Hydroquinone acid is one of the famous skin lightening compound that helps to treat melasma, hyperpigmentation, freckles, dark spots and brown spots. This organic compound is available in the form of creams, gels, lotions and soaps.
Yes, it’s true that Hydroquinone acid helps in skin lightening.It lighten the skin by blocking the production of melanin. ( Melanin provides color to your skin and excess melanin can make your skin dark & pigmented)
Use of sunscreen is a must while using hydroquinone. Avoid unnecessary sun exposures and cover the treated areas with clothing. Even minimal exposure to sunlight can reverse the bleaching effect of hydroquinone.
Do not use hydroquinone creams with other creams that contain peroxides (hydrogen peroxide/benzoyl peroxide), salicylic acid, resorcinol, phenol.This may produce a dark stain on your skin which can be removed by stopping the use of peroxides and washing with soap and water. Do not use it around your eyes.
But it has some side effects too as hydroquinone may lead to contact Vitiligo, which means you can completely lose pigment in areas of your skin. It can also increase the skin sensitivity. Hydroquinone may initially lighten pigment but after some months it darkens and disfigures the skin. So do not use it continuously. Use it only for some period of time and only on major affected areas.
Food sources of hydroquinone acid :-
- Wheat products.
- Red wine.
- Wheat cereals.
- Coffee & tea.
As per me, Use hydroquinone products only if you’re suffering from Major dark spots, pigmentation, freckles and melasma. Just apply it on your affected areas to treat your problem only for some period of time. If you’re suffering from moderate skin problems then you can go for Vitamin C products. Do not use in case of minor skin ailments.
According to dermatologists, 2% hydroquinone products are safe to treat dark spots, pigmentation, freckles and melasma.
Use it only after proper consultation with your dermatologists.