is it halal to use face creams and lotions(eg. fair n lovely, dove)containing steric acid..JazakAllah.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh
Steric Acid has harmful side effects. If it is used for medical purposes and it is prescribed by one’s doctor, it will be permissible to use such creams and lotions.
And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Checked and Approved,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.
 http://www.tandurust.com/health-faq-7/octadecanoic-acid-effects.html, last accessed 5/10/2015.