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Mercury in Skin Cream

​Mercury is dangerous.  It is found in some skin creams made in Mexico and other countries. Skin creams with mercury may not be labeled.  They can poison people in the house, even children who aren’t using the creams. This site provides information and fact sheets in multiple languages about mercury found in some skin creams.

Mercury poisoning symptoms may include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Memory Loss
  • Nervousness
  • Fatigue
  • Shaking
  • Tingling/numbness in hands or feet

If you or your children have any of these symptoms and you are using a skin cream made in Mexico, go to your medical office or health clinic. For free medical advice, call the Poison Control Helpline at 1-800-222-1222. They are available 24 hours a day. They have language interpretation services.

Mercury in Skin Cream Materials in Multiple Languages


CDPH Fact Sheets on Homemade Creams

For more information, or to request hard copies of the educational material, or for information in Spanish, please contact Lori Copan at

CDPH Fact Sheets on Store-Bought Creams

Health Alerts and Articles by CDPH Staff

CDPH Public Service Announcement in Spanish on Homemade Creams

Este anuncio de servicio público fue emitido por radio en español durante el mes de julio de 2010 a lo largo de California para alertar al público acerca de las cremas para la cara que contienen mercurio.

This public service announcement aired during the month of July 2010 on Spanish-language radio throughout California to alert the public of face creams containing mercury and is available only in Spanish.

Fact Sheets From DTSC, FDA and Other States

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