What to Know About Hydroquinone and Skin Care
Posted by Suzzy on 7/25/2013
Hydroquinone is the active
ingredient of many skin lightening creams. It works by inhibiting melanin
producing cells so that less pigment is produced. Another way it works is by
breaking down the existing melanin. By attacking melanin and melanin
production, the result is a lighter skin tone. There are various reasons why
someone will choose to bleach their skin. One reason is that you may wish to
have a lighter complexion because you believe it is more beautiful. Another
reason is that you may have melisma, which is dark skin discoloration.
When choosing a skin whitening cream, it is important
to find out whether it contains hydroquinone.
It is always a good idea to find out what the active ingredients of any products
are; this way, you are aware of what you are taking into your body. And because
some people react negatively to hydroquinone,
you want to make sure that you do not suffer any adverse allergies.
It is advisable that you perform
an allergy test first before using the skin
bleaching cream. You do this by applying the cream on a small portion of
your skin to see whether there is any allergic reaction. If your skin does not
react negatively, wash the affected areas thoroughly and apply the cream.
Even though there is much
controversy surrounding this bleaching agent, there are various reasons why hydroquinone is still prescribed. It
has proved to be the most effective skin bleaching agent as far as
hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation is concerned. It is why people still use
it despite the fact that it has been banned in many countries.
There are certain side effects of
hydroquinone that you should be
aware of. First, prolonged use can lead to ochronosis. This is a permanent dark
discoloration of skin. It has also been shown to have adverse effects on
certain organs such as the liver, kidneys and thyroid glands. Although it has
not been tested in humans, it has been shown to be carcinogenic in mice.
It is always advisable to start
using skin whitening creams only after you have consulted your dermatologist.
Your dermatologist is in the best position to advise you on the creams best
suited for your skin.
Safer, natural alternatives exist
for those wishing to gets that lighter skin tone without dealing with the
adverse effects of chemical ingredients. Arbutin
and kojic acid are examples of natural ingredients that are effective for skin
lightening. Arbutin is an extract
gotten from the leaves of berry plants such as blueberry and cranberry. Kojic
acid results from rice fermentation. There are even skin bleaching remedies that you can make right at home. An example
is the orange peel paste where you grind sun-dried orange peels and mix the
powder with milk. You than apply the resulting paste onto your skin and leave
for about 15 minutes.
For best results, use skin care
products that contain retinol.
Retinoic acid will trigger the production of collagen which makes your skin
firmer. It will also increase production of new skin cells which makes your
skin appear younger. The bottom line is that having an unblemished and fair
complexion is indeed something you can achieve.
I want to buy underarm whiting but dont want to use hydroquinone, can u please advise me which products u carry do not have hydroquinone
All of our products are free of hydroquinone, also free of mercury, lead or any other harmful ingredients.
Am trying to order some products but don't know how to go about it on the website.thanx
hi can u advise me ..i have sunburn what can i use,c i was very light before but now am dark...my friend said dat i should use q7 cream nd d shoower gel....what do u think
Hi Wunmi, I would recommend the following set: http://www.flawlessbeautyandskin.com/Authentic-Relumins-Advance-White-Body-Whitening-Exfoliating-Set-Great-for-Old-Scars-Marks_p_413.html It works great on dark skin. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks,