Warnings about skin-whitening creams after woman suffers vision loss likely linked to excess mercury: report

December 2, 2022

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Health experts recommend being wary of skin-whitening creams after a Minnesota woman apparently developed peripheral visual loss that may be permanent — likely from exposure of excess levels of mercury in her beauty creams, according to a report.

"Mercury poisoning from skin-whitening creams can be very serious, as it causes nervous system damage that can be permanent," Dr. Eric Lavonas, a toxicologist with Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety in Denver, Colorado, and a spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, told Fox News Digital.

"The best way to protect yourself is to stick to clearly labeled and FDA-approved creams and cosmetics," he also said.

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