Question: Is hydroquinone good or bad?

To date, hydroquinone is deemed safe in the United States. There isnt any clinical evidence currently to suggest that hydroquinone is harmful to humans. However, minor side effects are still possible. It may cause a temporary uptick in redness or dryness at first, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Is hydroquinone safe to use?

Hydroquinone is a chemical that a person can use to lighten their skin tone. It is available as a cream, gel, lotion, or emulsion. Hydroquinone is generally safe to use, but some people may experience side effects, such as dry skin.

Is hydroquinone safe for long term use?

Dr. Purvisha Patel also cautions against using hydroquinone for a long time. “Theres also a phenomenon called ochronosis, or increased pigmentation/darkening of the skin that is caused by hydroquinone in high concentrations and with long-term use,” she explains.

Does hydroquinone really cause cancer?

In the U.S., they also are marketed for reducing age spots and blemishes. The reason cited for the proposed ban is that studies in rodents show some evidence that hydroquinone may act as a carcinogen or cancer-causing chemical, although its cancer-causing properties have yet to be proved in humans.

What are the long-term effects of hydroquinone?

Chronic adverse events related to exposure to hydroquinone are of greater concern. These complications include ochronosis, nail discoloration, conjunctival melanosis, and corneal degeneration. Ochronosis is the most common chronic complication related to long-term use of hydroquinone.

How long should you stop using hydroquinone?

Hydroquinone is applied topically just to the hyperpigmented skin only, twice daily for 3 months, after which time many patients maintain their improvement by using it twice each week. If there has been no benefit after 3 months of treatment, then the hydroquinone should be stopped.

What are the side effects of using hydroquinone?

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Hydroquinone?Mild skin irritation and sensitization (burning, stinging)Dermatitis.Dryness.Redness.Inflammatory reaction.

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