Mercury in skin-lightening creams

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 26, 2011 - 8:55 AM

Minnesota health officials warned consumers to stop using the products, which are extremely dangerous.

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paulhansen1May. 25, 1112:29 PM

Thanks for the heads up on this one....YUCK!

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fatlibMay. 25, 1112:42 PM

How sad that these skin lightening creams even have a demand for them.

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alaskanredMay. 25, 1112:56 PM

I'm not shocked. These dangerous chemical from hair product to this all with the same mind warping goal. Sad, but too many generations have been sucked into this to stop.

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pbmcwattMay. 25, 1112:57 PM

Why would anyone satisfied with their ethnicity use a product to make themselves appear less ethnic?

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sschmitz714May. 25, 11 1:00 PM

Maybe they should change the name from Fasco to Fiasco?? ;)

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beaglemomMay. 25, 11 1:08 PM

So white people have been exposing themselves to cancer risks from either natural or artificial means in an attempt to get darker skin. Various ethinic groups are exposing themselves to harm in an attempt to get lighter skin. The most tragic part of the story is the concern about harm to infants and children...can't you let your kid develop their own self esteem problem before you start to make them be something they are not?

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alaskanredMay. 25, 11 1:12 PM

"Why would anyone satisfied with their ethnicity use a product to make themselves appear less ethnic?" pbmcwatt May. 25, 11 12:57 PM******* The reality is that they aren't satisfied and many have been taught to hate their ethnic looks. This is apart of a long history in this country that has been and will continue to be pushed to the back of our collective psyche.

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shadow750May. 25, 11 1:30 PM

Geez - why does everything have to become an argument about race, ethnicity? Skin Lightening Creams can be prescribed to people with pigmentation/blotchy skin. Often times, this occurs due to hormones (pregnancy mask, menopause) or sun damage (liver spots, sun spots). These products play an important role in correcting what can sometimes be serious skin concerns. Guess what -- white folks use Skin Lightening Creams too!

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sschmitz714May. 25, 11 1:32 PM

As people age some of them get "age spots" or "liver spots" and use these creams, too

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dancemonkeyMay. 25, 11 1:36 PM

How many government agencies does it take to start to PROACTIVELY testing products for mercury, lead, BPA, phthalates, organofluorine compounds and other major toxins? The EPA needs to take over this critical function because it's clear that the FDA wants companies to just police themselves, which is an Alan Greenspan-like concept that I hoped might die with the near total collapse of the financial market. Companies do NOT police themselves. They minimize costs. That's what they do. That's ALL they do. You might as well ask companies to think about handing out free bags of cash. As the toxic load of Americans continues to rise, so do health care costs.

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