13 Mar '12, 11am

Would You Put Mercury On Your Face?: These products are manufactured overseas in places from China to Lebanon an...

Would You Put Mercury On Your Face?: These products are manufactured overseas in places from China to Lebanon an...

There’s lead in lipstick — and there’s also mercury in skin-lightening creams . The Food and Drug Administration has recently issued a warning about mercury in beauty products — skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions — that (so the products claim) will lighten your skin. These products are manufactured overseas in places from China to Lebanon and marketed as anti-aging treatments to remove age spots and freckles; teenagers also use them as acne treatments. The products are brought, and sold, illegally into the US, in Latino, Asian, African or Middle Eastern neighborhoods and online, notes the FDA. Gary Coody, national health fraud coordinator in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, notes that many of these “cosmetics” — which really ought to be classified as unapproved new drugs under US law — says that they come into the country “through channels we can’t...

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