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Hydroquinone - banned as dangerous

Hydroquinone-Banned in the EU since 2001

The fact that many countries around the world have banned Hydroquinone is no coincidence - Hydroquinone based products have caused disfigurement and permanent scarring to hundreds of thousands of faces around the world.

Dermatologists say prolonged use of Hydroquinone products destroys the skin’s protective outer layer & may cause temporary or permanent discoloration of the skin. Ultimately, it can damage the nerves or even lead to kidney failure or skin cancer, and so prove fatal.

Many women all over the world have permanent dark marks on their faces, the result of using creams containing Hydroquinone which practically make the skin peel off in strips.

Neurological effects of Hydroquinone include;

  • Headache
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness
  • Delirium
  • Muscle twitching
  • Tremor and convulsions
  • Nausea, vomiting, and the production of green to brown-green urine may also occur.

Hydroquinone may be irritating and corrosive to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. Jaundice (yellow tint to skin) may be noticed.

A study published under the joint sponsorship of the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Labour Organisation and the World Health Organisation into the health risks of Hydroquinone recommended that;

" In view of the widespread inappropriate use of skin-lightening creams, it is recommended that over-the-counter sales of creams containing Hydroquinone be restricted. Health Education Programmes should be developed to discourage the use of Hydroquinone-containing creams for whole body skin lightening "

Hydroquinone as a cosmetic ingredient is banned in the European Union.



As of January 2001, cosmetic products containing the ingredient Hydroquinone are banned in the EU & UK. This comes about after more than 10 years of lobbying by safety campaigners & organisations all over the world.


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