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hydroquinoneHydroquinone has been the gold standard for use in treating hyperpigmentation. It has been banned in Europe, Japan and many other countries. It is still used in the U.S. and Canada in product up to 2% for estheticians and 4% by physicians. There has been a lot of controversy linked to hydroquinone that the ingredient has carcinogenic properties (especially breast cancer, studies are ongoing). Five states in the U.S. has now joined the bandwagon banning its use: New York, New Hampshire, Montana, Massachusetts and Texas.

Have no fear, there are new skin lightening products on the market that are hydroquinone-free. Sales for these new products are expected to go through the roof, especially since Baby Boomers are heading into their retirement years (72 million). Look for these new products:

ZO Skin Health (owned by Dr. Obagi)
∙ C-Bright 10% Vitamin C Serum
∙ BrightAlive Non-Retinol Skin Brightener
∙ Brightamax

Jan Marini Age Intervention Line
∙ Enlighten MD
∙ Enlighten Plus

Skin Medica – Lytera Skin Brightening Complex

Eminence Organics’ Bright Skin

Neocutis’ Nouvelle + Retinol Creme

To read more on this topic, click on the following links:

McDougall, A. (2015). Cosmetics Design, “Hydroquinone-free products on the rise in US professional skin care, says Kline”. Retrieved March 16, 2015, from: http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Product-Categories/Skin-Care/Hydroquinone-free-products-on-the-rise-in-US-professional-skin-care-says-Kline/?utm_source=newsletter_product&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=16-Mar-2015&c=KyHiBf2DbZi%2Fi9HTk%2FnixkfSCOb86at3

Skin, Inc. (2015). “Hydroquinone-free products excel as hyperpigmentation climbs”. Retrieved March 11, 2015, from: http://www.skininc.com/treatments/facial/brightening/Hydroquinone-free-Products-Excel-as-Hyperpigmentation-Climbs-295930231.html