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Insight of Malaysian Users of Cosmetic Regarding Cosmetovigilance

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Department of Pharmaceuical Technology, Kulliyyah of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia, Bandar Indera Mahkota, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia
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Department of Pharmacy, Al-Esraa University College Baghdad, Karada, Baghdad 10001, Iraq
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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, Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-kanak Sabah, Kota Kinabalu 88996, Sabah, Malaysia
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Department of 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, Bandar Indera Mahkota, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia
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Cosmetics 2020, 7(2), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics7020045
Received: 28 April 2020 / Revised: 3 June 2020 / Accepted: 9 June 2020 / Published: 10 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cosmetovigilance: Public Health Perspective)
Despite high popularity and demand for cosmetic products among users of cosmetics, there is paucity of work on cosmetovigilance. The objective of this study was to explore the cosmetovigilance-related insight encompassing the knowledge, practices, attitude, and perception of Malaysian users of cosmetics. A cross-sectional study was conducted using a structured questionnaire comprising of 47 items reflecting on demographic profile, knowledge, practices, attitude, and perception toward cosmetics. The questionnaire was administered using the SurveyMonkey website, subject to a convenience sample of 552 users of cosmetics in Malaysia. The data collected were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20. Insufficient knowledge of cosmetic safety was found, especially in terms of the ingredients used and the adverse effects related to common cosmetic products. The total knowledge score showed a significant difference between gender (p < 0.001) and monthly expenditure (p = 0.001). The total attitude score showed a significant difference with respect to gender (p = 0.008), age (p < 0.001), marital status (p < 0.001), education (p = 0.014), occupation (p < 0.001), income range (p = 0.009) and monthly expenditure (p = 0.013). The levels of cosmetovigilance-related knowledge, practices, attitude and perception of users of cosmetics in Malaysia are still unsatisfactory. The current research is expected to offer baseline data which can further help in strengthening the knowledge and attitudes of cosmetic consumers, while reinforcing best practices towards cosmetic products. View Full-Text
Keywords: cosmetic dermatology; cosmetic safety; cosmetovigilance; dermatopharmaceutics cosmetic dermatology; cosmetic safety; cosmetovigilance; dermatopharmaceutics
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Hadi, H.; Ihsan Awadh, A.; Zamli, M.; Ai, N.; Jamshed, S. Insight of Malaysian Users of Cosmetic Regarding Cosmetovigilance. Cosmetics 2020, 7, 45.

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