Mercury is a dangerous skin lightening ingredient

Some skin lightening ingredients work extremely well in the short-term, but are dangerous to our well-being and the long-term health of our skin. Mercury is one of them.

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History of mercury use in skin lightening creams

The use of mercury in commercial skin bleaching creams and soaps goes back to the early 1900s. Before 1970, commercial bleaching creams would normally use ammoniated mercury to produce a lightening effect on the skin.  These bleaching creams were aggressively marketed to black people in the US.

In 1976, the use of mercury in cosmetic products was banned in the EU. The US banned the use of mercury in skin bleaching creams much later in 1990.

Mercury absorption into the body via the skin

Mercury and mercurial compounds can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of the vapors, ingestion, or skin contact. As a poison, the damaging effects of mercury are subtle and cumulative, building up over time.

When absorbed, mercury has been discovered in blood, urine, bile, sweat, saliva, milk, and in pus on the surface of ulcers. It has also been discovered in the solids after death, in the brain, the bones, the cellular tissue, in serous membranes, in the parts close to the joints, and in the lungs and liver.

Mercury’s effects on the skin and overall health (symptoms of mercury poisoning / excessive mercury)

Mercury can be extremely effective in lightening dark spots and stubborn pigmentation but has a high spontaneous remission rate (in a number of people, the original pigmentation returns once the treatment is stopped).

The symptoms of mercury poisoning include emotional disturbances, unsteadiness, inflammation of the mouth and gums, general fatigue, memory loss, forgetfulness and headaches. There can also be behavioural and personality changes such as irritability, low self-confidence, depression, unusual shyness and timidity (including fear and discomfort during normal social situations).  

Excess mercury in the system has also been known to cause kidney problems (membranous nephropathy), tremors and muscle spasms.

Skin contact with mercury compounds can lead to irritation, including patches of inflammation and the appearance of tiny bumps close together. These bumps may burst and discharge matter, which later crusts over leading to soreness and discomfort.

Essential Reading: What to do if you’ve been poisoned by mercury

Skin lightening products with dangerous levels of mercury

While the use of mercury in skin lightening creams have been banned for some time now, they are still produced and sold in lightly-regulated markets. Below is a list of known skin lightening creams that contain dangerous levels of mercury (more than 1 ppm or one part per million).

The list of creams, lotions and soaps below are just the ones I’ve found, so it’s not an inclusive list.

I update this list regularly. If you know of a cream, lotion or soap that has tested positive for mercury, let me know in the comments section below.

List of creams, lotions and soaps reported to contain mercury (updated regularly with newest additions at the top)

      • Night Glowing (link to article)
      • Glowing Speed Gold Day Cream and Glowing Speed Gold Night Cream
      • Nour Ain Night Cream
      • Royal Expert Whitening Cream
      • Royal Expert Whitening Cream (link to article with photo)
      • Maxi Claire (this entry and the following up to “Elegance Soap” are listed as containing mercury in the Uganda government’s pre-export standards data sheet on page 8)
      • Shiny Beauty cream
      • Top Claire Plus
      • Tamarin
      • Charms
      • Caro derm
      • Skin Light
      • Carro 7
      • L’abidjainaise
      • Rapid Clair
      • Beauty Lotion Shinny
      • Djarabi
      • Yes To / Yes To lotion
      • Bio 21 Jours
      • Bio liss
      • Caro Top lotion
      • New Shirley Medicated
      • Top lemon
      • Pimplex Medicated
      • Top Claire Plus
      • Uniderm Soap
      • Djarabi Soap
      • Jaribu Soap
      • Skin Light Soap
      • Super Family Soap
      • Binti Jambo Soap
      • Baby and Maman Soap
      • Movate Soap
      • Amira Soap
      • La Bamakoise Savon Tamarin Soap
      • Miki Soap
      • Mekako Soap
      • Rico Soap
      • Tura Soap
      • Jaribu Soap
      • Acura Soap
      • Fair Lady Soap
      • Elegance Soap
      • Mireya and Nene Gardoqui (potentially linked to mercury poisoning in a child)
      • Jiachuntang Ban Gan Jing Qu Ban Shuang (link to article with photos)
      • Lan Mei Rou 12-Day Whitening and Speckle Removing Suit
      • Yangqian Fashion Care Skin Strong Whitening & Spot Removing Package
      • Crema Piel De Seda (Silky Skin Cream) by Viansilk (link to FDA warning)
      • Qu Puteh Whitening Pro 9 or Qu Puteh Kosmetik Whitening Pro 9 cream (link to article with photos)
      • Qu Puteh Whitening UV Block or Qu Puteh Kosmetik Whitening UV Block
      • Meiyong Super Whitening (link to article with photos)
      • Yunxi New skin whitening 4 in 1 Suit (link to press release)
        • Yunxi New skin whitening Pearl Cream (9,200 mg/kg of mercury detected)
        • Yunxi New skin whitening Night Cream (16,000 mg/kg of mercury detected)
      • Collagen Night Cream  (link to article)
      • Xuefujiaolan Herbal Whitening and Embellish Classic Set (link to article)
      • Mifton 7 Days Beauty  Freckle Whitening Repair Set  (link to article)
      • BG Sea Pearl and Papaya Natural Essence 6 days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Sun Block Cream (link to article)
      • BG Ginseng and Ganoderma Lucidum 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Sun Block Cream
      • Yinni Green Tea Quickacting Whitener and Speckle Remover Package
      • Yin Ni Whitener Repair Cream (link to article)
      • Santen cosmetic cream (link to article)
      • LiLiki Whitening Day Cream / Cream 911  (link to article)
      • Erna Whitening Cream (link to article)
      • Aroma Magic Fairy Lotion (link to article)
      • Olay Natural White (made by Procter and Gamble India, link to article)
      • Ponds White Beauty (made by Hindustan Unilever, link to article)
      • Monsepa Bleaching Express Peeling (link to article)
      • Top Shirley Nourishing Cream (link to article)
      • LMSER Cream
      • Angela Placenta Whitening Cream (Tender Skin & Whitening)
      • Youngrace Age Defying Essence (link to article)
      • Angel Placenta Whitening Cream (link to article)
      • Sanli Eliminating Freckle Cream
      • Sanli Eliminating Freckle Cream Plus Complex Vitamin C & E
      • LMSER Whitening Cream
      • Care Skin Strong Whitening and Spot Removing pack
      • Huayuenong 12 Days Whitening and Speckle Removing set
      • White Advance Hydroxytyrosol L-Glutathione Whitening and Antiaging Cream
      • Zhjren 7-Day beauty elegant moisturizing and whitening day cream
      • Zhjren Whitening Ruddy Combination Suit
      • White Magnolia Intensive Repair Essence Powerful Spot Remover
      • Roopamrit (link to article)
      • Seven Herbal Ubtan (link to UK product recalls + alternative pdf download, OAS alert with pictureslink to article)
      • Melati UV – Whitening Vit. E Cream (link to article with photos)
      • Esther Bleaching Cream (A) and (B) (link to article with photos)
      • Gakadi freckle removing cream
      • Natural Orange Whitening and Anti-Aging Package
      • Hengxueqian Whitening Set
      • Cellnex Anti-Sensitive Essence Treatment (contains betamethasone and mercury; link to article)
      • SF Beauty Night Cream (Facial) and SF Beauty Day Cream (Facial) (contains betamethasone and mercury)
      • Wiana Whitening Beauty Cream (source for this and the next 11 creams: Buckinghamshire County Council — opens a pdf with photos of the creams and their mercury levels / alternate link)
      • Pai Mei whitening spot cream (30,167 ppm of mercury! link to article 1 / 2)
      • Caike Red Ginseng (link to article)
      • Goree Whitening Cream (contains 9,870mg/kg of a mercury compound; link to RAPEX notification)
      • Faiza Beauty Cream / Faiza No 1 Beauty Cream
      • Golden Pearl Beauty Cream (4,750 mg/kg of mercury; link to RAPEX notification)
      • Face Fresh Beauty Cream (4,620 mg/kg mg/kg of mercury; link to RAPEX notification)
      • Fresh Look Ultra Whitening Fairness Cream (3,500mg/kg mg/kg of mercury;  link to RAPEX notification)
      • Raj Beauty Cream (470 mg/kg of mercury;  link to RAPEX notification)
      • Seven Herbal Ubtan (620 mg/kg of mercury; link to RAPEX notification)
      • Formula AA Arched Pearl Crème
      • Fair and Lovely Forever Glow / Fair and Lovely Anti Marks Cream
      • Gipsey Amazing Cream
      • Olivia Crème for Unwanted Hair
      • Seven Herbal Wrinkle de Crease
      • Brite Face Cream (link to article)
      • Due Whitening Cream
      • Wiana Whitening Cream
      • Feique Whitening Anti-Freckle Cream (link to article)
      • Feique Golden Aloe Whitening Anti-Scar, Anti-Freckle Set
      • Feique Green Tea Vital Whitening Freckle Removing Cream
      • Bai Li Tou Hong (has 46,700 ppm of mercury!)
      • Maidaifu Herbal Moisturizing and Whitening Cream (60,800 ppm of mercury!)
      • Yu Dan Tang Green Cucumber and Ginseng 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Set
      • Loreial Paris Anti-Freckle Cream
      • Yu Dan Tang / Yudantang Ginseng and Ganoderma Lucidum 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Sun Block Cream
      • Yu Dan Tang / Yudantang Ginseng and Green Cucumber 10 Days Whitening Speckles Removed Essence
      • Yu Dan Tang / Yudantang 10 Specific Eliminating Freckle Spot  and Double Whitening Sun Block Cream
      • Yu Dan Tang / Yudantang Aloe Pearl 10-Day Whitening Speckles Removed Essence Cream
      • Yu Dan Tang / Yudantang 10 Days Sheep Essence & Ginseng
      • Aichun Beauty Green Tea Whitening Speckle Removing Series (3-in-1)
      • Aichun Beauty Strongly Whitening Freckle Series (3-in-1)
      • Aichun Beauty Pawpaw Whitening and Freckle Remover Series (3-in-1)
      • Aichun Beauty Aloe Vera Whitening and Speckle Removing Series
      • Yuchun Hanfang (link to article)
      • Tongrentang Yisheng Whitening and Freckle Removal Cream (link to article)
      • Hua Ma ABC – Hua Ma Day Cream and Hua Ma Night Cream (link to article)
      • Jiaoli (link with more information and pictures and 2007 FDA import alert on Jiaoli from www.PetitpriZes.com)
        • Other names
          • Jiaoli 7-Day Specific Eliminating Freckle AB Set Cream
          • Jiaoli Miraculous Cream
          • Jiao Li 10-Days Eliminating Freckle Day & Night Set
          • Jiaoli Huichunsu Whitening Speckles Removal Cream
          • Jiaoli Huichunsu Special Cut Genuine Cream
          • Xin Jiao Li 7-Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Cream
          • Jiaoli Rejuvenation Essence 10 days speckle removing
          • Jiaoli Speckle Dispelling and Whitening Cream
          • Jiaoli Huichunsu Specific Eliminating Freckle Cream
          • Jiaoli Herbs Essence Whitening AB Set
        • Similar products with possibly different packaging (appears to be from the same company, Harbin Gelidai Jiaobao Cosmetics)
          • Jiao Liang Miraculous Cream
          • Xin Jiao Liang 7-Days Miracle Package for Spots Refining
          • Jiao Mei Miraculous Cream
          • Jiao Yan Specific Miraculous Cream
          • Jiao Li Extra Pearl Facial Cream
      • Mui Lee Hiang – Cream for Acne & Blemishes (link with picture)
      • Natural 99 yellow cream – day cream, Natural 99 white cream – night cream (link with pictures)
      • Rose Super White Whitening Essence (link with picture)
      • Whitening Sunblock Cream – Day Cream (link with picture)
      • EMEL SKIN CARE CO. No. 8 (link with picture)
      • Dermaline (link to 2009 FDA Import Alert for creams containing mercury)
      • Miss Key Whitening Cream / Crema Bianqueadora Miss Key (link to 2009 FDA Import Alert for creams containing mercury)
      • Santa Cream / Crema Santa (link to 2009 FDA Import Alert for creams containing mercury)
      • Mannig Beauty Cream / Manning Cream De Belleza
        • 8% mercury by weight
      • Bioactive Facial Enlightening Activator
      • Day and Night UV Expert
      • Jin Sheng Mei (link with picture)
      • Ginseng (Extra Pearl Cream)
      • Orrefor (Extra Pearl Cream)
      • Pally (Nourishing Cream)
      • Bivong
      • Butae (Pearl Cream)
      • Silvana cream
      • Ly-NA (Nourish face cream)
      • ALFA (Extra Pearl cream)
      • Yin Fong (Extra Pearl cream)
      • Diana Cream
      • Civic (Nourishing cream)
      • Ideal cream (listed as having contained mercury in this report by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute; page 53)
      • Melanax
      • Cing-Cing (Roon Petch)
      • Daifu (Herbal formula/pearl cream)
      • Cream Minerva
      • Stillmann’s Freckle Cream
      • Fasco Herbal Cream
      • TOP-GEL MCA Cream
      • Shabright Clear and Bright Skin Formula
      • LuLanJina (white and yellow cream)
      • Ling Ji Su (white and yellow cream)
      • St. Dalfour Cream
      • Miss Beauty Magic Cream
        • Has 28,600 ppm of mercury!
      • JJJ Magic Spots Removing Cream
      • Flower Woman 7-Day Whitening and Spot and Night Set Cream
      • Sara Glutathione Sheep Placenta Whitening and Anti-Spot Cream
      • Beauty Girl Natural Olive and Sheep Essence 10-Day Double Whitening Cream
        • Other products from the same company Yudantang International, Taiwan (also contains mercury)
          • Beauty Girl Papaya & Hawthorne Essence
          • Beauty Girl Ginseng & Green Cucumber
          • Beauty Girl Essence Aloe Pearl
          • Beauty Girl Double White SPF17AP Whitening Cream
          • Beauty Girl Egg White and Tomato 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Cream
      • Miss Beauty Excellent Therapy Whitening Cream (violet and old rose packaging)
      • Aichun Beauty Green Tea Whitening Speckle Removing Series Cream
      • Aichun Beauty Whitening Freckle Day and Night Cream
      • Shengli Day & Night Cream
      • Doctor Bai Skin Revitalizing Skin Brightening
      • Qiang Li Zeng Bai Qu Ban Wang whitening cream
      • S’zitang 7-Day Specific Whitening and Spot AB Set Cream
      • S’zitang Cream
      • S’zitang 10 Days Eliminating Freckle Day and Night Set
      • S’zitang 7 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle AB Set
      • Yoko Gentleman Cream for men
      • Jonathan clearing facial spots 12-day cream
      • Gemli Glutathione Hydrolyzed Collagen whitening & anti-aging
      • Gemli Glutathione Grapeseed Extract Whitening and Anti-Aging
      • Gemli Freckles Cream
      • Gemli Beauty Series Freckles Cream Plus Placenta Extract
      • Qian Mei – white cream and yellow cream
      • Cream Aghader
      • Savon pour L’acné Diana soap
      • Lemon Herbal Whiting Cream
        • 33,000 ppm of mercury!
      • Sensual Whitening Cream (link to article
      • Crema Aguamary face cream and eye cream
      • Crema Antiedad y Desmanchadora
        • Nearly identical to “Crema Aguamary” above. Has 130,000 times the FDA limit for mercury (link to article)
      • Long Dian Tu Glutathione Pearl Natural Whitening Essence Cream
      • Feique Rose Refining Nourishing Set Cream
      • Feique Herbal Extract Whitening Antifreckle Set
      • Lianglibai Qingbanxuejizuhetaozhuang Cream
      • Pretty Model Whitening and Freckle Removing Cream
      • Women of Flower Whitening and Speckle Removing AB Series Cream
      • Lamb Placenta Whitening and Anti-Aging Cream
      • Forever Beauty 10-Day Special Cream
      • New Baijiasi Whitening Night Cream
      • Medicam Bleach Cream  (38,800 mg/kg of mercurylink to RAPEX notification)

Published reports of mercury found in skin creams

Many government websites also contain lists of banned cosmetics and soaps that contain mercury. For example, The Kenya Bureau of Standards has a list of banned products containing mercury (see pdf). The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) also has a list of skin creams that exceeded the FDA limit for mercury upon testing.

In 2004, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene conducted an investigation and had the mercury content of several store-bought skin-lightening products analysed (see page 3 of this pdf for the product list and their mercury content).

In May 2010, the Chicago Tribune had 50 skin-lightening creams tested at a lab (most of the creams were bought in stores, a few were ordered online). Six were found to contain illegal amounts of mercury. You can check the Chicago Tribune’s findings in this detailed list containing the names of these creams and the levels of mercury they contained (download pdf).

In August 2011, Philippine watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition conducted a test of 12 brands of whitening creams. 11 tested positive for high levels of mercury (download pdf). Later in October 2011, the same group screened 25 brands and found that 19 contained 1,395 ppm to 52,100 ppm of mercury (none listed mercury as an ingredient).

In 2016, a study by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) analysed skin whitening creams for mercury content and investigated the health threats and use of such creams among consumers.

Appearance and packaging

Most skin lightening creams containing mercury are either white or yellow in color.

Unscrupulous manufacturers can also easily change their product names and packaging to evade the authorities. The packaging for skin whitening creams containing mercury would also usually not list mercury as one of its ingredients, although sometimes ‘calomel’ is listed (calomel is mercurous chloride, a type of mercury).

Unlabeled or homemade products are also suspect

In one case, skin lightening creams sold in white plastic jars with no labels were found to contain 5.6% or 56,000 ppm of mercury (2010/11 Health Alert from California’s Department of Public Health, with picture).

In another case, sellers of the banned St. Dalfour whitening cream not only stole an existing European jam company’s brand name St. Dalfour for themselves, but also reused the company’s jam jars! Perhaps most shockingly is that these startling facts aren’t enough to deter everyone.

Skin whitening forums are rife with sellers insisting they have the “real” St Dalfour whitening cream, as opposed to the “fake” ones. All without a trace of irony.

Aggressive behavior by online sellers of banned creams

Read these two comment threads (thread 1) (thread 2) for examples of a typical banned cream seller’s spiel. Be sure to read the entire threads as they’re excellent examples of the aggressive online tactics used by shady sellers of banned whitening creams.

Initial flattery, assurances, over-the-top promises, and finally, passive aggressiveness, feigned “hurt”, intimidation, mockery or insults when they don’t get their own way. This is their modus operandi.

Read this article for some advice on how to protect yourself.

Creams containing dangerous levels of mercury

Photos

Yunxi New skin whitening 4 in 1 Suit Creams Containing Mercury-Yunxi New skin whitening 4 in 1 Suit
Yin Ni Whitener Repair Cream Creams Containing Mercury-Yin Ni Whitener Repair Cream
Collagen Night Cream (Chinese name) Creams Containing Mercury-Collagen Night Cream
Jiaoli Day and Night Cream Creams Containing Mercury-Jiaoli day and night creamCreams Containing Mercury-Jiaoli day and night cream 2
Mui Lee Hiang – Cream for Acne & Blemishes Creams Containing Mercury-Mui Lee Hiang - Cream for Acne & Blemishes
  • Natural 99 yellow cream – Day cream
  • Natural 99 white cream – Night cream
Creams Containing Mercury-Natural 99 yellow cream - day and Natural 99 white cream - night cream
Rose Super White Whitening Essence Creams Containing Mercury-Rose Super White Whitening Essence
Whitening Sunblock Cream – Day Cream Creams Containing Mercury-Whitening Sunblock Cream (Day Cream)
EMEL SKIN CARE CO. No. 8 Creams Containing Mercury-EMEL SKIN CARE CO. No. 8
Jin Sheng Mei Creams Containing Mercury-JinShengMei
Stillmann’s Freckle cream creams containing mercury-Stillmann's Freckle cream
Fasco Herbal cream creams containing mercury-Fasco Herbal cream
TOP-GEL MCA

  • Top Gel MCA Medicated Cream
  • Top Gel MCA Extra Pearl Cream
  • Top Gel MCA Skin Creme
Shabright Clear and Bright Skin Formula
LuLanJina Anti Black Spot and Whitening Set (yellow + white cream)
St. Dalfour Cream

  • Packaging is repurposed jam jars! See the original jars that came from a separate and unrelated jam manufacturer.
  • FRAUD ALERT (2 Sept 2011). I’ve received fake comments from someone posing as different people (“Lars Darby“, supposed “CEO” of St Dalfour Whitening Cream + “Maria“, a commenter selling the “original” St Dalfour cream). The comments came from the same I.P address (click to view screenshot).
JJJ Magic Spots Removing Cream
Miss Beauty Magic Cream
Qian Mei – white cream and yellow cream
Crema Aguamary face cream and eye cream
Crema Antiedad y Desmanchadora
(nearly identical to Crema Aguamary above)
Brite Face Cream  
Due Whitening Cream  
Wiana Whitening Cream  
Monsepa Bleaching Express Peeling

More about mercury

Before mercury was discovered to be toxic, it was extensively prescribed as a medical treatment for various conditions such as jaundice, smallpox, syphilis, gonorrhea, venereal diseases and vitiligo.

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Ads for ‘Palmer’s Skin Success’, a skin bleaching cream. The ad boasts about the cream’s ammoniated mercury content. Published in Ebony Magazine in 1966. Click to enlarge.
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A Drum magazine advertisement from June 1963 for a cream that contained mercury.

 

Questions about the safety of specific creams in the comments section

Many have asked about the safety of specific creams in the comments section below – i.e. whether this or that cream is safe or if it contains mercury.

I’m quite unable to answer most of these queries since I’m not an independent testing agency, nor do I have the funds or backing to source for these creams and get them tested on my own at third-party labs.

If you look through the long list of banned products on this page, you’ll find that the information was largely gathered from various countries’ government agencies and customs departments. They are publicly available information. All I can do is try to put the scattered pieces in one place.

So there’s not much I can tell you about the safety of a specific cream if you’ve already done a Google search and came up with little to nothing reliable on it (although I think finding little good information is already an answer in and of itself — no matter what, you’ll be taking a risk with it).

If you have questions or are doubtful about the safety of any cream, I would advise that you err on the side of caution for the following reasons.

  • Long waits to identifying dangerous creams. There can be a long time lag between a cream with mercury first being sold and consumers being made aware that it is actually dangerous. Many creams that were found to contain mercury were only discovered to be harmful after many months (and sometimes years) of being sold.
  • Lax or non-existent government monitoring. Most creams that use banned substances like mercury are manufactured in markets where there is little or no reliable government monitoring and control. Sometimes there can also be the appearance of oversight, but no real protection. Low-wage public officials that are responsible for monitoring the use of banned substances in manufacturing can be easily paid off to sweep things under the rug. 
  • Most creams pass through borders without being tested. Many product warnings on creams with banned substances actually originate from other countries’ customs departments during the import/export process. However, even this system is plagued with holes since only a small percentage of products that enter a country are actually chemically tested.  So for importers/exporters, it’s really a game of numbers. It makes financial sense for them to continue shipping banned/harmful creams because they know that even if some will be seized, most will pass through trade borders undetected.
  • E-commerce has made it easy for anyone to package and sell creams without certification or licensing. Little-heard-of creams that are sold in small shops and markets may be made in homes, basements, garages, etc. It is very easy for anyone to mix, package, label and sell their own creams. Do a search on ebay or alibaba and you’ll find all the chemical ingredients and packaging needed for anyone to start selling their own “magic cream”, complete with shiny packaging and too-good-to-be-true promises. There are no guarantees with these creams except that the people selling them will make some money. All the risk is borne by the users who might end up with irreparable skin damage, be hospitalised, or worse.

Laws and systems do work to protect consumers to some extent, but they cannot guarantee 100% safety. 

Just look at how long the product list on this page has gotten over time. I’ve been adding products to the list month after month. This reflects our broken system.

So the best protection is really ourselves and our own good judgement.

Here are two good rules of thumb

  1. Use creams that are manufactured by large, reputable companies with a global presence. Do an online search before you buy. If you need more information, visit the company’s website. A good manufacturer will have a way for you send questions such as a working telephone number or email address.
  2. Only buy creams that are sold in reputable retail stores. Your best bet is large pharmacy and supermarket chains (e.g. Boots, Guardian, Watsons) as their retail buyers have to adhere to certain safety and quality standards. They also have a reputation to maintain.

And if you want to save some money, create your own skin lightening methods using natural ingredients such as turmeric, lemon juice and vinegar. They’ll cost pennies compared to expensive creams and you’ll know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.

584 Replies to “Mercury is a dangerous skin lightening ingredient”

  1. hey I have been using QL spots remover manufactured in china to remove dark spots on my face..does it cintain mercury.and does it have bad effects like bleaching my face?pliz help….

  2. hello.. pls help me .. iam started using goree whitening cream before 1 mnths ago.. is it have danger level of mercury ?? how many ppm of mercury it have?? but i have no prblm by using it .. my skin looking so fairer now.. plss rply mee plss plss pls

    1. even i am using the goree whitening cream since 1 and a half month and my skin looks fairer then before. i am also confused abt the level of mercury it has. it’s not mentioned on the box aswell nor google has the answer to it.!!! Pls do help us…!! Is it safe to use…!!!!

      1. Hi Nishant

        Unfortunately, if you have to question whether a cream has mercury or not, that should already tell you that something is wrong.

        Do read this section carefully for more info.

        From what I know, radical whitening that appears quickly cannot come from natural ways. So it’s likely that whatever cream you’ve used contains hydroquinone, steroids or mercury (or a combination of these).

        I wish you all the best and please take care of your health. It’s more important than you know.

        Hessa

      2. Does anyone in their professional capacity ever reply..i have been using it for nine.months skin was gorgeous..then pigmentation is bavk aggressively…my skin looks burnt…please reply

  3. I want to use the Goree whitening cream on my face made by Pakistan. but scared about its safety.How can I know about its effects and side effects?Please inform me dear admin.Thank u.

  4. I bought white gold anti marks cream on 16 April. 2nd day of use, was not sure if I was smelling petrol. Had to make sure. Sniffed again the cream, it definitely smells like PETROL. I thought it would have smelled like fruit. This is not safe for the skin.

  5. I have a cream which I purchased last year ‘Monaliza herbal cream’ could with no ingriediants listed on it .could u please help me to find out how I can get this cream tested . It helped my pigmentation quite quickly so makes me think might have some dodgy ingriediants init.

  6. Does o white has bleaching n mercury? Does anyone know abt this cream? Plz tell me.. and can u suggest a good fairness cream that will work?

  7. I’ve been using golden pearl cream for the last few months without realising how high the Mercury levels were.. I’ve also noticed my facial hair has developed all of a sudden .. I have chucked it and won’t be using it again however is the facial hair permanent or temporary?

    1. Its permanent and it will get worst by the time, i have experience and its been more than 8 years i left it. But the hair keeps on growning and now they are growing black and hard as a beard , dont use it

  8. Hai pls let me know does dermalmd skin lightning cream contain mercury?/any bleaching agents? Is it gud 4 long term usage? Pls let me knw as soon as possible?

      1. I never read any reply about Goree beauty cream..i need info, because my friend using it, but she got blackheads, shes worried about her face, im afraid because im the one who Goree dealer, please need.. Help,i just want to know if this product are safe thank you, God bless!

        1. I’m using it about almost a month, I got small pimples on my face and neck, maybe I will stop using it. I’m using soap and cream.

    1. Yes goree cream contain high level of mercury. Try to search it in google. Actually i bought goree cream as i saw the effect of my nieghbhor but when i searched in google i scared the mercury content is high. I want to stop using goree

  9. Hey! I want to know about the level of mercury in these two beauty products if you can test them and tell me the level of mercury and other mercuric elements or the harmful compounds that are being used in these products. and also tell me how much damage they can cause in long term use?
    the first product is “Magic Whiting milk lotion from milk essence whitening beauty series” and the second product is “Sandal whitening beauty cream Regd.copy right No.21095” kindly inform me about these products as soon as possible and i can provide you the pictures of these products if you are not able to find or recognize the exact products.

  10. Can anyone please tell me where I can buy Goree cream original. I have bought from few sellers which are all fake. Please please tell me where I can buy any original whitening cream

  11. How do I get rid of goree cream effects because I used goree last one and half year now I stopped last two months but I have acne pimples and my face also has gone very dark so now what can l do and get rid this side effects acne pimples and lighting skin please help me do some things now I ordered meladerm cream is this useful me please help me…….

  12. Hi there…
    I didnt found any usefull information about a product many people used to buy now around me …Qing Zihmie….is it really dangerous or not…
    some people have a questions but no answer

  13. am using goree day & night whitening cream since yesterday.is there any side effects?plz reply me.plzzz.i want a fair and glowing skin.plz help me

    1. hi are you still using goree cream? im using goree cream for 1 month already.. i just want to know what is the side effect of the goree. thanks

  14. I used BL cream before, i was 14, 2ndyr highschool, nakikigaya sa nanay ko, it was really good, blushy pink ang dating but . . hndi ako sure kung un ang dahilan ng pagkakaroon ko ng pimples all over my face,nung nag3rdyear ako, grabe,5yrs of suffering na ito. college na ko. at hndi na bumalik sa kinis ang mukha ko. BUT TO BE HONEST, I BOUGHT BL CREAM,KANINA LANG. HOPING PA DIN. YUN KASI NAKAPAWALA NG PIMPLES NG FRIEND KO. SHE STOPPED USING THE CREAM AT NANATILI PA RIN ANG PUTI AT KINIS NG MUKHA NYA. I THINK EFFECTIVE ITO BECAUSE OF, CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE, YAN ANG GAMOT KO SA ALLERGY AT MAY EFFECT SYA NA NAKAKAPUTI NG SKIN. PURE CLOBETASOL, PERO MEJO MAHAL PO.

  15. Halow.
    I’m from Indonesia and I have had buy a cream named
    – My Kana / Kana DNA Snail & Starfish
    – Egypt Perfect Radiance
    – Acne Gluta Foam Kana
    – My Kana Colla Melody

    Is there have a mercury in it?
    Or is it the cream for real can cure acne & whitening skin?

    Thank you for your respond.

      1. Hi Ms Hessa, are you saying that Goree Whitening cream being listed with mercury content is the same as the
        Goree Beauty cream and
        Goree Day and Night being sold now in the market? I’ve seen all those three products and are not the same in smell, texture and color. Pls answer to make clear of your answer that Goree cream is in the list.

        1. Hi Cali

          To repeat a recent reply –

          ——
          When mercury is detected in creams, it’s not as if the manufacturer “accidentally spilled some mercury into a batch”. That never happens. It is always, always a deliberate action.

          If I were you, I would ask myself if I would trust any products from a manufacturer who would knowingly and purposely do that for the sake of profit despite what mercury can do to people.
          ——

          As an aside, this site can only put out information that is already available. What anyone chooses to do with that information is up to them.

          There may not be full information on “Goree Beauty cream and Goree Day and Night” version now, and there may not be any until it’s much too late, but we already know that this manufacturer has purposely added mercury into their formulations before.

          If you still feel that you must use this particular cream no matter what, that is your prerogative. We all decide for ourselves the risks we’re willing to take as we are the ones who will live with the consequences.

          I apologise if this sounded harsh, but I would not even bother speaking my mind if I did not care.

          Best,

          Hessa

  16. Hi, I’m currently using Mother of Pearl does it have mercury in it? Full name is Mother of Pearl (Concha Nacar) by Grisi

  17. I wonder… What ‘s the common name for mercury contained in skincare? That’ s all.. I hope you can help me answered it..

    1. Skin whitening creams or skincare products containing mercury usually do not list mercury as an ingredient as this is akin to a manufacturer admitting their illegal use. Why would anyone breaking the law do that?

      So when mercury is found, it’s usually only after testing by a third party (e.g. customs, government agencies) — not because the producer admitted it on the bottle or jar.

      IF mercury is listed, ‘calomel’ might be used (calomel is mercurous chloride, a type of mercury).

    1. hi do u stop using goree cream? or u r still using goring cream? im using it too for more that one month now. i would like to know if u notice some side effects. thanks

  18. hello!
    may i ask if mistine eggwhite mask has mercury as well as nature’s beauty collagen and glutathione peeling cream has mercury? how about bihaku wonder bleach, does it have mercury? do these three have parabens and alcohol too?
    please be kind to reply to my email as well. thank you

  19. There were lots of fake Goree products available in the market now a days. And as of the moment “Goree whitening cream” is different from “Goree Beauty cream” and Goree day and night. So i just wanted to know which one did they tested having mercury on it.

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