Abstract Title:

Additional comments to"Potential health consequences of applying mercury-containing skin-lightening creams during pregnancy and lactation periods".

Abstract Source:

Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2016 Jul 16. Epub 2016 Jul 16. PMID: 27451074

Abstract Author(s):

José G Dórea

Article Affiliation:

José G Dórea


Exposure through human skin from application of skin lightening creams and soaps (SLCS) based on mercury salts has often escaped attention of environmental scientists. The skin absorption of Hg from an adult on a daily basis in this type of exposure, depending on the product used, can be higher than Hg originated from dental amalgam filling, Thimerosal-containing flu vaccine, and fish-methylmercury. Hg from SLCS is retained more in brain of albino than pigmented animals. Therefore, environmental Hg scientists should be aware of this important but often neglected source of low-dose Hg exposure during pregnancy and lactation when measuring adverse health effects on child growth and development.

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