Health Canada has issued a warning about PureCare Herbal Cream, a skin cream for babies and children, that it says could pose “serious health risks.”
The federal agency says the herbal cream, which is promoted as a natural treatment for eczema and psoriasis in children and babies, contains a prescription steroid (clobetasol propionate) and another ingredient (phenoxylethanol) that are not declared on the label.
— Health Canada (@HealthCanada) March 27, 2017
Health Canada says the ingredients may cause skin irritation, dehydration or increased blood pressure. It advises consumers to stop using the product and to check with a health care professional if they have used it and have health concerns.
PureCare Herbal Cream Ltd. said in a statement posted on its Facebook page, where it goes by the name PureCare Skin, that Health Canada informed it that some clobetasol propionate is present in its product. PureCare Skin said it will share how much was present in each bottle after it receives the information from Health Canada.
The company is offering customers refunds as a result of the news.
It is also following up with its manufacturer, which the company alleges “expressly informed” it that “the product was all natural and free from any drugs or parabens.”