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Letters Use of skin lightening creams

Survey in a UK general practice

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1326

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  1. Supreet K Sidhu, third year medical student1,
  2. Navreet Pau, locum general practitioner2,
  3. Jasmeet S Sidhu, dental student3,
  4. Pippa Oakeshott, reader in general practice1
  1. 1St George’s, University of London, London SW17 0RE, UK
  2. 2South east London, UK
  3. 3King’s College London Dental Institute, Guy’s Hospital, London SE1 9RT, UK
  1. m0700957{at}

Olumide highlighted the risk of mercury exposure through the use of illegal skin lightening creams.1 Such creams are used widely in Africa and Asia, but how much they are used in the UK or whether people are aware of the possible health risks is unknown. In December 2010, for a medical student research project, we carried out a questionnaire survey of …

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