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Mercury Found In Skin-Lightening Creams

Health officials warn the public about high levels of mercury in cosmetics.

Before trying out new products or cosmetics, it’s important to read up on them first for health and safety reasons.

The California Department of Public Health has issued a warning to the public after high levels of mercury were found in certain skin-lightening creams imported to the USA from Asia. The two brands identified containing mercury were Monsepa Bleaching Express Peeling and Jiaoli Miraculous Cream.

Overexposure to mercury can lead to irritability, depression, nervousness, difficulty concentrating or remembering, fatigue, tremors, shaking, weakness, and tingling or numbness in the hands, feet or around the mouth. It may also cause infertility in women.

Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration only allows 1 part per million of mercury in cosmetics, not all countries follow this ratio. Some contain levels as high as 1,000 parts per million, which can be very hazardous to your health.


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