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Mar 14, 2022
What is Hydroquinone?
Hydroquinone is a type of chemical that can be found in most cosmetics. The use of hydroquione is to kill melanocytes, a type of cell that acts to produce melanin. For that the skin will look brighter and whiter.
Actually hydroquione material is used for the picture washing process. Unfortunately today it is widely mixed in various cosmetic brands as a skin whitening agent that causes the skin to become thinner and flaky.
In fact hydroquinone is very dangerous and is a very strong chemical, it is also used in the process of ‘photo-herbicides’, rubber processing and ‘hair dye’ processing.
In 2006, the FDA (Food and Drug Association) in America had proposed to ban the sale of 2% hydroquinone to the public without a doctor’s permission. This means that only a doctor can approve the use of hydroquinone even with a strength of 2%. Although it is still in the proposal, but this shows this substance can be dangerous and not suitable for sale without a prescription.
If used sparingly, among the side effects are burning and redness on the rubbed area. Sometimes the skin becomes darker than before. It gradually diminished.
The effects of allergy to hydroquinone have also been seen in the wearer. Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin allergy when exposed to this drug. (see picture above). Ochronosis is a skin disease that rarely occurs when using hydroquinone. It causes the skin to become thick and black where the skin is exposed to the substance. It usually happens to black people.
Although there are no complete data on humans, experiments on animals have shown a link between hydroquinone and skin cancer. There is also a hypothesis (not yet proven) that links this substance to leukemic cancer. This is because hydroquinone is a metabolite result from the breakdown of benzene, a type of cancer -causing agent.
The use of hydroquinone by pregnant and lactating mothers should be avoided as no specific studies have been conducted.
Hydroquinone side effects:
- Darkening of skin areas, especially if exposed to sunlight or artificial UV light.
- Areas of skin can be injured, burned, dry and itchy before the chemical of the toxin absorbs further into the face.
- Also causes other fatal side effects such as shortness of breath, asthma attacks, swelling of the lips, face and tongue and rashes.
- If in contact with the eyes, it can also cause burns to the eyes and affect vision. Long -term use can cause the skin to turn black.
- If not used for a few days the skin will become black and patchy.
- It can also inhibit the pigmentation process where, this process reduces the protection of the skin from ultara purple rays and excessive sunlight that can potentially get skin cancer.
The European Union (EU) has banned the use of hydroquinone since time immemorial.
What is Tretinoin?
It is a chemical derived from vitamin A and is commonly used in the treatment of acne (acne vulgaris).
Side effects of Tretinoin:
- Burning of the skin, itching, flaky skin and dryness, increased blackheads and the skin becomes sensitive to ultra violet light.
The long-term effects of products containing this ingredient, can disfigure the face, and users are advised to stop using it if they feel a stinging effect or reddish facial skin after wearing it.
And the advice issued, women should not be passionate about whitening facial skin by using products whose safety is uncertain.
In Malaysia, the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau will not register cosmetics that contain hydroquinone and these products are classified as unregistered products.
Thankfully, Miss Elwani’s VCO Bar facial soap has undergone laboratory testing and the results are FREE of Hydroquinone and Tretinoin. Thanks to MAFI for providing a GRANT for us to undergo various laboratory tests for all our products.
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