That classic English rose complexion.

It’s what many of us strive for.

But could it be that one of these lightening ingredients is actually doing more harm than good?

Lets take a look at the facts

I rarely do scare mongering about ingredients.

However I feel the ingredient hydroquinone, should in this instance go under the spotlight:

Contact Dermatitis: Repeated topical use can cause contact dermatitis.
Hypo pigmentation: Regular use creates white patches on dark skin.
Carcinogenic: There is a school of thought, that hydroquinone is a potent cytotoxic, causing mutations and alterations to DNA. So much so in fact, that it is banned in France!
Exogenous Ochronosis: Regular use can cause irregular mottled blue black staining, when the skin and nails are exposed to the sun.

Exogenous Ochronosis can also cause premature ageing, it damages fibroblasts in the dermis, resulting in a loss of elasticity and poor wound healing in the skin.

More reasons to avoid Hydroquinone
In 1982 a rule was drawn up by the FDA, that up to 2% hydroquinone, was safe and effective to use in over the counter products.

However, in 2006 this ruling was withdrawn, because of its link with exogenous ochronosis.

The journal of American toxicology, also found evidence it can cause cancer in rodents.

In New Zealand it has been banned as a skin lightening agent in cosmetics, yet worryingly, it is still found in a number of illegal products sold here.

Interestingly, the Environmental Protection Agency does not permit the use of this ingredient by an aesthetician for skin whitening purposes.

If this is the case why is it still available to use?
Since 2014, the FDA has recommended further studies to be carried out under the noxious toxicology program, to determine exactly what risk hydroquinone poses, until then it is still available for sale.

However we think you’d agree, you may want to avoid this most controversial of ingredients.

But there is a catch, because hydroquinone falls under many guises:

  • Quinol
  • Benzene-1
  • 4-Diol
  • p-Diphenol
  • p-Dihydroxyl benzene
  • Hydrochinone
  • p-Hydroxyl phenol
  • Hydrochinonium
  • Hydroquinol

I don’t take any ingredient for granted.

All of my formulas undergo vigorous tests, before I feel comfortable using certain ingredients on our customers skin, a painstaking but important task.

As a result I have found some wonderful safe alternatives to skin lightening, natural extracts that have a skin lightening effect, helping you to achieve that Cleopatra complexion.

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