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?
Let’s 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.
Hypopigmentation: 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.
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.
The American Journal of 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:
- p-Dihydroxyl benzene
- p-Hydroxyl phenol
I don’t take any ingredient for granted.
All of my formulae undergo vigorous tests before I feel comfortable using certain ingredients on our customer’s 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 to help you achieve that Cleopatra complexion.
Follow the link to read about natural ingredients that treat sunspots on skin.