Is There Mercury In Your Skin Products?

Federal and State health officials are warning consumers not to use certain off-brand skin creams, antiseptic soaps and lotions because they may contain mercury, according to a report released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The products are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles, and some are also marketed as acne treatments for teenagers.  The brands are made abroad and sold illegally in the U.S., typically in ethnic communities or on the Internet, primarily targeting Latino, African-American, Middle Eastern and Asian consumers.  These skin products containing mercury have been found in at least seven states, including Texas, California, Virginia, Maryland, New York and Minnesota.

Mercury can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn and very young children.  A person can get mercury in their bodies merely by breathing in mercury vapors or touching people who have used these skin products.

FDA-approved cosmetics and beauty products must include a label that lists the ingredients in English.

The FDA is advising consumers to check the label of any skin lightening, anti-aging or other skin product they use.  The FDA said, if the product contains “mercurous chloride”, “calomel”, “mercuric”, “mercurio”, or “mercury”, stop using the product immediately.


3 responses to this post.

  1. If this is the case, it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise – unfortunately:( Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:)

  2. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Posted by Philip Alcini on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Generally speaking, facial skin care products can be put into five main categories. There may be some overlap among these categories, but each one serves a distinct purpose and understanding what each one does will help you to take care of your skin.;

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