NYC Health Department Issues Warning About 10 Skin-Lightening Creams

April 06, 2018 - 3:35 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  The NYC Health Department is warning New Yorkers about 10 skin-lightening creams from Pakistan and two medicated soaps from Spain that contain elevated levels of mercury.

These products can contain up to 14,000 times the allowable limit for mercury in cosmetics, according to the Health Department.

Exposure to mercury can cause serious and life-threatening health problems, including damage to the nervous system and kidneys. In pregnant women, mercury poisoning can also affect the fetus and increase the risk of miscarriage. The Health Department sent an alert to health care providers in New York City to advise patients against using such products.

The Health Department recommends that New Yorkers immediately stop using all skin-lightening creams and medicated soaps that list mercury as an ingredient. However, mercury may not always be listed as an ingredient on the label, so people should speak with their doctors if they are using non-prescription products to lighten their skin or for skin disorders. 

The Health Department is working with New York City businesses to remove the following products from their shelves:

Due Beauty Cream made by Kreative Cosmetics (Pvt) Ltd.

Sandal Whitening Beauty Cream made by MMC Cosmetics, Pakistan.

Chandni Whitening Cream made by SJ Enterprises, Pakistan.

Golden Pearl Beauty Cream made by Golden Pearl Cosmetics.

Face Fresh Beauty Cream made by Shaheen Cosmetics, Pakistan.

Faiza No. 1 Beauty Cream made by A.M. Cosmetics (Pak), Pakistan.

Faiza Beauty Cream made by Poonia Brothers (Pak), Pakistan.

Seven Herbal Ubtan Cream made by C.P.H.L.

Stillman’s Freckle Cream and Stillman’s Skin Bleach Cream made in Pakistan under license from the Stillman Company, Inc., USA.

Niuma Medicated Antiseptic Soap made by Niuma Belleza, Spain.

Niuma Lemon Medicated Germicidal Soap made by Niuma Belleza, Spain.

The New York City Health Code prohibits the sale of toxic personal products.