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Lightening Creams Contain Mercury

Another Reason to Avoid Lightening Creams

In the Renaissance and onward well into the 19th century, women used lead-based makeup to keep their skin fair and youthful looking. Sadly, lead poisoning was common. While most of us assume our beauty products have evolved since then, that's not always the case. There've been plenty of studies showing evidence of lead still present in lipstick, and now a Chicago Tribune investigation found mercury in six of the 50 lightening creams it tested. The levels were high enough, in fact, to cause kidney damage, even though using mercury in cosmetics has long been illegal in the US. On top of that, mercury is easily absorbed through the skin, making it particularly dangerous when used in cosmetics. I'm not a big fan of lightening creams in general, because I think the skin you were born with is beautiful as it is. I do understand, though, that some people use creams to even skin tone or get rid of hyperpigmentation, age spots, and sometimes freckles. However, there are also plenty of other options available — like kojic acid and alpha hydroxy acid, for example. According to the article, lightening product sales are projected to reach $76 million annually by 2015, so it's obvious they're here to stay. What are your thoughts? Do you use lightening products, and if so, how closely do you check the label?

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kittyhawk78 kittyhawk78 7 years
This really is a problem especially in my country where there are almost no regulations on products. What's more, demand dictates the availability of products in stores. Say I want SPF protection in my body lotion, I can go to 3 different drugstores (or cosmetic departments) and the only products they have are body lotions that have whitening properties. Here in the Philippines, a LOT of people are obsessed with becoming lighter-skinned. I'm not into it, but because of the market's buying behavior, I'm forced to buy them.
addictedreader addictedreader 7 years
And nothing about where to find the brands that contained mercury or were safe???
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
To Renee3, just get a lightener or brightener that is hydroquinine-free and free from steroids (Which thins the skin, it is not a good thing at all). Like BeautyAddict13 mention, there is Aveeno, there is stuff from DDF that is hydroquinine-free, stuff from Peter Thomas Roth, one from Clinique, Estee Lauder, etc. As for me I have tried to use the stuff that is hydroquinine-free but I noticed that kojic acid does not agree with my skin and soy sterols actually makes my skin worse so I just let nature take its course and use plenty of sunscreen. I might look into products that contains salicylic acid or lactic acid.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
what lighteners are safe? I wanted to try something out to even out my skin tone. Are there any reliable reviews?
beautyaddict13 beautyaddict13 7 years
I use aveeno positively radiant spf lotion. Would this count as a lightening cream because it says it lightens and brightens with soy
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