Prisoners at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre are now manufacturing a product called Sweet Potato Skin Whitening Lotion, and according to Senior Superintendent Herbert McFarlane, who heads the facility, it is "selling like hot bread."
"It helps with discolouration. If you have discolouration, it's a lotion that would helps to enhance the skin to make it look better. When people come here and see the products, they get excited" McFarlane stated in an interview with THE STAR.
The $400 lotion is among a number of items, such as shampoos, conditioners, pickled peppers, jams, jellies, and cake mixes, that are being manufactured by members of the prison's 4H Club, which has been in existence since January 2015.
Upon observing the ingredients of the lotion, dermatologist Dr Carol Burrell said she sees no red flags in using the product, which is made from sweet potatoes, mineral oil, xanthan gum, lanolin, glycerine, and water.
"I don't know what effect sweet potatoes have on the skin, but the other products are used for preservatives and softening agents, and are found in most lotions," she said.