Laced skin lightening cream puts a woman into a coma.
She had been buying skin lightening face cream through a friend of a friend for 12 years. She now lies semi-comatose in a hospital. It could happen again. According to the news.
As a result, more than 60 poisonings in California
In other words, mercury removes skin pigmentation, Shamasunder said, the side effects are toxic.
Pond’s, owned by the international consumer products giant Unilever, said it doesn’t use mercury in its products. It encourages consumers to buy their products only from authorized retailers to avoid tampering.
The company said it is working with authorities to investigate the Sacramento woman’s case.
“The FDA has extremely poor oversight over our beauty products,” she said.
“The burden of proof is on the consumer to get sick first.” The FDA declined to comment on the record for this story.
Often, poisoning victims get their spiked products from people they trust, Woodruff said. In the Sacramento woman’s case, the contaminated face cream contained a methylmercury concentration of over 12,000 ppm.
The level of methylmercury in her blood was 2,630 micrograms per liter, according to Sacramento County Public Health.
“Skin creams containing banned ingredients are very dangerous and could seriously damage your health, scar you for life and even kill you, so they should be avoided at all costs,”
Federal response: That would make it easier to screen shipments that have a higher risk of being poisonous, Benesh said.
For example, in California, state public health officials are developing a campaign to educate people, including shopkeepers and consumers. “Right now, the FDA is flying blind,” she said.
She has visited 60 homes to hand out brochures and help residents identify poisonous products.
“Consumers should always check the ingredients of their skin creams, be suspicious of very low prices which are likely to indicate the lotion is fake and potentially harmful, and never use a product containing hydroquinone. If the product doesn’t display the ingredients at all, then don’t use it.”
Skin-lightening products are typically targeted at consumers especially those who are black or from ethnic minorities.
“Well, the buyer buys the product, and they don’t know what’s inside,” she said.