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FACT CHECK: Amy Perez NOT promoting bakuchiol retinol

WHAT WAS CLAIMED

Celebrity Amy Perez promoted a brand of bakuchiol retinol.

OUR VERDICT

Fake:

Celebrity Amy Perez denied promoting Venature Bakuchiol Retinol serum. The product is not among the FDA’s approved cosmetic products.

Jun 27, 2024

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Three fake Facebook (FB) posts claimed that TV host Amy Perez is promoting a brand of bakuchiol retinol. She denied endorsing the product.

The posts claimed:

“Amy Perez shares: “OMG, 60 years old but everyone thinks I’m my husband’s daughter because I look so young๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ It’s all thanks to applying Bakuchiol Retinol before sleeping to prevent aging, limit wrinkles and help skin become white, smooth and elastic.”

I DON’T USE OR ENDORSE THIS PRODUCT! NINAKAW ANG VIDEO KO AT GINAGAMIT NILA. MAG INGAT PO TAYO! And HELLO wala pa akong 60 years old. Oh di ba mali?! (I don’t use or endorse this product! They stole my video and used it. Let’s be cautious! And hello, I’m not yet 60 years old. Isn’t that wrong,) Perez said in a June 23 statement.

Venature Bakuchiol Retinol serum, the product being endorsed, is not on the FDA’s list of verified cosmetic products.

One of the fake videos used altered clips from Perez, actress Kim Chiu, and licensed physician Kilimanjaro โ€œDr. Kilimanguruโ€ Tiwaquen to look more legitimate.ย 

VERA FILES FACT CHECK - THE FACTS: Celebrity Amy Perez denied promoting Venature Bakuchiol Retinol serum. The serum is not among the FDAโ€™s approved cosmetic products.

Reverse image search shows that the original version of Amy Perezโ€™s video from TikTok, dated May 22, 2023, shows her promoting a different beauty product.

Cursory search revealed that the fake video also used and altered this clip from Chiu, as well as this TikTok clip from Tiwaquen..

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Meanwhile, two other posts claimed that board-certified specialist Alvin Francisco, also known as Doc Alvin, was behind the product. He said such videos are fake.

โ€œVery rampant โ€˜yung paggamit ng ating appearance sa pansarili ng mga scammerโ€ฆ Wala po akong binebentang kahit na ano sa internet. (The use of our appearance for scammersโ€™ self-interests is very rampant. I donโ€™t sell any product on the internet),โ€ Francisco said in a June 25 FB Live video. 

The fake posts from FB pages ๐๐š๐ค๐ฎ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐จ๐ฅ ๐‘๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐จ๐ฅ ๐๐ž๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ง – ๐——๐—ผ๐—ฐ ๐—”๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป, Doc Alvin – Health Skin Care, and ๐€๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ณ garnered a total of over of 3,100 reactions, 734 comments, and 719,000 plays.  

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