From “beautyeditor.ca”: Why Hydroquinone Is Bad For You

There is an excellent article posted in today’s Beauty Editor.  Michelle is contributing editor/writer for publications such as ELLE Canada, FLARE, FASHION, GlowChatelaine, Today’s Parent, Best Health, among others.  In this very informative article, she gives a detailed look at the modern world of skin lightening, and the potential detriments of using Hydroquinone products;

You can read the entire article HERE;

Michelle writes;

“There are several reasons why I don’t think using hydroquinone is a good idea:

  • It whitens skin by killing—yes, KILLING—your skin’s pigment cells. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want to intentionally off my own cells.
  • It can cause irritation and contact dermatitis.
  • It degenerates collagen and elastin fibres (which, uh, we’re supposed to be *strengthening* to keep ourselves looking young and fresh).
  • In darker-skinned individuals, it may cause ochronisis, which is a skin disorder characterized by “progressive sooty darkening.” Right.
  • It’s known to cause DNA damage and mutations.
  • Most scary of all, it’s linked to cancers in humans such as leukemia.”

She does qualify that “these things are associated with large doses over extended periods of time, which is why you’re not supposed to use products with hydroquinone any longer than six months.”  However, as she points out – why take any risks when there are excellent alternatives on the market now that don’t contain Hydroquinone?  These include her personal favorite – which you may be able to guess, but here is the quote:

“…You may have heard me mention this [Lumixyl] line before, and that’s because I heart it so much. The buzz is that it delivers results similar to hydroquinone, but without the toxicity. Yes please!”

This article covers several products and is a very personal and informative look at the alternatives for healthier, clearer skin – So visit the link and give it a good read.

http://beautyeditor.ca/2010/10/27/why-hydroquinone-is-bad-for-you-albeit-effective-and-the-whiteningbrightening-line-i-recommend-instead/

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One Response to From “beautyeditor.ca”: Why Hydroquinone Is Bad For You

  1. In your comment you state that “there has never been a study done on humans that indicated it has any adverse effect”. Actually there are a number of studies that indicate this. One of the more recent journal publications is found here;

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B75J2-5178VND-1&_user=10&_coverDate=01/31/2011&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_origin=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=acb48f1ad780dc5298fcbc5167eed2a5&searchtype=a

    You also state that “in all clinical studies, it has out-peformed all other ingredients/creams”. That is true for many ingredients/creams. But the prestigious Jouranal of Investigative Drugs published a studie that included the Lumixyl peptide and showed that it was as effective as Hydroquinone, and actually more potent as a tirosinase inhibitor. That study can be found here;

    http://www.nature.com/jid/journal/v129/n9/full/jid2009124a.html

    Note the “results summary” of this study says “On the basis of the above results, we focused our attention on peptides P3 and P4. Figure 2 shows the time–response curves and indicates that P3 and P4 exhibited similar inhibitory activity as HQ. Moreover, peptide P4 showed a more potent inhibitory effect at concentrations as low as 50 μm.”

    I hope this information is helpful – but I am glad you have had good results with HQ as well.

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