Consumers should not purchase Crema Piel De Seda skin whitening cream due to a risk of mercury poisoning, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The product also is promoted to treat acne and remove warts and skin blemishes.
Those who have used the product should stop doing so immediately, wash any parts of their body that has come in contact with the cream and contact a medical professional.
Mercury exposure can cause damage to the kidneys and nervous system and interfere with brain development in children. Symptoms of mercury poisoning include irritability, tremors, changes in vision or hearing, memory problems, depression and numbness in extremities or around the mouth.
Crema Piel De Seda, manufactured in Mexico by Viansilk, primarily is sold in
Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S. Anyone who has purchased it should seal it in a plastic bag or leak-proof container and check with their local environmental, health, or solid waste agency for proper disposal, the FDA said.
Customers and health care providers can report adverse events to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report or by calling 800-332-1088.