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Maryland consumers are warned that certain face creams, including
“Crema Aguamary,” can contain high levels of mercury. These skin creams
can cause serious health problems, and consumers are urged not to use
In November 2011 the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
(DHMH) was contacted about a skin cream sold in Mexico as “Crema
Aguarmary.” The skin cream was tested and was found to have very high
levels of mercury. The mercury in the cream was much more than allowed
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Skin lightening products (also called skin brightening or fade
products) are used to lighten skin tone, fade freckles, or get rid of
Use of these skin creams can cause serious health problems including
problems with the nervous system, kidneys, skin, blood pressure, and
digestive tract. Unborn babies, infants, and children are especially
sensitive to the effects of mercury and lead.
Where are these products found?
These products have in some cases been bought outside of the United
States and brought into the country. Stores in Maryland should not be
selling these products.
How do I know if a product has mercury in it?
What should I do if I have been using this product?
For more information
For more information contact the Maryland Poison Center toll-free at
1-800-222-1222; your local health department; or the DHMH Center for
Environmental Health and Community Services toll-free at 1-866-703-3266
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464