Research has proven the side effects of hydroquinone skin bleaching creams and you should be aware of its dangers before buying products using this ingredient. Though ”beauty”, is a relative word, specific to each one’s interpretation, there is a growing perception that a woman with smooth glowing skin is more sought after than her peers with manifestations of aging catching up with them.
Although this argument rages on, further inroads are being made by researchers into the psychological perceptions of beauty. With age however, our skin tones deteriorate to expose brown marks and discoloration, which appear as pigmentation on our skin.
It is at this stage that many are worry and start looking for effective solutions to tackle the problem at hand. Your initial reaction might well be to reach out to hydroquinone creams for pigmentation, glorified in the past as a miracle bleaching product.
Considered then, as God’s own gift to mankind, hydroquinone has now fallen from grace due to allegations of inciting cancer and a variety of other side effects.
It cannot, however, be denied that, at one time it was considered the Rolls Royce among skin whiteners, for its effectiveness and quick results.
To be specific, for the advantage of the readers, hydroquinone is an aromatic organic compound, a type of phenol if you like, with two hydroxyl groups bonded to a benzene ring, in para-position, and hydroquinone are the solid granular derivatives of the primary compound.
Under the circumstances, the use of products with hydroquinone should be reviewed critically and better alternatives without any side effects must be identified safely to serve the purpose of whitening your skin.
Skin lighteners, are mainly used to restrain the aggressive production and aggregation of melanin, or hyper-pigmentation, resulting from hormonal and other changes in the body.
Melanin is a product of melanocyte cells, which are activated by an enzyme known as tyrosinase, and it would be interesting to note that the tan, which you so fondly yearn for, is melanin’s response with enhanced production, in deference to the abundant sunlight.
Over a period of time, with constant application of the right product, the skin regains its original tone. Hydroquinone, acts to restrict the propagation of tyrosinase, and thus retards and eradicates the problems arising from melanin.
Recent studies about the side effects of using hydroquinone on rodents have proven the product as controversial, and potentially inclined to invite cancer and other side effects leading to ochronosis (thickening and darkening of skin, especially for people of color), abnormal function of the adrenal glands, severe allergic reactions, blood diseases and on the skin: dryness, tingling, redness as well as blistering.
The latest generation of skin products, which can bleach, as well as stem the tide of hyper-pigmentation, are all milder and safer, but you are advised to use a liberal quantity of sun-screen lotion, to keep away from the harmful effects of excessive exposure to the sun.
It is imperative that you consult a doctor, and have a skin evaluation done, in order to ensure that the issues are not related to more serious problems.
Hydroquinone has been banned in several countries, and the very survival in the US, seems to be a time bound one, as the FDA is said to be considering banning it or converting it to a prescription format.
Some of the alternatives to hydroquinone are:
1. Other tyrosinase restrictors like arbutin and dexarbutyn, known to be far safer, and are increasingly being used in the skin lightening industry.
2. Kojic and azelaic acids from micro organisms
4. Vitamin B, C and vitamin E from other sources.
5. Other products which help to restrict the rise of melanin to the skin surface are extracts of soymilk and soybean.
6. Peptides palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 are known for their value in skin care and lightening.
8. Exfoliation with alpha and beta-hydroxy acids are known to give good results.
Personally, with all the hydroquinone side effects, I wouldn't risk my health so my skin can look lighter, but if you want to pursue a lighter tone for your skin or get rid of pigmentation go for non-hydroquinone skin lighteners with the maximum botanical extracts, which are believed to promote good skin lightening without side effects.
When shopping for skin lightening products, ensure that it does not contain even traces of hydroquinone and confirm the presence of the other alternate ingredients, discussed herein above.
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