THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2022 (HealthDay Information) — Pores and skin lightening merchandise may be harmful for customers after they comprise dangerous substances which might be unlawful for over-the-counter gross sales, the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.
The possibly dangerous substances are hydroquinone or mercury, the company mentioned in a information launch.
Individuals who have used merchandise with hydroquinone have suffered unwanted side effects that included rashes, facial swelling, and everlasting pores and skin discoloration, the FDA warned. In the meantime, mercury is extremely poisonous and might injury the nervous, digestive and immune programs, in addition to the lungs, kidneys, pores and skin and eyes.
Pores and skin lightening merchandise are marketed as therapies for uneven pores and skin tone, zits, age spots, freckles and wrinkles. Firms could describe pores and skin lightening merchandise as pores and skin bleaching, fading, night, brightening or whitening merchandise. The merchandise are sometimes bought as lotions, lotions, soaps or powders in retailers that cater to Hispanic/Latino, Asian, African or Center Japanese communities, the FDA mentioned.
These merchandise restrict the pores and skin’s manufacturing of melanin, answerable for pores and skin, hair and eye coloration. However hydroquinone and mercury can construct up within the physique over time.
“Pores and skin lightening merchandise containing hydroquinone aren’t permitted for over-the-counter sale,” the FDA mentioned. “Nevertheless, you will get a prescription pores and skin product containing hydroquinone out of your well being care supplier. Using mercury in pores and skin lightening merchandise is banned.”
Shoppers ought to verify product labels and keep away from these containing hydroquinone or mercury. Mercury could also be listed as mercurous chloride, calomel, mercuric, mercurio or Hg. Unlawful merchandise could also be inaccurately labeled. Keep away from merchandise with handmade labels, labels in languages apart from English, or no label in any respect, the FDA mentioned.
Report any dangerous response from a pores and skin product to your well being care supplier and to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.
The World Well being Group has extra on mercury in pores and skin merchandise.
SOURCE: U.S. Meals and Drug Administration, information launch, Aug. 30, 2022