research highlighted the need for a vigorous cosmetovigilance system. View Full-Text
Keywords: cosmetic; cosmetovigilance; eczema; skin; adverse event cosmetic; cosmetovigilance; eczema; skin; adverse event
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Hadi, H.; Ai, N.; Zamli, M.; Awadh, A.I.; Zafar, M.Z.; Jamshed, S. Cosmetic Use-Related Adverse Events: Findings from Lay Public in Malaysia. Cosmetics 2020, 7, 41.

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