Mercury is a dangerous skin lightening ingredient

Skin lightening products with dangerous levels of mercury

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.

While the use of mercury in skin lightening creams have been banned for some time now, they are still produced and sold.

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 only the ones I’ve found, so it’s not an inclusive list. In other words — just because a cream is not listed here, it doesn’t mean they’re safe and that they are free of mercury.

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)

  • Parley Beauty Cream (link to article)
  • Morning Face Beauty Cream
  • Glow Skin White Brightening Cream (link to article)
  • Glow Skin White Sun Care
  • Rzac Beauty Creme 2 (link to a government advisory page in Malay; Note: “merkuri” means “mercury” in Malay)
  • SSII Day Cream (link to article)
  • SSII Herbal Cream
  • Sifu Kunyit Day Cream (link to article)
  • Sifu Kunyit Night Cream
  • JJ Skincare Glowhite Night Cream
  • SM Enterprise Chadni Cream (link to article)
  • QC International New Face Cream
  • Creative Cosmetics Due Cream
  • Golden Pearl Cosmetics Golden Perl Cream
  • Punia Brothers Faiza Cream
  • Noor Gold Cosmetics Noor Cream
  • White Pearl Plus White Plus Pearl Cream
  • Fair & White Ultra Moisturising Body Cream (download multi-page pdf of RAPEX alerts)
  • Fair & White Creme Power C Exclusive Whitenizer / Fair & White Vitamin C Cream
  • Fair & White Savon Gomnant Exfoliating Soap
  • Fair & White Lait aha-2
  • Nature Secrete Lightening Serum Anti-Ageing A l’huille d’argan
  • Daggett & Ramsdell Knee & Elbow Lightening Cream Extra Strength Formula
  • Perfect White Lightening Beauty Cream
  • O’Tentika Fade Out Cream Dry Skin
  • Fair & Lovely Advanced Multi Vitamin (RAPEX alert link)
  • GC / Golden Care Extra Whitening Cream with Fruit Extracts
  • V.I.P Face Beauty Cream Multi Vitamin UV Protector
  • New Face Whitening Cream (25,400 mg/kg of mercury detected; RAPEX alert link)
  • Fair One Natural Fairness Cream Plus
  • Seven Herbal Ubtan
  • Diana Creme C.T.R. (13,600 mg/kg of mercury detected; RAPEX alert link)
  • So Clair Skin Whitening & Lightening Soap
  • Golden Pearl Beauty Cream
  • Carotone Black Spot Corrector Maxi effect Concentrated Formula DSP 10 Concentré en Beta-Carotène
  • Diamond Gold Day Cream (link to a government health advisory in Malay or download pdf; Note: “merkuri” means “mercury” in Malay.)
  • Diamond Gold Night Cream
  • Karisma Nightcream Kunyit
  • Karisma Daycream
  • Seputih Melati Night Cream Whitening
  • Seputih Melati Night Cream Glowing
  • Majaja Serum Channtiq
  • Syma Magical Serum
  • Syma Facial Cleanser
  • Khumaera Moistskin Cleanser
  • Chandni Whitening Cream (11,928 ppm of mercury; link to article)
  • Golden Pearl Whitening Beauty Cream
  • 3rd Series Yanko Fade Out Cream Day Cream (link to article)
  • 5th series Yanko Fade Out Cream Day Cream
  • 7th Series Yanko Whitening Cream Day
  • Fjura Face Polish Treatment
  • Dnars Golden Cream
  • Glow Glowing N Glowing
  • Apple Diamond Day Loose
  • Glow Skin White French Technology Smart Pack — Whitening Cleanser, Whitening Cream and SPF 50 Cream (link to article or download Philippine FDA advisory)
  • Ahoofs Foundation Body Cream (link to article or download Ghana FDA press release)
  • Zoe Peau Sublime Beauty Lotion
  • Zoe Peau Sublime Face Corrective Cream
  • Body Fashion Body Milk
  • Beauty Clinic Whitening Lotion
  • Dodo Beauty Lightening Lotion
  • Marie France Skin Care
  • Bravia Lotion
  • Abana Facial Creme
  • G&G Body Cream
  • RA Foundation Body Cream
  • B-Plus Miracle Gold Cream (link to article or download Philippine FDA advisory)
  • Madame Organic Whitening Arbutin
  • Herbal Turmeric Herbal Cream
  • BeQuala Beauty Quality Lab
  • O-Ping Wink Winner Ping Whitening Cream
  • Myrina Night Cream
  • Beauty 3 Night Cream
  • Polla Gold Super White Perfects
  • Melusma Melasma Brightening Cream
  • Ozzy Mask
  • Dolly Glow Luminous Night Cream (link to article)
  • Niuma Lemon Medicated Germicidal Soap (link to article)
  • Deluxe Nadinola Bleaching Cream (Note: likely counterfeit and not manufactured by J. Strickland in the US)
  • Ailke Boost Luster Superior Whitening (link to article)
  • Ailke Perfection Salvation Rosy Whitening A + B Set
  • Aneeza Gold Beauty Cream
  • Parley Herbal Beauty Cream (link to article)
  • Glow Glowing 5 in 1 Beauty Skin (link to article)
  • Feique Herbal Extract Whitening Anti-Freckle Set
  • Temulawak Day & Night Beauty Whitening Cream
  • Deeja Cosmetic Sun cream (link to article)
  • Deeja Cosmetic Wrinkle cream
  • Deeja Cosmetic Vogue Cream (link to a Malaysian government health advisory or download pdf)
  • Deeja Krim Nano (Night)
  • Miracle White – Brightening Cream
  • Deluxe Beauty – Ultra Lightening Cream
  • RDL Babyface Babyface Whitening Cream Night Cream 5 in 1
  • RDL Face Off Fade-Out Cream Day Cream 5 in 1
  • La Tía Mána (link to article)
  • Karisma Cosmetic – Night Cream (link to article)
  • Karisma Cosmetic – Day Cream
  • Deeja Cosmetic Keayuan Semula Jadi – Krim Nano (Night)
  • Tati Skincare Night Cream (link to a government health advisory in Malay or download pdf; Note: “merkuri” means “mercury” in Malay.)
  • Tati Skin Care 5 in 1 cosmetic set (link to article)
  • Magic cream (link to a government health advisory in Malay or download pdf)
  • Night Cream Dollys Pinky
  • Nuriz Shoppe – UV Pearl Cream (link to public health warning or download pdf)
  • Nuriz- D’solve
  • Aura Gorgeous Night Cream
  • Renow-D Facial Cream Formula-One (link to public health warning or download pdf)
  • Collagen Plus Vit E Day & Night Cream (link to article)
  • Glow Skin White or Glow Skin White French Technology (link to advisory from Brunei’s Ministry of Health with photos or download pdf)
  • Moleek Skincare Anti Pigmentation Cream Plus (link to a government health advisory in Malay; “merkuri” means “mercury” in Malay)
  • Dnars Yellow Gold Collagen (link to article)
  • Dnars Honey Cream
  • Dnars Sunny Cream – Sensitif
  • Dnars Sunny Cream
  • Luffiya Night Cream 1 & 2
  • Glow Glowing Skincare 4 in 1 (contains >25,000 times permissible amount of mercury; link to article)
  • Night Glowing (link to article and a government health advisory in Malay)
  • 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)
  • Meiyong (Seaweed) Super Whitening
  • 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)
  • Angel Placenta Day & Night Cream
  • 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)
  • Goree Beauty Cream (link to article)
  • Goree Beauty Cream with Lycopene with SPF 30 Avocado & Aloe Vera (link to article)
  • Goree Day & Night Whitening Cream Oil Free
  • 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
    • 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
  • S’Zitang Yangbaisu
  • 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.

Photos of some creams that contain mercury

Like the bulleted text list above, the below table is not an inclusive list.

Cream name Photo
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 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. 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

Questions about the safety of specific creams

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

    • 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.
    • 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.

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

  1. thank you for that wonderful information ive learn alot after reading your blogs. im planning to buy st dalfour cream but now i know how harmful it is for my health,i should think first before buying whitening products..

  2. Hello Everyone,

    I am owner and seller of Angel Touch Essentials products and I recently acquired the St. Dalfour Whitening Cream products. First of, I think the St. Dalfour listed in the FDA (Philippines) is St. Dalfour from Japan not from Kuwait. Secondly, there are a lot of Sellers of the St Dalfour but how many are they really ORIGINAL or AUTHENTIC without MERCURY? Third, I make sure that the product is safe before I sell the it. I can provide a LABORATORY TEST RESULT that the St. Dalfour we have doesn’t have any MERCURY in it. Now, I would like to find out if how can I post or forward you that copy so that people or customers should be also aware what to look for.

    Thank you and I hope you have a great day!

    P.S. I love your site because this is very informative and that’s all we wanted to help other people.

    Best Regards,
    Jhan Gorman
    Angel Touch Essentials

    1. Hi

      Thanks, but you’d be better off making that argument on your sales website and putting what results you have there.

      As you can see, this isn’t a place for vendors to promote or sell skin whitening creams.

      Also, the needlessly convoluted nature of this brand St Dalfour is evident — defensive sellers having to argue that there’s actually “different sources”, “fake vs real” etc ad nauseum. I respect your message, but this doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.


      1. Hi,

        I know I made a comment or replied to this message but I don’t know why it was REMOVED or DELETED. Anyway, here is my answer again to ALL the accusations. I am not here neither to argue with you nor to depend the products that I sell. I am not here promoting or selling my products in your website (I am beyond that point). You completely took it in the wrong way and blew it out of proportion.

        When I asked if I can post the St. Dalfour LAB Test Result it wasn’t about proving or knowing if St. Dalfour is “FAKE vs REAL” the way you put it but for the consumer to KNOW exactly what to look for before buying not just St. Dalfour or skin whitening creams but all Skin Whitening Products out in the market. They will be aware that LAB TEST RESULT exists. Whether you like/believe it or not LABORATORY TEST RESULT will inspire consumers confidence! (We’re talking about License Chemist here, that has the potential of loosing their license if they falsified documents). In my personal opinion, it will definitely help consumers and that’s all I needed and wanted to do as well. My goal in posting in your site is to HELP which I think is the MAIN purpose of this site, ISN’T IT?

        Neither less, thank you for response and I HOPE that it won’t be deleted or removed this time. PEOPLE have the right to know this matter and it is just FAIR.

        Note: I have also mentioned how I love this site and how very informative it is. In fact, I even posted it in my site as GUIDE & WARNING. So, please prove it otherwise.

        Best Regards,
        Jhan Gorman
        Angel Touch Essentials

        1. I repeat — this website is not a platform for your sales pitch of St Dalfour, a cream that has been banned.

          The fact that you would think so troubles me.


          2. Let me make this perfectly clear as you don’t seem to understand.

            This site is to protect people from manipulative, fraudulent sellers of banned whitening creams.

            SELLERS just like YOU.

            I had removed an earlier comment from you because I’d made it clear to you that this is not a place for vendors to promote their goods, but you chose to ignore that and continued commenting with the same sales pitch.

            Thank you for your offensive comments now however. I assure you they will remain. Your words here will go a long way in making my point across to readers about aggressive and manipulative sellers. Better than anything I can write, actually. 🙂

            Be well






          4. There are no fewer than three articles linked under the entry for St Dalfour above that state the cream contains mercury and has been banned by the FDA.

            But I suppose things like simple reading and logic are just wasted on people like you, right?

            You really make me laugh! 🙂

    2. I am also using this St.Daulfer France Cream for some years and I am a Chemist too. But always wondered whether there may be Mercury or Hydroquriorine as one of the ingredient. So could you please prove me as there are no harmful or carcinogenic effects in St.Daulfer Whitening Cream?
      Also I want to know the country of production of where the original one is produced?

      1. Hey Thamilini,
        my name is rubika and i am using this cream too. i hust like to aks you, what happens when stop using this produckt ?

  3. What about the o mei su cream? is it safe? I know someone who’s using it and the result was great. I’m thinking of buying one. Thanks

  4. Hi
    Thanks for the very usefull information. I should have visit your blog long ago. I have a situation here and that what lead me to surf the net to find an answer and after reading your article I was skeptic that I’m actually dealing with one of the product contains mercury.

    Back here in my hometown there is one face cream which is known for removing pigments within a week and it sold in a plain white plastic jar without the ingredients printed on it. The problem is it been used widely by the villagers including my mom without hesitation. Of course it very effective of removing pigments but I’m very concern to know the ingredients.

    The cream consist of two which is night an day cream. Day cream with SPF?? And the night cream is very sticky. I’ve asked many people about the origin of the cream and they told me that it was actually BL CREAM from Philipine but there’s another ingredient to mix with it before its ready to use.

    I really wanted to know if the cream is safe to use. Is there anything u can help me on these. An advice or something? Thank you

    1. hi Zara… I’m from Malaysia, and yes i did used these cream and it worked like a charm… but the q is the ingredient, and with this thread it made me scarrier. I know that BL cream is only a ketoconazole that an anti-fungal. But there’s a saying that the cream in white jar is actually a placenta, I don’t know really…. we might have to do lab testing to figure this out…just kidding..

      1. Hi Rina

        Finally someone answering me. Thanks. I’m Malaysian too and we might probably are dealing with the same product. The effectivness of the product are really waking me up. They call it Magic Cream here and I already arranged a sample to be sent to the lab.

        This comment is made about a month ago and just a few days back my mom complaint that she’s actually starting experienced headache and I noticed that her skin looks very thin too. And others have experienced massive pigmentation when exposed to the sun.

        I’m using it too and of course its chicken me out but let’s just see wht the lab test would bring.
        Till then

  5. If these creams contain dangerous amounts of mercury why are they allowed to be sold at beauty salons, and selected stockists? Surely in the UK there are rules and regulations in the retail industry for what can be sold. Is it all legal? If I were to find stockists can I notify any particular body or organisation?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Devi,

      I guess in a perfect world, everyone would know the laws and respect them. But it isn’t so.

      If you see banned creams being sold and would like to report it, you can probably do so by contacting your local trading standards office or submit a complaint on directgov. Hope that helps.


  6. I’ve gotten a whitening cream from Thailand called Arche Pearl Cream, it’s very cheap, it’s less than one dollar a 3-gram package. Actually, I received it as a gift. There are a lot of comments on the internet that this product has mercury and hydroquinone in its formula, both are very dangerous ingredients. But it says on the product package that there’s neither mercury (nor hydroquinone) in it. Some people claim they got instant results with it with one application (weird, isn’t it?). I’m still a bit afraid of using it, I don’t know if I should trust a cream costing less than one dollar, made from an “acient formula” from Thailand, and which promisses wonderful results really quickly. So I’d like to know if there’s some way to know if there’s mercury in this cream, like a chemical reaction test? If so, please explain me how. Thank you very much.

  7. my sister send me a cream called DIANA she says it wipes away the blackheads lefr by pimples. i just want to know if it contains mercury. am scared to start using that product. my sisters stays in the UK and am in Africa. this product is from lebanon is very cheap.

  8. Hi,

    I know I made a comment or replied to this message but I don’t know why it was REMOVED or DELETED. Anyway, here is my answer again to ALL the accusations. I am not here neither to argue with you nor to depend the products that I sell. I am not here promoting or selling my products in your website (I am beyond that point). You completely took it in the wrong way and blew it out of proportion.

    When I asked if I can post the St. Dalfour LAB Test Result it wasn’t about proving or knowing if St. Dalfour is “FAKE vs REAL” the way you put it but for the consumer to KNOW exactly what to look for before buying not just St. Dalfour or skin whitening creams but all Skin Whitening Products out in the market. They will be aware that LAB TEST RESULT exists. Whether you like/believe it or not LABORATORY TEST RESULT will inspire consumers confidence! (We’re talking about License Chemist here, that has the potential of loosing their license if they falsified documents). In my personal opinion, it will definitely help consumers and that’s all I needed and wanted to do as well. My goal in posting in your site is to HELP which I think is the MAIN purpose of this site, ISN’T IT?
    Neither less, thank you for response and I HOPE that it won’t be deleted or removed this time. PEOPLE have the right to know this matter and it is just FAIR.

    Note: I have also mentioned how I love this site and how very informative it is. In fact, I even posted it in my site as GUIDE & WARNING. So, please prove it otherwise.

    Best Regards,
    Jhan Gorman
    Angel Touch Essentials

    1. The fact is that St. Dalfour was not approved by FDA as stated above, there’s nothing more to discuss. And I think people will not be confident if you provide the test results of St. Dalfour. If the test result was made by your laboratory or a laboratory that you hired, the tests can be tampered and biased, yet crucial information may be concealed. I got a cream called Arche Pearl Cream from Thailand and it says on the package that the cream does not contain any mercury (or hydroquinone). The fact is, the cream, which costs less than 1 dollar, makes your skin lighter in one application. There’s no APPROVED ingredient in the market that provides such benefit. I can list a lot of costly produts that removes dark spots and even out the skin tone, such as Vichy, La Roche Posay, Clinique, Stiefel products. They certainly try to use the best ingredients, but it takes more than 1 month to see some little results. Why? Because they do not contain mercury or hydroquinone.



        1. Yes, I’m sure everyone will believe your words now… (???)

          Your comments are getting funnier by the day!

          Seriously, though… is there something in St. Dalfour cream that affects people’s brains? (Oh yeah. Mercury.)

          Because I gotta tell you, you’re not the first person selling St. Dalfour creams that have left completely insane comments here. You’re in good company, my dear!



          2. Oh wow… that’s sooooo clever! You really got me there, buddy!

            But you’re right though — this site is a waste of all fraudsters’ time.

            Because I WILL ALWAYS protect my readers from liars and con artists who would seek to profit from other people’s misery.

            You came to the WRONG place to spout your lies.


          3. @Jhan Gorman

            You can take a sample of cream with no mercury to a laboratory and after getting the certification then you can start adding mercury into it. That’s what fraudsters like yourself do.

            The only way consumers can be protected from fraudsters like yourself is when the FDA does RANDOM testing of products which are already in the market. That’s how it was revealed that St. Dalfour cream indeed contains mercury and was banned despite the bogus certification you have been bragging about.

  9. Hi, I would like to know if the Magic Cream being sold in Saudi has also a mercury content because I am using it and it is really effective in just 4 days my spots and pimple scars have lightened. I am only curious if it is among those products which has mercury because in just 7 days my skin is cleared with pimple spots.

    1. Hi Rita,

      May I know the brand name of the magic cream you are using and from where and which shop did you bought. Im working here in jeddah and most of the creams available here are fake not unlike the one I had used before when I’m still in AL-Khobar which is really effective.

  10. Y st. Dalfour cream has no list of ingredients?? And is st. Dalfour cream frm japan and kuwuit r same?? Do u have any suggestion hessa what’s the safest cream??

    1. Hi Orchirds

      No one really knows. That’s the problem with these small, dodgy “brands” like St Dalfour (and all the others in the article). Basic information is hard to get, and information coming from sellers is unreliable. Most of the time, the public will only know the real ingredients (like mercury) when it’s too late. When someone has died or gotten sick.

      I’d suggest going for brands owned by reputable companies that have an established global presence. They will generally comply with laws and regulations when it comes to their product ingredients.

      For example, P&G and Unilever own many low- to mid-priced brands such as Olay (e.g Olay Professional Pro-X Discoloration Fighting Concentrate). There are many premium brands from reputable companies also (see list).

      And if you prefer it, there’s nothing wrong with using natural methods as well.

      Turmeric – a traditional skin remedy to lighten skin and pigmentation

      Rice Powder: an Asian skin whitening secret

  11. Another thing, y der r lot of sellers still going on related to st. Dalfour cream??? R they using it 2 on their own skin,??? Im so confuse to b honest, im hoping that they will tell the truth and not to destroy the company or they cud consider as a bussiness nd no cares if really have mercury, just to have incomes.. But im hoping to know the real story about st. Dalfour cream. Thank u.

  12. Thank you very much for the very useful informative web…I was using the Qian Mei cream for less thn 2 months and it works like wonders. made me slightly suspicious on the content..and shocked to discover this. Would like to ask…if you have the lab it possible for you to tell the Hg concentration found in pls?
    Telling myself i shouldn’t panic..but i cant help my self!!!OMG!!
    i should have checked on it in advance PRIOR usage!
    A lesson for self and all out there…pls check your products before using!

    Thanks for the info!
    God Bless..

    1. Hi Shakti

      Sorry for the very late reply. I don’t have lab readings for Qian Mei cream.

      How are you doing now? Any bad reactions from the cream?


  13. How about meladerm Ms. Hessa, i read from the internet that it is safe to use and it has a good feedback from the users.

  14. hi i’ve been using a cream that i bought called milk cream. there is no particular brand on it.. the packaging is just this very cheap purple plastic 10 gram case with two stickers stating the name of the product (milk cream) at the top with a picture of a girl’s face and the ingredience and purpose at the bottom, which says: BeBe cut dank black pimples help to white beautiful young 100% (doesn’t make any sense btw), mix: vitaminE milk honey wheat flower tumeric made in cambodia. Ijust want to say that this product works great on my skin. It has gotten rid of my acne and scars within a month of using it but after i accidently came upon this website while looking for reviews on this product, i’ve been kind of doubting that this is a safe product to use because of the cheap packaging and the texture and color of the product. The color of this cream is yellowish and it has a thick texture. once you rub the product on your skin you can feel like there is these gritty particles in it. not sure what it is though. So i hope you reply soon and shed some light on this so called holy grail of mine. oh and by the way this product cost me about 10 dollars each so i’m hoping this product does not contain any mercury.

    p.s. if you want pictures i will gladly send a picture to you.

    1. Mai, I know what you are talking about. There are 3 different kinds though with the same size and shape but different colors. One is pinkish purple with a woman’s face wit black hair on top, one is light pink with the same picture on top, and the 3rd one is the also light pink with no picture but it reads “Be Be Special Cream”. 2 of the 3 are for black spots, freckles, blemishes, etc. One is to use during the day because is has UVA/UVB sun protection strength of (Spf40). If I were you I would stop using for now until further understanding. I’ve
      been using it myself for 1 month now too but now I’m not going to anymore. We have enough
      problems as is in our body from all of these foods we sure don’t need anymore problem added to our bodies. I know that it is widely used among our Hmong women right now…its very popular as we speak. But once this gets out it won’t be any more. We don’t need anymore junk added to our bodies not if we can prevent it. I know the listing doesn’t have this particular brand maybe because no one has gotten sick from it yet but like all of the other whitening face cream I’m sure more or less they were using the same ingredients, if not, why it is so effective? I can’t explain? Can you?

    2. Hi Mai..I think I’m using the same product,just started using it 2 days friend said it was suggested by a dermatologist so tried i was very effective on her…d packaging is juz so weird..doesn’t even have an expiration. Date..let me know if you stopped using.g it & u think it has mercury..thanku

  15. HI Ms Hessa, there is this body lotion I use called O’tentika skin tone formula. I find it very effective in skin brightening, but I want to know if it truly contains no harmful ingredient, because it claims to contain all round natural ingredients. Thanks.

    1. Hi Jennifer, sorry I’ve never heard of that brand. It’s probably best to use your own good judgement and watch out for any adverse reactions if you’re in doubt.

  16. thanks for the list of creams containing mercury levels, it helps a lot to me and am sure to others…. i just want to ask if BL cream contains mercury too or is it positive of led contamination? very thanks:=) godbless

    1. Hi nyleisor, I cannot find the official ingredients list for this cream from the manufacturer. That’s a big red flag, IMO.

  17. i have lots of brown spots in my face or maybe prickles i guess said by others, any suggestion please what cream am going to use or what shall i do? tnx a lot

  18. Hi all, just want to know whether Egyptian Magic Cream contains mercury or not. I have been told by my derm that it contains mercury. Pls advise.

  19. hi..Ms.’s about BL Cream.. actually its very effective, but i’m not sure if it is safe for user like us.. my request is, can u make a lab test about this cream? i’ve been searching for months and using it for more than 2 months now and it doesn’t make me feel safe about this brand..and i stop using it after i heard it may cause skin canser.. and its scares me a lot.. hopefully, u can do my simple request..thank u a lot and more power..:)

    1. Hi Jazmine, I don’t do lab tests unfortunately. If I had the resources, that could be good to do, but I’m just a blogger for now.

      My suggestion is to contact your local government/trade organisation. If the BL Cream is being sold in your local stores over-the-counter, they might take an interest and get them tested to protect the public.

      You could also send it for testing yourself. If this is really important to you, there are also many independent labs that will analyse the chemical composition of creams. It might be cheaper if you request specifically for them to test for mercury or steroids. Just mail a sample to them and they’ll send you the results. Then you’ll know for sure.

      Barring these, my advice is always go with your gut. If you don’t feel safe using something, there’s probably a reason why.

  20. im using sheep placenta by tai mei…jinyahong sheep placenta this cream positive with mercury..please reply thank you

  21. Hi, anybody familiar with O Mei Su Pearl Paste, specifically the green one? Supposed to be for oily skin, not whitening. Ingredients stated are Petrolatum Jelly, Titanium Dioxide (kinda scared of this ingredient), Ceresin Wax, Lanolin Fragrance. All those Chinese looking packages and boxes look very similar to the box that this product came in and it makes me nervous. And what would you recommend for oily skin, blemishes, pimples, etc.? Thanks :))

  22. I am Absolutely Shocked at the article, the History of these Skin lightening Cream is Frightening.

    All the Major Brands does these kind of Products in South East Asian Countrys, where it is popular, however I am Certain most Peoples use it because they think it makes them look more Beautiful.

    However if they know about the History of Skin Lightening Creams then they would find it Scary and I think it would probably be far less popular.

    In these Skin Lightening Products they now use Safe alternatives, such as Mulberry and Bearberry Extracts and Vitamins liquorice Extracts.
    However that List of Creams which Contain these Kind of Toxicated substance is simply Suprising and disbelieving.

    Even though Most Urban South East Asian Peoples including the Chinese use these Kind of Things, to bleach their skin and ‘their’ Ideal way of looking Beautiful.

    The Rural Chinese Women being the Palest in Modern Pacific Asia, simply uses Traditional but Effective Methods such as staying away from Prolonged Sun Exposure in the Warmer Months.

    However I had read from the News, that Mainland China Lightening Brands are being brought and Used, by Rural Chinese Women.

    But Hopefully it contains Mulberry Exract and Bearberry Extract Rather than Toxic Substance such as Mercury.

  23. Is the top gel mca cream still contains mercury? I saw the link posted and it was dated since Feb 2009. When I checked the recently banned creams by the FDA, it;s no longer listed there. But I’m not so sure if what I read was correct. I saw some stores still selling those products. Please help me. thanks.

    1. I’m not sure why anyone would want to give a producer that has knowingly used poisonous, banned ingredients another chance… ever.

      I don’t write this to judge you, but comments like yours make me sad (and angry) all at the same time.


      1. Hessa,

        That’s because some of us women didn’t know any better. We just go by words of mouth or recommendation of a friend or neighbor so when we hear of something works wonder we just buy it and when we find out its too late or at least we have already tried it out but no more 🙂

        1. I think you make an excellent point, but it doesn’t apply to the comment above.

          This one is not a case of simple ignorance, but of already knowing and still wanting…

          A different kettle of fish, and one that’s quite a lot more disheartening IMO.

  24. are local obagi and Beauche kit here in the philippine safe to use?many filipinas using those local obagis and Beauche kit products but im somehow concerned if those are dermatologists tested…. i dont know if they have a mercury in it.thanks….

  25. is bl cream safe to be used, i used it on my face everynight and after taking bath i mix the bl cream with nivea lotion ang put all over my body, is that ok?

  26. Thanks for this great article Hessa! I’m from the Pilipinas. I bought Miss Beauty Powder Cake last week. I had a slight headache after application so i washed it off. It was cheap but horrible anyway so I tossed its contents down the sink.

    I had many reasons to make it suspect: Made in China (notorious), a weird scent, lack of ingredients list, unknown manufacturer (I must always research the manufacturer of products i use, especially the ‘unknowns’!).

    I keep forgetting to research online until today and i found your article, which really answers the nagging questions in my head. Obviously, it’s the same brand as the photo you posted above because i recognize the logo. I’m putting it on my blacklist… CASE CLOSED!

    Maybe next time, I’ll just buy from department stores and look for trusted brands. There are many local brands that offer quality at low prices…. this one is not worth risking my life =)

  27. Hi, I bought this cream named “Cai Mei” it’s a sheep placenta cream. I didn’t see it in the list above but I wanna know if it’s safe. It’s made by Shantou Jinyahong Fine Chemicals Co. I wanna know if it’s safe cause it’s already being sold in many places and I also have a baby. I’m afraid I might be hurting them w/ what I’m using. Please reply. Thanks

  28. Hello, I always used papaya soap Likas for lightening my skin. Does anyone know if this soap has mercury?
    Thank you

  29. I have been using some products from the Philippines. It’s been a craze due to its affordability and the hyping people use especially sellers to promote their products. My question is, is there any means that I can test a product for mercury at home? Also, have you heard something about Professional Skin Care Formula? That’s what I’m using! It just wonders and worries me that they’re not adequately and properly labeled especially the ingredients! I was carried away by all the exaggerated hype and word-of-the-mouth! Thanks! =)

  30. I just started using this cream that is labeled “milk cream” of my friends told me that her dermatologist suggested her to use it,it’s on s pinkish purple container(10 g)..has a woman’s face on the top cover..specifically said to only use it at night..helps in reducing pimple&spots&freckles…does this product contain mercury? ?…it is made in Cambodia…

  31. we just wanted to know if BL is safe to use, have been using it for two weeks and I see improvement. but beginning to wonder why it has good effects, pls reply

  32. Let me contribute some tips to test, wheter the product is contain mercury / hidroquinon or not. Simply add the product on gold plated accesories (ring, necklace) just make sure the gold is real ones, when the surface of the yellow shining gold plated turns grey or black, it means the product you just pour into it is contain that so called mercury. I had this test before, using my cosmetic powder. I tested among two different brand, the first brand pass the test and since my gold necklace remain still, bright and yellow as it was. then I pour the second brand. (powder too) suddenly something strange happens to my necklace, it seems like my gold necklace has something dirt on it (the powder I pour turns grey). Maybe if you had a doubt about your beauty product, you can repeat my method. So simple, just need some gold accecories to test, can be rings, necklace, bracelets, or else, put it into flat surface, then pour or rub the suspected cosmetic into it. See the reaction.try it.

    1. Hi aimee, thanks so much for sharing your DIY method to test for mercury. I’m sure this will help many others here.

  33. Am from indonesia, I’ve been awared about this hidroquinon cream issues since years ago,but i also find out that those kind of cream is distributes freelly and still no real action from goverment to build the law against them. Some source even said that those dangerous cream were sold in kilo’s among big distibutor, with no licence, and most of them were home class distributor whose later put their own brand on same cream they bought on kilo’s before. Horrible. Isn’t it?

  34. Hi Hessa, i was using ST.dalfour cream..i stopped by seeing your comments.
    Now from one month I’m using NAFIA magic fairness Cream. Does it have mercury in it.
    Can you please suggest me….

    Thanks in advance….

    1. Hi preethi, I would suggest a combination of natural and internal methods (raw food, fruits + vegetables, Vitamin C, detox cleanses, etc) as the layers of our skin grows from the bottom up. In other words, what we put in our body really matters. Another advantage of internal methods is that skin pigmentation would fade over the whole body, not just on some places.

      This page might give you a few ideas.

      Hope that helps.

  35. I am also using the BL chinese cream for my 4 months old baby..she was diagnosed with skin asthma and my friends advised me to use the BL cream and to my surprise it gives a very tremendous result on her skin. I am just wondering why is it so effective compared to many expensive creams and ointment that we have tried, to think that those creams are tested and evaluated by many dermatologist..I have tried Sorbolene body wash, Dermaveen Shampoo, Dermaveen skin lotion and Triamcinolone lotion but all of those lotions have done nothing to my baby’s skin..except the so called BL cream.I am just wondering why is it so effective and at the same time I am afraid for the side effect it may cause to my baby. I am using the cream for 2 days and the redness, roughness and inflamation of my baby’s skin faded away. I am still searching for the real content, hope that there is no mercury content..Is there someone that can give us an information about the chemical content of BL cream?

    1. angi
      sa una maganda result ng bL cream. pero pag nag stop ka na sa paggamit nyan dyan mo makikita ang side effect nyan. babalik sa dati ang skin problem at lalo pa itong madaragdagan. na try ko na po ang product na ito.

  36. Hello everyone. Has anyone of you tried products by “ly na”? It’s pretty known to combat pimples and blemishes but I’m wandering which one is for which. They have one named “nourish face cream” in green and another one named “medicated pearl paste” in orange. Are they both unsafe or are they still usable with very small trace of mercury in them?

  37. @Hess: Well done this is a brilliant site! I purchased a cream called Golden Pearl Beauty Cream as I have pimple marks on my cheeks.i wrote to the seller with my concerns about the product and exactly as you mentioned they are very persuasive and just try too hard to convince you it is a legal product! The price of the product is another factor that should alarm us any product that is SO cheap and gives such rapid results should prove if it seems too good to be true it most probably IS!! The product also has very vague ingredients (eg) natural herbs,special pearls etc. Thank you for your information may God bless you for helping us

  38. hi hessa just bought pientzehuang pearl cream for my acne but im scared to use it because of lightining can you pls tell me if is safe or not thanks

  39. I just want to know if Amira Magic Skin Whitening Cream has any Lead or Mercury content. It is sold in reputable malls and drugstores in the Philippines and has been around for years. In the box is says that it is a product of Amira Pharma, Inc. and their website looks legit. I’m just so hesitant to use it with all the “safe” whitening creams available in the market. Hope to hear from you soon!

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