Hydroquinone-Free Products for Hyperpigmentation

According to the leading cosmetics industry and market research organization, Kline & Company, “While hydroquinone (HQ) has been the standard ingredient in the physician dispense area for the treating of hyperpigmentation, this component is surrounded by controversy owing to some of its related side effects. Europe has already banned HQ in concentrations higher than 1%; it has been banned from five U.S states – New York, Texas, New Hampshire, Montana, and Massachusetts.” Kline also sees this trend as the reason for the rise of hydroquinone-free or HQ-free skin brightening products that features other options to HQ.

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Getting Rid of Dark Spots

Discoloration is a reality of life. Early brown patches and dark spots, could be as a result of lifestyle or heredity, but at a particular age, we all get some of it. Several uncontrollable factors cause the skin to become darker (hyperpigmentation), starting with the increase in melanin, the substance responsible for the regulation of pigment. Primarily, hyperpigmentation is caused by over-exposure to the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. But dark spots can also be seen due to melasma which causes them to generate over time into acne or other skin trauma. Of course, the worst culprit is the increase in sun exposure, says a Beverly Hills Dermatologist, Dr. Zein Obagi. 

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