New Delhi: The fairness creams and soaps may promise you a fair skin but a new study now warns of dangerous side-effects, like kidney damage.
In a blow to India's 2000 crore industry, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report has warned of serious side-effects of using fairness creams and products in India.
The report finds that skin lightening soaps, creams and cosmetics like eye make up, which contain mercury as an ingredient or a preservative can cause kidney damage, anxiety, depression, damage to the nerves, and lower skin's resistance to infections.
Carolyn Vickers, Chemical Safety at World Health Organisation, says, Mercury in soaps and creams eventually enters waste water and then enters the food chain as highly toxic methyl mercury. ...more
10:30 AM, Jun 14, 2012