- Always check the label
for mercury in skin care products
- Mercury is used as an
ingredient in skin lightening and anti-aging creams
to mercury from skincare products is harmful to the user and their family as
wishes for flawless skin and uses several skin care products that are available in the
market. But, are all the skincare products safe to use? It may be not so.
Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) warned consumers against
the use of skin care creams, soaps and lotions that contain mercury.
Mercury is used
as an active ingredient in skin care products but it
comes with a host of adverse side effects. According to the statement released
by the USFDA's website, mercury is listed on the label by different names such
as mercurous chloride, calomel, mercuric, and mercurio. It is mandatory for any
cosmetic or non-prescription drug to list the products' ingredients on the
label. Consumers should stop buying skin care products
that have any of these names mentioned on the label.
‘Skin care products that promise to lighten and brighten the skin tone contain toxic metal mercury that not only affect the users but even those around them.’
The USFDA has
cautioned consumers not to assume that the product is safe if
the ingredients are not listed, or if the product label is not mentioned.
warns, that the products are manufactured in other
countries and sold illegally in the US markets. Some of
these harmful skin care products are
also sold through mobile apps and promoted online in social media. Some individuals
have bought the products in other countries and brought them
back to the US for personal use.
level of mercury in skin care products is 1 part per
million. But most of the creams and lotions contain mercury as high as 210,000
parts per million.
The common skin care products that contain mercury are skin lighteners and
anti-aging creams and lotions that are used to remove wrinkles, age spots,
freckles, and blemishes. Some products that are used by teenagers for acne
also contain mercury. Mercury is also found in other
cosmetics such as eye make-up products like mascara. Some products that are
gray colored have high levels of mercury contamination.
to mercury can be harmful
to both users of the products and their
families. Pregnant women, newborns and young children are vulnerable to mercury
toxicity. Consumers who have used mercury-containing products have mercury
poisoning or elevated levels of mercury in their bodies.
more sensitive to mercury exposure as it can harm their developing brains and
nervous systems. Breastfed infants are exposed to mercury from their mother's
the body when the vapor from skincare products is inhaled. Young children might
touch towels or clothes that are contaminated with mercury. Even touching a person's face who has applied a mercury-containing
product can be harmful.
conducted on mice have shown that the usage of fairness creams affected the
liver, kidney and brain function. Other studies have shown that mercury
exposure causes cognitive decline, headache, anxiety, depression and hand
tremors in users.
Protect Yourself from Mercury Exposure
- Do not buy cosmetics or drugs
labeled in languages other than English unless English labeling is also
provided. This may be a sign that the product is marketed illegally.
all the mercury-containing skin care products in a
plastic bag before discarding.
- Wash your hands thoroughly
if you have come in contact with products that contain mercury.
- Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products
- Mercury in Skin Lightening Products -