Yes there’s Mercury in some skin care products
For a long time we’ve been writing about the dangers of some chemical ingredients found in so many modern skin care products of other personal products, though not all. Today, however, it’s Mercury, which was not focused on before.
As most people will be aware Mercury is a poison, or least it is when it gets into your system. It can damage your brain and damage your health in a range of other quite nasty ways such as impairment of the vision or the hearing, shaking and worse.
Serious health problems can become evident even after relatively minor exposure to Mercury.
We’ve been alerted by a recent article on CNN Health that we should now be considering the risks of the inclusion of Mercury in skin care products and anti aging products (along with so many other chemical ingredients.)
The article points out that the products which are using Mercury as one of their ingredients are generally made overseas, and are commonly purchased online, though some were available in the stores in the US.
Often they are products like skin whitening creams or other products designed to remove such facial blemishes as age spots or freckles. (For a quality SAFE skin whitening cream click here).
However Mercury has also been found in products which are designed to help reduce wrinkles.
Unfortunately, as we have pointed out before, personal products such as skin care products, cosmetics, soaps, shampoos are much more, do not need to be tested for safety by any government authority before they are sold. In other words it is perfectly possible for the manufacturer to include ingredients in the products which are known to be dangerous to your health.
And they do, as we have pointed out often on this website.
The bad news is that a wide range of skin care products and anti aging products and other products can actually be harmful to your health, as a result of this fact. There is no effective regulation of the ingredients that are used in these products, and as a result there is a range of chemical ingredients, many of which are known to be toxic to people, found in many of these products.
(Fortunately not all however, there are excellent natural skin care products available which do not use toxic chemical ingredients).
Some of the more serious examples are skin whitening products which contain hydroquinone, and you should read our article about dangerous skin whitening products if you’re looking to find a quality product that whitens your skin without risking your health.
According to Gary Coody, a national health fraud coordinator in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, it’s been found that personal products containing mercury have been sold in 7 states in the US.
If you’re buying any personal product it always pays to know what the ingredients are first. If buying online you should be able to see a list of ingredients for any product, if you can’t don’t buy. If you’re buying in the store then examine the label.
Unfortunately however not all products list all ingredients on the label, and mercury can also be labelled under different names.
We have spoken before about how to determine the risks involved in any particular chemical ingredient. However it’s worth repeating that if you are concerned about any ingredient found in any product you can find out more information by consulting the Cosmetic Safety Database where you can search both product names as well as the names of ingredients to ascertain whether or not they pose any risk to your health.
And if this is the first time you’ve come across this sort of information we also strongly suggest that you consult the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and spend some time on their website educating yourself more about the risks of chemical ingredients on skin care products and other personal products.
Written by - Natural Skin Health