A Popular Skin Lightener May Be Banned

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Who doesn’t have sun damage these days? Have you noticed more sun spots on the left side of your face? These are caused by the sun exposure that you get while driving (without sun screen of course). With the possibility that the popular skin lightener hydroquinone may be pulled from store shelves, what are we to do? Hydroquinone has been pulled from store shelves and cosmetic counters in Japan and most of Europe, and now the FDA is warning that the skin-lightening ingredient may be carcinogenic (when taken orally) and is considering a potential ban, unless it is prescribed by a physician. Our advice: Err on the side of caution and opt for skin-lighteners that contain azelaic acid, kojic acid, licorice extract or other lightening ingredients.

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