Following the news that Rwanda has ushered in a ban on skin lightening products, South Sudan has also moved to prohibit the sale of harmful lightening creams.

The country’s Drugs and Food Control Agency has banned importation and sale of bleaching products in a bid to protect consumers from the harmful chemicals such creams can contain, according to a report published by Pulse.

However, skin lightening products that do not contain hydroquinone or mercury will continue to be allowed to be marketed in the country.

“We have not banned all skin lightening products in the market. We only banned the dangerous ones,” Peter Adwok, Director of the Drugs and Food Control Authority clarified in an interview with Radio Tamazuj.