Many people suffering from various forms of skin pigmentation such as melasma, age spots & liver spots use hydroquinone to bleach their skin. It is still prescribed in many countries even though its use is banned in others for fears it may cause cancer.
Hydroquinone is well-known for its effectiveness. And what exactly is hydroquinone? It is an aromatic compound which is used in some skin treatments. It is also used as a raw material in manufacturing some herbicides and rubber antioxidants, so think, is it safe to use on human skin? Many studies have been performed to test the potential risks of hydroquinone. It is believed that hydroquinone can cause skin cancer. It caused tumors to grow on rats when hydroquinone is tested on them. In some hydroquinone whitener users, a condition called exogenous ochronosis occurred in a small percentage of patients.
There is also a commercial about hydroquinone whiteners. It showed an apple applied with a hydroquinone whitener, and immediately it turned to black. It is possible to happen on human skin. Hydroquinone, verified to cause cancer on rats is banned for cosmetic use in 2001. However it is not yet proven to cause cancer on humans. Hydroquinone can cause skin irritation, itchiness and redness. Hydroquinone whiteners are proven to be effective to whiten skin evenly, and it could also get rid of melasma spots but when it comes to side effects, nobody should take them for granted. So always consider if it is worth it. It could also cause mild burning sensations upon application, and some could be allergic to this compound specifically if sodium metabisulphite is included in a hydroquinone cream. A medical prescription is required if you want to buy a hydroquinone treatment. Any allergies may worsen upon using this product so seek medical advice.
If you don’t want to use products with hydroquinone, you better check the labels since there are still many products that contain hydroquinone, even in over the counter products. If you want to be hydroquinone-free, do this. Although a minimum of 2-4% hydroquinone content is tolerated, it can still be dangerous with prolonged use. Exogenous ochronosis, dermatitis and hyper pigmentation are some more risks of using hydroquinone on skin treatment.
Endangering yourself should not be the price of wanting to be beautiful. Life should not be put in danger just for good looks. So before using any skin whitening treatment or any skin treatment, be sure that the product to be used is safe and effective. And also remember that the best way to feel beautiful is to be contented with what color of skin you have.