Exfoliating Scrub

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Toxicity:  Minor toxicity expected after small, unintentional ingestions of an exfoliating scrub.

Expected symptoms:  Minor irritation to the inside of the mouth can occur. If a large amount of a scrub is swallowed there can be stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea.

What to do:  Swish water in the mouth and spit out several times, or if this is a young child wipe the mouth with a soft, wet cloth.  When done rinsing, drink a serving of water or milk.

Quick Facts about exfoliating scrubs:

Skin exfoliants remove dead skin cells to improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. They can also enhance the effect of skin care products by increasing absorption across the skin.  Regular exfoliation can also help prevent clogged pores to limit break-outs.

Exfoliation scrubs are often either purchased or made with various ingredients at home.  In general, exfoliating scrubs are made using a lotion or oil as the base with an abrasive added.  Frequently used abrasives are baking soda, sugar, salt, pumice, and crushed apricot kernels or almond shells.

If accidentally swallowed, the oil or lotion can be irritating to the stomach and may cause a loose stool. A large clump of the abrasive cream can be a choking hazard for small children.

If you find your child with an exfoliating scrub, do not panic.  Take the scrub away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.  If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

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