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Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products


Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products

(ePharmaNews) – “If you have a product that matches these descriptions, stop using it immediately,” says Gary Coody, national health fraud coordinator in the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs in a new warning.


The products are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles. Adolescents also may use these products as acne treatments. Products with this toxic metal have been found in at least seven states in the U.S.
The products are manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States “Even though these products are promoted as cosmetics, they also may be unapproved new drugs under the law,” says Linda Katz, M.D., director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors.
FDA does not allow mercury in drugs or in cosmetics, except under very specific conditions, which these products do not meet.
Dangers of Mercury:
Exposure to mercury can have serious health consequences,” says Charles Lee, M.D., a senior medical advisor at FDA. “It can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn children and very young children.”
You don’t have to use the product yourself to be affected, says FDA toxicologist Mike Bolger, Ph.D. “People—particularly children—can get mercury in their bodies from breathing in mercury vapors if a member of the household uses a skin cream containing mercury.” Infants and small children can ingest mercury if they touch their parents who have used these products, get cream on their hands and then put their hands and fingers into their mouth, which they are prone to do, adds Bolger.


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