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skin-light-mama-africa-natural-whitening-creamThe FDA has released an updated consumer report on skin care and anti-aging products imported or for global travelers who ship product to the U.S. for personal use or to resell.  They announced a direct link to mercury poisoning with these products.  There were no specific skin care lines or brand names mentioned in the release.  The FDA did say, however, “The products are usually marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes or wrinkles as well as acne treatments for adolescents”.  The products are being sold illegally in the U.S. and mostly found in shops that cater to the Latino, Asian, African or Middle Eastern communities.

Even though some of these products are marketed as cosmetics, they may be unapproved drugs.  Ingredients to be on the lookout for are: mercurous chloride, calomel, mercuric or mercurio.  These ingredients can pass the placental barrier and cause harm to the fetus or infant.  Be overly cautious of product labels that are missing or not in English.  Products manufactured in the countries listed above are not a part of the International Nomenclature of Ingredients (INCI).  Countries who are members of INCI use the same chemical terms for all ingredients used in products so they are recognized worldwide.  Also beware of products you purchase via apps, Craig’s List or eBay.

To read more in this topic, click on the following link:

Utroske, D. (2016). Cosmetic Design USA, “FDA links imported skin care and anti-aging products to mercury poisoning”. Retrieved August 1, 2016, from: http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Product-Categories/Skin-Care/FDA-links-imported-skin-care-and-anti-aging-products-to-mercury-poisoning/?utm_source=newsletter_product&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=01-Aug-2016&c=KyHiBf2DbZgqCEnmSCEpk1RZETne1Mox&p2=

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