Popular Fairness Cream In India Contains Mercury

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Popular Fairness Cream In India Contains Mercury

Mercury is linked to nervous system toxicity and reproductive, immune and respiratory toxicity. Mercury is found in thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, and the skin readily absorbs it. However, you might not find mercury or thimerosal on the ingredient list of your favourite cream. A study conducted by a reputed NGO released a list of fairness creams that contain mercury. To our surprise, it has many popular fairness creams in India.

A study by the Center for Science and Environment, India’s leading NGO, shows that mercury is present in 44% of popular Fairness creams brands in India. This is even though the Cosmetic and Drug Act prohibits the presence of mercury in skin care products.

KINDLY NOTE: Mercury is not mentioned in the ingredients list, thus, scanning the list would be futile. You can try homemade skin-lightening solutions for your skin.

Here are the results as mentioned in the study:

Name Total Mercury (ppm) Percentage of Average Daily Intake if you use 2g/day of cream
Aroma Magic Fair Lotion 1.97 36.4
Olay Natural White 1.79 33.1
Ponds White Beauty 1.36 25.2
Lotus Cocofair Cream 0.81 15
Fair & Lovely Anti Marks 0.73 13.5
L’Oreal Pearl Effect 0.7 12.9
Revlon Touch and Glow 0.25 4.6
Biotique Bio Coconut 0.24 4.4
Garnier Men Power Light 0.24 4.4
Vivel Active Fair 0.23 4.3
Emami Malai Kesar Cold Cream 0.22 4.1
Lakme Perfect Radiance 0.19 3.5
VLCC Enbrighten (Sun Defence) 0.11 2
Fair & Lovely Ayurvedic Care 0.1 1.8
Fair & Lovely Multi Vitamin daily fairness cream Not Detected 0
Fairever Not Detected 0
Garnier Skin Naturals, Light Not Detected 0
Fair & Lovely Winter Fairness Not Detected 0
Fair One Shahnaz Husain Not Detected 0
Neutrogena Fine Fairness Not Detected 0
Lotus White Glow Not Detected 0
Nivea Sparkling Glow Not Detected 0
Lakme Not Detected 0
Lotus Microemulsion Not Detected 0
Lotus Fair Gel Not Detected 0
Himalaya Herbals Fairness Cream Not Detected 0
Jovees Pearl Whitening Face Cream Not Detected 0
Fair & Lovely Max Fairness Not Detected 0
Emami Fair and Handsome Not Detected 0
L’Oreal Men Expert Not Detected 0
Vaseline Men Face Not Detected 0

Calculation of Average Daily Intake is based on USEPA oral Reference Dose (RfD) of 0.0003 mg/kg-day of HgCl2, which translates into an ADI for a 50 kg person as 0.015 mg.

Source: https://www.cseindia.org/userfiles/Heavy_Metals_in_Cosmetics_Report.pd

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