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September 2017

Topical Steroids in Chinese Cosmetics

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
  • 2Department of Dermatology, People’s Hospital of Hunan Province, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan, China
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(9):855-856. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.1615

Recent media reports in China focused on Zhou Menghan,1 a 22-year-old Chinese woman who sold masks among her circle of friends on WeChat. She had more than 100 000 fans and customers, and her annual income was more than a million yuan. After a few months, her customers began to post photographs of their facial eruptions on the internet and complained that their skin was destroyed after using the “three noes” masks sold by Zhou. Three noes refer to unbranded, dateless products manufactured by a nameless factory. Most of the complications of using the masks were diagnosed by dermatologists as allergic dermatitis or steroid-dependent dermatitis.