Hydroquinone works by inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment that causes darkening of the skin and leads to hyperpigmentation. Many dermatologists consider hydroquinone to be the most effective skin-lightening ingredient available, and it’s the only skin-lightening agent approved by the FDA.
Currently, the FDA limits over-the-counter concentrations to 2% and prescription concentrations to 5%. In Europe and Asia, all levels of hydroquinone require a prescription, but it is not banned, as some misinformation purports.
There’s been a lot of buzz about naturally-derived alternatives in light of the controvery over hydroquinone. However, while many women see results from other ingredients, it’s important to note that they have not been proven to work, nor are they FDA-approved for skin-lightening.
Additionally, most dermatologists feel that hydroquinone side effects are very rare and that consumers can use it to treat freckles, sun spots, liver spots, melasma and post-acne spots without fear.
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