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Dr Hafiji interviewed by TVNZ Breakfast re Swedish pharmacy ban on sale of anti-ageing skincare to children

Dermatology Hawke’s Bay’s Dr Juber Hafiji was interviewed by TVNZ’s Breakfast programme this morning (Friday 22nd March 2024) to discuss the Swedish pharmacy ban on the sale of anti-ageing skincare to children, amid concerns social media is driving children to use the products prematurely.

Those under the age of 15 will now need a parent to buy products which include exfoliating ingredients. This includes products which contain AHA and BHA acids, along with Vitamin A.

Dr Juber Hafiji told Breakfast the trend creates an “unhealthy relationship” with one’s skin. He added there are steps young people can take to preserve their skin more effectively, such as wearing sunscreen, eating and drinking healthily, eating five a day, sleeping well, managing stress and doing plenty of exercise.”

If children want to use products outside of sunscreen, Hafiji said a simple moisturiser and a gentle cleanser will do the trick. Watch the full interview below.