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Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health
Monthly Newsletter
August 2021

Skin Lightening Products Found to Contain Mercury, Hydroquinone and/or Steroids

Skin lightening products may contain toxic chemicals that can negatively impact the consumer’s health and family living in the same space, such as children or elders. Reasons for using skin lightening products vary, though are often rooted in colorism. While hydroquinone and steroids can be legally found in some products intended for inflammatory skin conditions, those products are typically intended for only short-term use when appropriate, and they must meet stringent requirements for ingredient concentration, labeling and storage. Consumers may sometimes see the steroid hydrocortisone as an ingredient in over the counter products, however a product with unknown concentrations of any of these steroids is a higher health risk to consumers because of their potential toxicity.

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2021 Reproductive Health Virtual Conference: Chemicals, Pollution, and Pregnancy
This year’s reproductive environmental health conference will be hosted by the Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health. Our virtual conference will be held October 15, 2021 from 2:00PM CST to 4:30PM CST. We will discuss the latest, most promising research developments and clinical advancements for reproductive environmental health. Our aim is to provide information for health care personnel and to develop strategies to improve the quality of patient care.
Free Registration for this event using the following link:

The Region 5 PEHSU has published a new fact sheet on the safety of Quaternary Ammonium for disinfection. The fact sheet is available online:
Who We Are
The Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children's Environmental Health (GLRCEH)  serves as the Region 5 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and is funded by EPA and ATSDR. The GLRCEH serves Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It provides telephone consultations, technical assistance, and training from experts in pediatrics, clinical toxicology, and industrial hygiene. You can call our hotline at 866-967-7337.
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This material was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 5 NU61TS000296-02-00 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications. 

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