More than two dozen products, including some that can be purchased by mail, are to be banned from Malaysia from March, according to the Health Ministry.
The list of banned products includes products with the word “beauty” in them, such as “Nabla” and “Nubra”, which can cause allergic reactions and lead to anaphylactic shock.
The products can be bought online, or at drugstores, petrol stations and online pharmacies.
Malaysia, which is one of the most heavily regulated countries in the world, is home to more than 3.3 million registered pharmacies.
It also has some of the strictest drug policies in the region.
Some of the banned products have been sold by online sellers since late April, while others have been made in factories.
The government has yet to say how many of the products are being banned.
Malay Mail and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (MNTRA) director general Datuk Joo Yoon Kim said the banned cosmetics and drugs will be banned by the end of March, with no exceptions.
“If a consumer can not afford the costs, they can only purchase from private vendors and can only be allowed to purchase them in Malaysia,” he said.
“It’s the only way that the consumer can afford the price, so we will try to ban them all.”
There is also no exemption for cosmetics and cosmetics products.
“He said the authorities are also looking into a petition by a customer who said she bought one of his cosmetics products.”
We will look into it,” he added.
In an earlier statement, the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Ali Shah, said that in addition to the cosmetics, the products could be used to cause an allergic reaction.”
I have already told the Health Department to do a review and come up with a list of those products which have the word ‘beauty’ in them.
These products can also cause allergic reaction,” he told the BBC.”
The Health Department has already contacted several manufacturers and retailers to find out if they can be exempt from the ban.
“Once we receive their response, we will take action accordingly.”
The government has also launched a campaign in an attempt to attract the foreign buyers of cosmetics.
The Health Ministry said it would issue a list to retailers and online sellers of cosmetics products, explaining that “these products have a high potential for allergic reactions”.
“We also advise customers not to use cosmetics products at the supermarket as the products may be contaminated with harmful substances,” it said.
Last month, Malaysian police launched a crackdown on a spate of counterfeit cosmetics products that were imported from overseas.
The police said the counterfeit cosmetics were selling for up to RM4,000 ($4,822) on the black market, although they said they were still investigating how many were actually genuine.