Dangers Of Hydroquinone Skin Treatments

Hydroquinone is commonly used for skin whitening nowadays. The question is, what is hydroquinone? Hydroquinone is a component of skin care products, and is an organic chemical compound. Since it is also used as a raw component for making herbicides and other products, many wonder if this compound is safe for human use. There are several studies conducted to test the safety of its use on human skin. Hydroquinone is believed to be a potential cancer causing chemical. It formed tumors to grow on rats when hydroquinone was tested on them. It is also proven that it can cause dark blue pigmentation on skin, called exogenous ochronosis. Exogenous ochronosis, a bluish black coloration is known to occur in some hydroquinone treatment users. In some hydroquinone whitener users, a condition called exogenous ochronosis occurred in a small percentage of users.

There is also a commercial about hydroquinone whiteners. An apple was treated with a hydroquinone whitening toner and it turned to black. The same could also be the effect for human skin. Hydroquinone, verified to cause cancer on rats is banned for cosmetic use in 2001. Proof that it can cause cancer on humans is not yet available. Hydroquinone can cause dryness, itchiness and redness. Although its usefulness is proven, its adverse effects should also be considered. Its significance should be thought over. Sodium metabisulphate is a allergen that most are allergic to, and sometimes it is found in hydroquinone treatments. A medical prescription is required if you want to buy a hydroquinone treatment. If someone has any allergies, this is an important reminder.

Hydroquinone is still used in some products, with little concentration so look at the product labels you will be purchasing. Check if it contains hydroquinone, if you don’t want any hydroquinone treatment. Products with hydroquinone however are still manufactured, even the percentage of it is just small, it is still risky. Exogenous ochronosis, dermatitis and hyper pigmentation are some more risks of using hydroquinone on skin treatment.

Wanting to treat your skin from some diseases or discoloration does not need to put your whole body at risk. So does wanting to have a fair glowing skin, but it should not come with a price you can’t afford to put your health in danger. Effectiveness and safety of the treatment to be used should be ensured first. Being satisfied with your skin hue is a sure way to be beautiful.


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