The National Agency for Sanitary Surveillance (Anvisa) prohibited the sale of all ointments for styling and braiding hair. With this procedure in place, not many of these products could be sold in Brazil. Additionally, beauty professionals should not use the product on clients.
According to Anvisa, the ban is related to the unwanted effects of the ointment on vision. This is because some people who have used the product have had severe eye irritation.
Reports indicate that some brands have caused eye pain and irritation, swollen eyelids and difficulty seeing, symptoms that were observed after washing the hair where the product was used, or after contact with pool or sea water.
According to Sérgio Kwitko, a CBO member and president of the Brazilian Cornea Association, the ointment may pose a threat to consumers’ vision. “Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and methylthiazolinone (MI) are commonly used chemical compounds in the formulation of this type of cosmetics, he explained that these preservatives contain elements that are toxic to the skin and mucous membranes, and can cause allergic reactions and burns on the skin. eyes and skin, as well as pulmonary intoxication and neurotoxicity.
In this sense, the agency stressed that, for the moment, investigators are carrying out tests and analyzes to investigate the case and provide more detailed information.
What to do in cases of eye irritation after using ointments?
Given the repercussions of these cases, Sergio listed some precautions to avoid possible side effects of the ointment. So, check it out below:
Check the cosmetic label. Therefore, if you buy, please note that the use should not be close to the eyes. You should also be aware that the product may come into contact with the eyes when it comes in contact with water or perspiration;
In cases of ocular adverse reactions, affected individuals should immediately flush their eyes with saline solution and seek urgent medical attention, preferably an ophthalmologist.
If you know someone who has gone through something similar, it is possible to register the event through the digital platforms available on the Anvisa website.
In addition, the page contains information on the safe use of these products:
- Buy only ointments regulated by Anvisa;
- Consult the manufacturer on the specific preventive measures for each brand;
- Wash hands well before handling material;
- Finally, follow the step-by-step indicated on the package to the letter.
Another interesting tip is to give priority to natural cosmetics, with as few chemical ingredients as possible. Remember to store the container correctly and keep an eye on the expiration date – discard the product before the expiration date if changes in color, odor or texture appear.