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The Myths About Hydroquinone

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Many people want to rid their skin of dark spots and brighten their overall complexion. While there are several ways to do this, one of the most effective ways is to turn to a hydroquinone cream. Hydroquinone is considered the gold standard when it comes to brightening dark spots, however, many people have expressed concern their concerns about hydroquinone. In this article, we bust those myths about hydroquinone.

Myth #1: Hydroquinone bleaches your skin

Hydroquinone does not bleach your skin. Your skin color is determined primarily by a pigmentation called melanin. The more melanin, the tanner your skin appears. Hydroquinone works by decreasing the production and increasing the breakdown of melanin pigment granules in the skin's pigment cells, causing your skin to appear lighter. Hydroquinone, therefore, does not bleach or peel off your skin in order to reveal fairer skin.


Myth #2: Hydroquinone is harmful

Some people think that there are negative side effects of hydroquinone because of the misconceptions about the product. Research has shown that unwanted side effects are generally rare or minor.


Myth #3: Hydroquinone is carcinogenic

This myth came about from a study that injected large amounts of hydroquinone into rats. However, abundant research on the human use of hydroquinone has shown that it is both safe and effective, with 2% hydroquinone as the most effective concentration for over-the-counter use. Additionally, hydroquinone is an antioxidant and some research has actually shown that workers who handle pure hydroquinone have lower incidences of cancer than the general population.

  • Good to dispell these myths on hydroquinone. It has not been proven to be carcinogenic, although the FDA is still following up on the animal studies from 1989 which showed “some evidence” of carcinogenicity. A relatively rare side effect is exogenous ochronosis (blue-black pigments that result in skin darkening) which has been documented in long-term users of hydroquinone. Sunscreen is a must when using a HQ-containing product. More details on hydroquinone safety can be found at:

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  • Love learning all these new things! Thank you for such great content #Eviocommunity <3

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