The authority said that some of these products had mercury levels exceeding the permissible limit by more than 27,000 times.

Other potent ingredients found include hydroquinone and tretinoin, which can lead to serious adverse reactions.

The list of products includes night creams, anti-acne treatments, whitening creams, and facial toners.

Mercury is a metal that is poisonous to humans in any form. Poisoning can occur through ingestion, injection, and absorption through the skin. People have used it for centuries in different medications and consumer products. One common product containing mercury is skincare. Anti-aging, blemish correcting, and skin lightening or whitening products are the most likely to have it, especially in unsafe doses. Using skincare with mercury is not only dangerous for you, but also for anyone who may touch your skin or be close enough to breathe any fumes. You can avoid mercury in skincare by identifying it in products and taking additional precautions.

How is mercury hazardous in products? “If it’s absorbed, [it] can even cause mercury poisoning with toxicity to the kidneys and nervous system.”

Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that the primary adverse effect of that in skin-care products is kidney damage. And, in addition to what Zeichner noted, it can also cause anxiety, depression, and even psychosis. Long-term use of cosmetics can cause damage to the eyes, lungs, digestive, nervous and immune systems. So yeah, it can be pretty toxic stuff.

Exposure could come from your environment as well

“We know that inhaling its vapor can be harmful to your health, “We don’t know what effect mercury-containing creams have on the air, so that is even more of a reason to avoid these products.”

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