Though be warned.
This product is not for everyone.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved over-the -counter skin lightening
treatments containing up to 2% of hydroquinone.
Higher concentrations, up to 4%, are only available by prescription and the treatment is monitored by a Physician.
Hydroquinone is found naturally in a wide variety of organic products including berries, pears, wheat, and coffee.
Hydroquinone works to inhibit the enzyme that
produces elevated pigmentation.
Sun exposure, skin injury, acne, and UV rays can create excessive production of melanin pigment resulting in:
Melanocytes make melanin, producing skin tone. Hydroquinone bleaches the skin by decreasing the number of melanocytes present.
In cases of hyperpigmentation, elevated melanocyte production increases the amount of melanin. Hydroquinone products work to control melanocytes, allowing the skin, over-time, to become more evenly toned.
As with most OTC skin care treatments, hydroquinone products are not a permanent solution or cure for a mottled skin tone, age spots or other
discolorations. Any of the causes that created
an elevated production of melanin pigment will trigger the problem to reoccur.
Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen is essential to not only protect the skin while using hydroquinone but also as an integral part of every anti-aging skin care routine.
It takes an average of four weeks for a hydroquinone product to take
effect. It may take a few months of consistent use before seeing significant results.
Though, be aware that medical studies have indicated that prolonged use may actually result in adverse effects.
Topical Depigmentation Agents: FDA Warning- Hydroquinone 4% Skin Bleaching Cream
Check with your dermatologist or Physician before use, especially if you have sensitive skin or a medium-to-dark skin tone. They can advise you on how you should use this ingredient, if at all.
While hydroquinone may help lighten your skin, this ingredient simply isn’t
appropriate for everyone.
Fortunately, there are many alternatives to hydroquinone products, including natural skin lightening products, chemical facial peels and home spa facial laser treatments.
Common ingredients found in OTC skin lightening products:
Use an all-natural fruit acid
right from your kitchen!
Grap a citrus such as an orange, grapefruit, lemon or lime.
Dab on hyperpigmented areas.
It's quick, easy and inexpensive.
Natural Skin Care