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Dangers of Skin Lightening Creams

Skin lightening creams, lotions and soaps are designed to give users that 'fair' complexion but not everyone knows about their side effects or dangers. Many of them are banned products and should not to be used because of their hazardous chemical content.

Here are some of the brands of products banned due to their content of Hydroquinone or Mercury: Jaribu, Mekako, Amira, Tura, Yesako, Rico, Madonna, Mrembo, Shirley, Kiss, Uno21, Princess, Zarina, Envi, Viva, Ambi, Lolane, Nadinola, Glotone, Nindola, Claire,...

FDA Proposes Hydroquinone Ban

According to the FDA, approximately 65 companies sell over 200 different types of skin-lightening products containing hydroquinone in the U.S. Currently, products that contain up to 2 percent hydroquinone may be sold in the U.S. without a prescription, and prescription skin-lightening products may contain up to 4 percent hydroquinone. Examples of prescription products containing hydroquinone are Lustra, Tri-Luma, and EpiQuin Micro...

New York City Warns: Some Skin Creams Are Poisonous

The use of a “skin-lightening” cream recently poisoned a New York City resident, prompting the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) to issue a public warning about the product to consumers and merchants...

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Over the years mercury and hydroquinone were the main ingredients used to lighten skin. They were later banned when it was discovered that they can cause damage to body organs and can be very fatal... continue reading

Mercury In Skin Whitening Cream - A Dangerous Ingredient

You must have read or heard about banned skin whitening cream products and you wonder why. This is because these products contain ingredients that have been found to be very harmful to human health. Among these ingredients are mercury, hydroquinone and steroids. In this article, I have tried to divulge more on mercury in terms of its composition structure, side effects and availability as skin whitener.

Mercury In Skin Whitening Creams - A Little History

To understand what mercury is first, you must know how it came to be used in skin whitening cream products. Its history dates back to the early 1900s. They were used in bleaching soaps and creams during those days. Even before early 70s, mercury was already popularly used as a skin lightener. Most creams containing mercury were mainly targeting the black generation in the United States.

During this period, several scientists came up claiming that mercury was harmful to human health. After several conclusive studies, some countries such as the EU banned mercury in cosmetic products. In 1990, the US also followed suite.

Mercury And Its Absorption In The Skin

Mercury can be absorbed by the skin in various ways including ingestion, inhalation and direct contact. Mercury is very poisonous and its side effects are quite cumulative with a build up over time. After absorption, traces of mercury can be found in the blood, saliva, milk, sweat and in urine. In fact mercury can penetrate most parts of internal organs. Several discoveries have been made in the brain, liver, lungs, bones and tissues after death.  

Mercury And Its Effects On The Skin

When it was earlier discovered, mercury was one of the best skin lighteners. Mercury has the ability to make darks spots on the skin lighter as well as getting rid of hyper-pigmentation on the skin. For some people discontinued use of mercury skin whitening cream products returns the original pigmentation.

Mercury is a metal and can cause serious health complications if taken for long periods.  Some of the symptoms of mercury poisoning include memory loss or forgetfulness, headache, emotional instability, fatigue, inflammation of gums and mouth. In most cases if not discontinued it leads to kidney damage and many other problems.

In case of direct skin contact it can lead to inflammation and irritation of the skin and appearance of red looking pumps packed together. When they burst, these bumps discharge pus and form ugly looking crusts which can be very sore.

In Summary

Most skin whitening cream products in the market today contain great amounts of mercury. Most of these products are banned in many countries yet they are still being highly produced. Many of those who use these products buy them blindly. In fact most of them are not even aware that they pose any harm to their bodies.

It’s good to look up information in skin whitening cream products on the internet before purchasing.  Most government websites have listed down skin whitening creams that are banned. Most skin whitening cream products are mostly white or yellow. Most of them do not list mercury as their major ingredients, but you might find calomel listed a type of mercury.

My Personal Experience on Skin Whitening Creams

In a bid to lighten the dark spots on my face I have tried Meladerm, Revitol and Dermology.

If you want instant results Meladerm is the answer. Revitol is definitely the most cost effective skin lightening cream but results can be seen after about 4 weeks. And Dermolgy could be your next choice.

Meladerm is very effective in removing the skin discoloration and dark spots in just about a couple of weeks. If Meladerm is combined with exfoliating agents it shows result in 2 weeks.

However, you will need to dedicate time and patience to the process of diminishing the spots. And the results might vary a bit according to the skin physiology of the individual and specific conditions.

Where to Buy Meladerm?

Meladerm is not available in stores, so there is no point rushing to your nearby chemist store.

Meladerm can be ordered from the official Civant Skin Care website www.civantskincare.com. This can ensure the genuine product is purchased and there are several bonuses that come with it. A bottle of 1.7 oz Meladerm cream is priced at $49.99 and a bottle of 3.4 oz cream is priced at $79.99.   

Meladerm comes with a 30 days money back guarantee. For first time customers, the company will issue a full refund, less shipping, on returned products (used or unused). To process a refund, you must contact the company for an authorization (RMA) number before you send back the product.

More information can be found on the company website www.civantskincare.com.