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Why We Hate Hydroquinone
Although hydroquinone has proven to be effective and is even recommended by some dermatologists, it has negative effects a lot of consumers, especially consumers from ethnic backgrounds.
Studies have found that high concentrations of hydroquinone included in lightening formulas can be cytotoxic and carcinogenic to our health. Because of this Hydroquinone has been banned in many countries worldwide.
The truth about Hydroquinone:
Skin lightening creams have been around for decades. They have been used in the pursuit of beauty in terms of lightening blemishes or even the skin in general. This type of cosmetic action that people take on themselves has different side effects associated with its use. The main purpose of this article is to examine the dangers associated with an active ingredient in skin lightening creams, hydroquinone. It will look at how it can affect the skin and much more.
Hydroquinone is an active ingredient that can be found in a wide variety of skin lightening creams. It is generally an agent that bleaches the skin. It works by blocking specific enzyme reactions that occur in the skin cells. The reason for doing this is to slow down the creation of melanin that occurs in the persons skin. As it is widely known, melanin is what gives the skin its color. Generally Hydroquinone is generally used to lighten and treat areas of the skin that have darkened. This darkening can be a result of age spots, cholasma, freckles, melasma and other types of skin discolorations. Doctors may also use hydroquinone for other reasons than those listed above.
If used properly the dangers of hydroquinone can be reduced, however because of the negative side effects that it brings, the product has been banned in Europe. Up until 2001, products that contained 2% hydroquinone were available legally. This changed after people found out the dangers associated with the product.
The main dangers associated with the use of this product are that usually it contains mercury. This combination can lead to severe kidney and liver damage. There is also proof that using hydroquinone can lead to the condition that disfigures the skin called ochnronosis. This results in the skin becoming thick and dark and the development of grayish brown spots and bumps. There is also the possibility that after you stop using the product, your melanin cells that were suppressed, may go haywire and start causing more pigmentation.