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PREVENTING DISEASE THROUGH HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS
MERCURY IN SKIN LIGHTENING PRODUCTS
Mercury is a common ingredient found in skin lightening soaps and creams. It is also found in other cosmetics, such as eye makeup cleansing products and mascara.1–3 Skin lightening soaps and creams are commonly used in certain African and Asian nations.1,4,5 They are also used among dark-skinned populations in Europe and North America.2,6,7 Mercury salts inhibit the formation of melanin, resulting in a lighter skin tone.8,9
Mercury in cosmetics exists in two forms: inorganic and organic.3,10,11 Inorganic mercury (e.g. ammoniated mercury) is used in skin lightening soaps and creams. Organic mercury compounds (thiomersal [ethyl mercury] and phenyl mercuric salts) are used as cosmetic preservatives in eye makeup cleansing products and mascara.1–3,12
Use, production and availability
• In Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Togo, 25%, 77%, 27%, 35% and 59% of women, respectively, are reported to use skin lightening products on a regular basis.1
• In 2004, nearly 40% of women surveyed in China (Province of Taiwan and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region), Malaysia, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea reported using skin lighteners.1
• In India, 61% of the dermatological market consists of skin lightening products.3
• Skin lightening products are manufactured in many countries; for example, consumer
protection agencies in the European Union13–18 and the United States of America (USA)19,20 have identified mercury-containing products made in China,13,16,19,20 the Dominican Republic,1,19 Lebanon,13,21 Mexico,19,22 Pakistan,13,14 the Philippines,13,15 Thailand,13,17,23 and the USA.13,18
• Mercury-containing skin lightening products are available for sale over the Internet.
• A 2011 survey funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature
Conservation and Nuclear Safety noted that individuals from Brazil, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico and the Russian Federation believe that mercury-containing skin lightening products are easy to obtain.24
• Some manufacturers are no longer using mercury as a preservative in mascara and eye makeup cleansing products as a result of consumer pressure. However, most jurisdictions still allow the sale of makeup products containing mercury compounds.25
Products, packaging and ingredients
• Skin lightening products come in different forms, including soaps and creams; the soap is often sold as “antiseptic soap”.1,2 These products are supposed to be applied to the skin to dry overnight.2 Women use the soap to wash their hair, arms or face or their entire body.2 It is reported that some women use these products for as long as 20 years.1
• The soaps come in bar form and are sold individually in boxes.6 The creams are generally packaged in tubes or jars.6 The soaps contain approximately 1–3% mercury iodide, and

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