Mercury Poisoning Connected to Skin Products
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning for consumers to refrain from using lotions, skin creams, and antiseptic soaps that may contain mercury.
According to the FDA, many products that are marketed as anti-aging treatments and skin lighteners that remove freckles, age spots, wrinkles, and blemishes are made abroad and sold in the U.S. illegally. The agency says that exposure to mercury can lead to serious adverse effects for users, such as damage to the nervous system and kidneys and interfering with brain development of fetuses and young children.
The FDA also says that children can get mercury in their system from breathing in vapors from a family member who is using a skin cream that contains the toxic metal.
Side effects of mercury poisoning include changes in hearing or vision, irritability, tremors, memory problems, depression and numbness in hands, feet, or around the mouth.