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Can You Trust Hydroquinone for Ethnic Skin Care?

If you've ever looked for an ingredient to lighten your skin, 9 out of 10 times, the solution presented was hydroquinone. While it's known to lighten your complexion, it will also darken your complexion. That's right! Prolonged use of hydroquinone will actually have the opposite affect on your skin, you will get darker.

Not only will hydroquinone lighten your skin, it will in essence "bleach" your skin. Some people have spoken of great results from using this ingredient, however the long term effects on your skin can be devastating. Did yo know that hydroquinone has been linked to cancer. While it's still being used in the United States, hydroquinone has been banned in several countries including South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.

Hydroquinone, Does it Represents Big Bucks for Cosmetic Giants?

Although FDA approved, when used on brown/ethnic skin, hydroquinone is known to have harmful effects on the nerves in your skin. In the United States, hydroquinone is marketed for use on skin that's challenged with hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. Hyperpigmentation, dark spots and uneven skin tones are the number 1 challenge in skin conditions in the ethnic market.

When you've got such a large population of people that want even skin tones and flawless looking skin, cosmetic companies will give you what you want. However it can come at a great expense to you.

In the U.S. hydroquinone can be sold over the counter as 2% in creams. Dermatologist can actually prescribe creams that contain as much as 4%. When a product is used on your skin, it is absorbed into your blood stream. Common sense tells you that whatever is absorbed into your blood stream is also filtered into your organs.

Hydroquinone Linked to Serious Conditions

It's a known fact that when mercury is used in filling for your teeth, there are long term affects that can occur. High levels of mercury have been associated with hydroquinone. Long term absorption of mercury by your skin has been known to damage your nervous system as well as cause liver and kidney failure.

Cancer, particularly Leukemia, has been lined to the use of hydroquinone. Ochronosis is a disorder that's characterized by blue-black or slate-gray hyperpigmentation that results from the prolonged use of hydroquinone.

Finishing up ..

This article doesn't even scratch the surface when it comes to information about hydroquinone, so at your leisure, do some more research, you'll be happy you did.

That's it for this week, As always ...

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