Skin lightening products are popular, but may contain harmful ingredients such as mercury. Choose a safe alternative instead, such as medically supervised peels to lighten dark spots on your skin. Photo: Shutterstock
Skin lightening products are popular, but may contain harmful ingredients such as mercury. Choose a safe alternative instead, such as medically supervised peels to lighten dark spots on your skin. Photo: Shutterstock
Wellness

Skin ‘whitening’ risks: why you shouldn’t use lightening creams and what you can try instead

  • Skin lightening creams often contain mercury, which can damage the kidneys, brain and nervous system, as two Hong Kong women recently learned
  • A doctor warns of the risks of using such products, and describes solutions medical professionals can prescribe that will deliver the desired results safely

Skin lightening products are popular, but may contain harmful ingredients such as mercury. Choose a safe alternative instead, such as medically supervised peels to lighten dark spots on your skin. Photo: Shutterstock
Skin lightening products are popular, but may contain harmful ingredients such as mercury. Choose a safe alternative instead, such as medically supervised peels to lighten dark spots on your skin. Photo: Shutterstock
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