Mercury in cosmeticsA range of cosmetic products are made from harmful ingredients, such as lead, mercury etc. Though the quantities are small, they still are harmful ingredients. Why using them?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Very bad idea.  Mercury is very toxic and harmful...even in small doses.  Prolonged use over time could have effects such as cancer and birth defects.

giorgiana1976 | Student

Due to it's very toxic effects, mercury's use in cosmetic products is prohibited. But there is a restricted area, especially in eye cosmetics, where mercury is still used. Acoording to several scientific studies, the proper amount wouldn't have to exceed 65 parts per million. Mercury is used in cosmetic industry, as a preservative.

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