Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Health scare: Skin cream use puts teen in hospital

Health scare: Skin cream use puts teen in hospital

Health scare: Skin cream use puts teen in hospital

Health scare
A teenager was rushed to Kratie provincial hospital yesterday after the application of a skin-whitening cream left her unconscious, officials said, an incident that nearly became the second reported death in the Kingdom this year from such a beauty product.

Sambor commune chief Touch Samboeum said that 19-year-old Treas Terang began vomiting and convulsing immediately after applying the cream, which she had bought from a local market.

“She is lucky, because her family sent her immediately to the hospital for help. She is staying there now for additional monitoring,” he said.

The commune chief was unable to confirm whether the cream used by the victim was the Vietnamese brand Kim Lot Lanh Thom Cao Cap, which was banned from the Kingdom last year after its connection to the death of a 23-year-old in Banteay Meanchey province.

“It is very important for people to learn and be careful before using skin-whitening creams in order to avoid adverse effects to their health,” he said.

Bun Chhoeun said that Treas Terang would be released from the hospital after a few more days. 

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group