Warning: Skin Products Tainted with Mercury

CNN reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a warning to consumers that skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps and lotions contaminated with mercury have been found in at least 7 states.  The products are made aborad and sold within the United States as skin lighteners and anti-aging creams.  Products are being promoted as being able to remove age spots, freckles, wrinkles, other skin blemishes and even acne medication for teens.

The CDC warns that even short-term exposure can cause lung damage, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increases in blood pressure or heart rate, skin rashes, and eye irritation.

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Published on 03/08/2012 | Last updated on 10/18/2018