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Is hydroquinone safe for skin decoration?

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Dr. James Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Sun block is key

Skin lighteners such as kojic acid, hydroquinone, and plant extracts should only be used if proper sun protection is used.
Over the counter products are safe and generally contain 2% kojic acid which limit their effectiveness. They work by blocking the production of melanin which is the natural pigment in the skin cells. Always check with a dermatologist to make sure there are no contraindications.

In brief: Sun block is key

Skin lighteners such as kojic acid, hydroquinone, and plant extracts should only be used if proper sun protection is used.
Over the counter products are safe and generally contain 2% kojic acid which limit their effectiveness. They work by blocking the production of melanin which is the natural pigment in the skin cells. Always check with a dermatologist to make sure there are no contraindications.
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