4. Stillman’s Freckle/Bleaching Cream
I really hoped only women in ancient times were misinformed enough to resort to using mercury and lead to brighten their complexions, but what do you know – turns out Stillman’s concoctions are still being sold online and, according to health inspections in Europe, its ingredients haven’t improved much in the past 100 years or so.
Even the famous Amelia Earhart is rumored to have been using a similar product on her freckles, a concoction with a whopping 12% of mercury going under the name of Dr. C. H.
Berry's Freckle Ointment.