At least 10 whitening creams sold in market may be harmful to health after they were found with excessive amount of mercury, an ecological group said Saturday.
EcoWaste Coalition said chronic exposure to mercury via such cosmetics may result not only in blotchy skin, but also kidney damage and impaired renal function. It could also cause serious diseases like cancers that could take some time to discover.
The group said it found the high levels of mercury in products it bought from Caloocan, Makati, Manila, Marikina, Parañaque, Pasay and Quezon Cities from June 10 to 12, and screened with a portable X-Ray Fluorescence analyzer.
EcoWaste said most of the products are made in China and should be avoided right away.
The identified the 10 skin whitening creams are:
- BG Sea Pearl & Papaya 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Sun Block Cream with 50,500 ppm mercury
- Yudantang Ginseng and Green Cucumber 10 Days Whitening Speckles Removed Essence with 40,100 ppm mercury
- Golden Pearl Beauty Cream with 9,961 ppm mercury
- S’zitang 10-Day Whitening & Spot Day Night Set with 3,293 ppm mercury
- Bai Li Tou Hong with 3,244 ppm mercury
- Mifton with 2,780 ppm mercury
- Sara Glutathione Sheep Placenta Whitening & Anti-Spot with 2,259 ppm mercury
- Jiaoli 7-Day Specific Eliminating Freckle AB Set with 2,208 ppm mercury
- JJJ Magic Spots Removing Cream with 1,660 ppm mercury
- Sanli Eliminating Freckle Cream with 1,498 ppm mercury
The group said the products exceeded the allowable limit of one part per million (ppm) for mercury in cosmetics under the ASEAN Cosmetics Directive. EcoWaste is also evaluating other similar products and the result will be released soon.
“These toxic creams, which are often religiously applied at night and in the morning, may lead to mercury accumulation in the body causing not only dermal, but also renal and central nervous system toxicity,” said campaigner Aileen Lucero.
Also, the group noted the 10 products do not have market authorization from the Food and Drugs Administration. Some of these products are also offered only in direct selling or MLM as “dummy products” without real useful value.
It urged consumers, especially women to stop using these products and to consult licensed dermatologists or other health-care professionals for advice.
Source: GMA News