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A KNOWN CARCINOGEN!!!!
on January 19, 2016
I was extremely happy with the results of this product UNTIL I read about the active agent in this product that causes these (skin brightening/lightening) "fantastic" results. Hydroquinone is a KNOWN carcinogen. I am not a doctor but I would NEVER advise anyone to use this product- and most esp during pregnancy! This seems to be when many women have problems with skin pigmentation (usu due to hormones), and are often looking for products to remedy their skin discoloration. What a stupid system we have here in the US when bans are put on natural supplements and products like this are sold without any warning labels!
Please do your own research. I will include what was written in Wikipedia (but check your sources and you will see this is not new information!)
In human medicine, hydroquinone is used as a topical application in skin whitening to reduce the color of skin. It does not have the same predisposition to cause dermatitis as metol does. This use is banned in some countries, including the member states of the European Union under Directive 76/768/EEC:1976.
In 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration revoked its previous approval of hydroquinone and proposed a ban on all over-the-counter preparations. The FDA stated that hydroquinone cannot be ruled out as a potential carcinogen. This conclusion was reached based on the extent of absorption in humans and the incidence of neoplasms in rats in several studies where adult rats were found to have increased rates of tumours, including thyroid follicular cell hyperplasias, anisokaryosis (variation in nuclei sizes), mononuclear cell leukemia, hepatocellular adenomas and renal tubule cell adenomas. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has also highlighted concerns.
Numerous studies have revealed that hydroquinone can cause exogenous ochronosis, a disfiguring disease in which blue-black pigments are deposited onto the skin, if taken orally; however, skin preparations containing the ingredient are administered topically. The FDA has classified hydroquinone currently as a safe product, as currently used.
While using hydroquinone as lightening agent can be effective with proper use, it can also cause skin sensitivity. Using a daily sunscreen with a high PPD (persistent pigment darkening) rating reduces the risk of further damage. Hydroquinone is sometimes combined with alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliate the skin to quicken the lightening process. In the United States, topical treatments usually contain up to 2% in hydroquinone. Otherwise, higher concentrations (up to 4%) should be prescribed and used with caution."
Be careful what you apply to your skin. Transdermal application is often more effective (and in this case more detrimental) for your body.
Personally I have started using Glutathione 500 mg orally for skin brightening, as it is a known antioxidant already produced by my own body.
Anyway, I hope this helps someone out there.