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.
A Sacramento woman is currently in the hospital in a semi-comatose state after using a Pond's-labeled skin cream tainted with methylmercury. This is the first reported case of methylmercury poisoning of this type linked to a skin cream in the United States. The woman obtained the skin cream through an informal network that imported the cream from Mexico. This type of cream is used by consumers as a skin lightener and to remove spots and wrinkles. The mercury was not added by the Pond's manufacturer, but by a third party after purchase. Please see the Sacramento County News Release for more information. See also Tulare County News Release.
Mexican Pond's Rejuveness Cream, tainted, 2019
For community members:
For health care providers:
For sellers of face creams:
Fact Sheet (English/Spanish) - Plain Language Mercury in Imported MX Creams (PDF, 1.1MB)
Fact 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 Lori.Copan@cdph.ca.gov.
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.