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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.


For health care providers:

For sellers of face creams:

Mercury in Skin Cream Materials in Multiple Languages

Mercury%20in%20Skin%20Cream%202019Fact Sheet (English/Spanish) - Plain Language Mercury in Imported MX Creams (PDF, 1.1MB)

Homemade%20CreamsFact Sheet (English/Spanish) - Mercury in Homemade MX Creams (PDF, 285KB)  

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

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, WHO and Other States

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