Natural Hydroquinone

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Natural Skin Lightning and Skin Whitening. Get a lighter skin complexion, the way nature intended

Many African-American women desire a lighter skin complexion, and a skin that is even and toned. There are lots of women who are fighting with dark spots on their skin and dark areas, and although black is beautiful, blotchy pigments and unhealthy skin is unwanted.

Regardless of what the reasons may be, there is no doubt that the use of skin lightning creams is becoming more and more popular among people with dark skin. But this doesn’t mean that any cream on the shelf is safe for you and your skin. Many creams still use harsh ingredients and chemicals such as mercury, steroids and hydroquinone. This might not mean a lot to you, but it can actually have a destructive impact on your skin. Even if you are using these types of creams and lotions without seeing any side effects, you should probably know the dangers of the substances.

Hydroquinone for example, does not make your skin lighter nor bleaches your skin. Hydroquinone actually interferes with your skin structure, altering your natural state and limiting the production of melanin – the substance responsible for your natural skin color. It means that you take away your skin’s natural protection, making it vulnerable to skin cancer. The use of hydroquinone is dangerous and it is even illegal in several countries around the world.

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78 Responses to Natural Hydroquinone

  1. <3 says:

    SKIN BLEACHING!!?!!??!!?!? HELP ( especially anyone who knows about active ingredients)?
    Marque Deposee: Natural Bleach 3 Cream, 2 oz
    It DOES NOT contain Hydroquinone which causes cancer

    theses are the active iingredients

    Glycerine, Zinc Oxide, Ground Barley, Water, Oyster Shell Powder, Lemon Juice, Honey, With Hazel, Bentonite, Papain, Irish Moss Powder, Salicylic Acid, Fragrance.

    Any harmful ingredients??
    I know about using homemade bleaching ( lemons, ect) ive tried but my freckles are too dark 🙁
    Im fair skinned by the way. Please don’t say “keep freckles” because im not going to, please help
    also what should i do besides wear sun screen and staying out of the sun to keep up with maintaining the skin without freckles. What are the side effects if i do go out in the sun

    • DiRo82 says:

      The ingredients look great… be careful with the salicylic tho, it will make you more photo sensitive. Just use it at night & of course SPF during the day.

      Unfortunately being that they are freckles, they’re just inevitable. Anything that’s genetic is generally permanent unless you having something more drastic done like laser. Topical products will more than likely just have a temporary affect, once you stop using them they will come right back. The irregular pigmentation isn’t superficial, it’s from deep down in the dermal layers of the skin & that’s just your natural melanin makeup.

      Going out in the sun of course will make them darker & make you more susceptible to more pigment issues in the future. Your best way to maintain it just to continue what you’re doing… staying out of the sun & wearing SPF. There’s no way to bleach your skin from the inside out :o/ Sorry

  2. ryanjmd says:

    How to get pale skin? Please help…?
    Would it be at all possible for 2% hydroquinone cream to make my skin skin go from olive to pale white…like to this Color:
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/zmoqed/white-1.jpg

    This is what my natural skin color looks like without tanning:

    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/zmoqed/tttt.jpg

    Oh, and im a boy, and im not gay, so if its something like serious i have to do with my skin to get it whiter. Thanks 🙂
    I have tried to stay out of the sun and put strong sunblock on whenever im in the sun.. but thats as light as it’ll get.

  3. dzoza says:

    what are the natural effective skin whitening cream that equals to hydroquinone?
    do anyone had experienced effectiveness in skin lightening with natural ingredients…any website?or any names of creams?

    • LizaMarie says:

      Please do not try using cream with hydroquinone because your face will turn dark and it will lead to melasma.. Always use a cream that they have the expensive ingredients because thats very effective like the authentic diana stalder products in a nice packaging and not the one with just plain label.. If you want to check the authentic diana stalder and read the customers testimonials.. check it here
      http://www.philippineskincare.com/

  4. kaaydenn says:

    How to pair hydroquinone with AHAs? please help!?
    my doctor prescribed 2% hydroquinone for me to treat pigmentation on my face.

    I have read on the net that AHAs help speed up the depigmentation process by speeding up exfoliation and enabling the HQ to penetrate the skin better.

    I own a product with natural fruit skin peeling extracts (AHAs I think) called Garnier Overnight Whitening Peeling Cream. How do I combine the 2 for better results? Which do I apply first and how long to leave it on for?

    Thank yall SO MUCH in advance!!!

  5. ILoveJC says:

    Are there any studies related to the benefits of Vitamin E (Tocopherol or Tocopheryl) from “natural” sources?
    By “natural”, I mean botanical sources.

    As a health-conscious consumer, I’ve been trying to find skin and haircare products free of harmful chemicals (ewg.org has been a very helpful tool). EWG illustrates how some ingredients, such as “Vitamin E” (aka “Tocopherol” or “Tocopheryl”) has a contamination concern (“HYDROQUINONE” – a highly toxic substance with a score of 10, the highest EWG hazard score!).

    Unfortunately, most products (for skin, hair, and even babies) contain Vitamin E. So, I contacted a reputable/high-end baby product manufacturer regarding the contamination concern (i.e., When can it happen? How can it can be prevented, if at all?) Their response: It may occur during manufacturing process (NOT post-production). Plus, they “claim” it does NOT apply to botanically-derived Vitamin E.

    An EWG rep informed me that this “claim” cannot be proven. I followed up with manufacturer (twice), asking for any studies that would prove their claim, but they never replied.

  6. alexander says:

    my theory on evolution. evolutionists are welcome to read?
    consider the case of the bombardier beetle. this beetle has a fully equipped chemical weapon. it has a storage vessel that holds 2 chemicals. hydroquinone, and hydrogen peroxide. normally these chemicals would react but a third chemical stored in the beetle inhibits the reaction. but when threatened, the beetle fills an empty chamber in its body with the chemicals. then, two other chemicals are released into the mixture called catalese and peroxide. these chemicals cause the hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone to react violently producing a great amount of heat and pressure in the reaction vessel shooting out a 200 degree liquid out at the enemy. now,
    any one of these chemicals, or vessels in thebeetle alone, would be useless. if the beetle had everything but the hydroquinone, they would all be useless. now evolution uses the theory of natural selection which is like a puzzle. it adds one piece to the puzzle at a time, and if that piece is useless, it takes it away, And if there is a And if there is a piece of the puzzle that is useless, then natural selction takes it away. So that means that this beetle was slowly evolving from nothing but a cell, slowly gaining different chemicals until it is the beetle it is now. But, if one chemical is useless without the other, then why didn’t natural selection just take it away? Why did it continue to add useless pieces? Did it just hope that someday, it would all fit together? no. this beetle had to have been designed by an intelligent force. Oh, I cant wait to read all the hateful answers I get for this.
    ?!?! what?!?! you mean your not all happy with me? oooh why didnt i see this coming!?! oh boo hooo. your all saying the same things. im jus gonna believe someone else and discount the possibility that MAYBE im not right about this. or is that too difficult for you?
    by the way if you wanna read the book i got this from, read “reasonable faith” by Dr. jay l wile. he ddoes raise many many good points.
    oooh ouch. yall darn plum gone and hurt my feelings!
    but caboose, if i had posted this on the science secion, we nvr would have met! and that would just break my weak, uneducated, foolish, immature, hateful little chrisian heart. we dont want that now do we?
    the grand canyon is a horribly weak argyument my frends. it was ERODED the beetle was CREATED big difference. but all your hatred must be clouding your thouhgts. ur desperately trying to grasp at an argument, and all you can come up with is weak little insults aint that right atheists? right tuff guys?

    • ... says:

      Aww, cute tantrum there at the end for rebuttal. You forgot to add neener neener neener.

      You expect anyone to engage in intelligent discourse with you when you act like that? Way to prove your point. You should take this show to universities.

  7. Truth Hurts says:

    Fade cream without hydroquinone or stariods?? 4 elbows and knees etc.?
    I need something thats safe and i dont have to keep using or change my natural skin tone..just make it even and fade the dark sports on my knees, armpits, and elbows etc. not whole body. so what works? btw am black medium toned skin..
    I said to even out my skin tone and get rid of the dark spots. Those of you with the MJ jokes first of all SUCK IT and CHOKE ON IT! very funkin happy with my skin tone dont go there with me… I NEED IT EVEN. So give Advice or SUCK IT!

    • aod669 says:

      Well, it all depends on what the cause of your dark sports are. It might be just dry skin (I’m white but sometimes I have dry skin spots due to eczema and they appear darker). So as an easy and cheap first try, just use very heavy duty moisturiser and exfoliate every day. If that doesn’t work, go look for japanese skin-care brands online. Asian markets have a lot of products aimed at lightening skin to even the color. I can’t recommend one just like that but… Maybe Shu Uemura or Shiseido might have something. Just make sure not to fall for online scams and find a company that you can actually get in trusted stores. If I find a particular product i’ll update my post here.

  8. hooker says:

    I was about to buy a cream with hydroquinone…?
    and i didn.t buy it
    i AM desperate about ridding myself of my tan
    i could care less about lightening up my natural skin colour
    because i.m pretty light
    but some thing told me not to buy it
    even though most people swear by it

    apart from losing my tan
    which other results[positive or negative] would i have achieved

    and
    if i use it once
    do i still need to keep using it
    or can you stop once your skin has been lightened.?…

    • Beatles says:

      DONT BUY IT if you don’t have dark spot or melasma is a dark spot that pregnant women gets . you just have a tan not dark spot so don’t use this hydroquinone cream works but not for your case because your not targeting anything so this type of chemicals can burn your skin or give you a allergic reaction if you don’t have this condition you cannot use it for a long time or you can be badly burned your skin. also you cannot use it all over your body & face only where you have this spots so you dont have alright .just use sunscreen everyday so you will never get a tan again & stop thinking of stupid ideas that can harm your skin use a papaya soap to lighten your skin & sunscreen ok .

  9. alexander says:

    my theory on evolution. evolutionists are welcome to read?
    consider the case of the bombardier beetle. this beetle has a fully equipped chemical weapon. it has a storage vessel that holds 2 chemicals. hydroquinone, and hydrogen peroxide. normally these chemicals would react but a third chemical stored in the beetle inhibits the reaction. but when threatened, the beetle fills an empty chamber in its body with the chemicals. then, two other chemicals are released into the mixture called catalese and peroxide. these chemicals cause the hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone to react violently producing a great amount of heat and pressure in the reaction vessel shooting out a 200 degree liquid out at the enemy. now,
    any one of these chemicals, or vessels in thebeetle alone, would be useless. if the beetle had everything but the hydroquinone, they would all be useless. now evolution uses the theory of natural selection which is like a puzzle. it adds one piece to the puzzle at a time, and if that piece is useless, it takes it away, CONTINUED EDIT

    • secretsauce says:

      Your theory?

      If you type in “bombardier beetle evolution” into Google you get

      … 14,400 hits … all of them either presenting that very idea … or showing how easily it is refuted.

      There’s even a nice YouTube video giving a nice explanation of the evolution of the bombardier beetle:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUvLR2yyWuE

  10. anonymous says:

    Black chick not trying to pull a Michael Jackson but has to bleach it anyways?
    Or to be more exact, bleach specific areas.
    I have had an accident about three years ago and the scars are still there. I have to stick with long pants/skirts to hide the scars and wear clothes with large collars to cover the sunburn on my neck. I heard scars and sunburs fade away with time or with a bit of lemon juice but it just doesn’t work on me. Some people scream when they see my scars, it’s a bit embarassing… I have Alek Welek’s knees and my face is of Amerie’s complexion. How do I get my legs’ and knees’ natural color back without Hydroquinone or all those products that give cancer?

  11. staygold says:

    Sun/liver spot removal?
    I am 28 yrs old and have fair skin. I have never been one for tanning in my younger years & have never gotten sunburned. Everyday I use SPF 15, I wear a hat when going out & in general I avoid the sun like the plague.At a very young age I have been anti-age obsessed, unline the other girls my age who would tan. So you can imagine my shock when on my left cheek I developed a SUN SPOT! First, I can’t imagine how since as I said I take so many precautions. And 2nd, I want to get rid of it. I went to a dermatologist who confirmed it was a sun spot. She put me on Tretioin 0.25% cream. However, creams like Retin-A, hyrdroquinone tend to scare me.For one, I really don’t want chemicals on my face. Hydroquinone has cancer causing properties and is banned for use in Eurpoe. And Retin-A may actually WORSEN hyperpigmentation on spots and can reoccur once you stop using it.
    What I am looking for is a NATURAL way that is effective in PERMANENTLY erasing this spot!!!!!!!!!

    • canary says:

      try applying lemon juice to the spot, avoiding the eye area since that would sting. Esoterica cream, a long-marketed product available I believe at Wal-Mart, is also a possibility.

  12. Yolee says:

    how do u lighten ur skin color????????
    i used 2 hav light colored skin when i was little but as i got older, i got darker. is there any natural way 2 lighten my skin color. if there aren’t any, then are there cheap ones u can get at target and walmart that r high quality without hydroquinone cuz i read somwhere that its bad 4 ur skin.
    PLZ HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Gem6888 says:

      you can try the palmers eventone soap to lighten your skin (really inexpensive like $3) or to get better results use it along with the palmers eventone cream that you would only use at night. Hope that helped… i dont see why you want to be lighter, appreciate what you have:)

  13. Estilion says:

    is there any legitimate proof of evolution. (i’m sorry the last one was messed up)?
    Last time all thee powers didn’t paste so i’ll post it again (sorry). And the website does have a list of sources!

    http://www.susancanthony.com/aboutSusan/evolution.html

    There are about 10 to the 70 atoms in the observable universe. There are only 10 to the 90 seconds in the 15 billion years generally said to be the age of the universe. The probability of spontaneously forming the smallest replicating protein molecule by chance is 1 in 10 to the 450. The probability of spontaneously forming proteins and DNA for the smallest self-replicating entity is 1 in 10 to the 167,626. The probability of a simple living cell reassembling itself under ideal natural conditions if all components were present but chemical bonds were broken is 1 in 10 to the 100,000,000,000. Mathematicians consider events in nature with a probability of less than 1 in 10 to the 50 to have a zero probability, i.e. to be impossible regardless of how much time is available.

    Adaptation or “fit” of organisms to their environment. In many cases, many interlocking parts would have to come about at once for any mutation to be functional enough to be naturally selected. An example is the bombardier beetle. When threatened by an enemy, it blasts boiling hot gases from two tail pipes into the face of an attacker. The explosive is made inside the beetle’s body by mixing together two dangerous chemicals (hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide). In addition to these two chemicals, the beetle manufactures another type of chemical known as an “inhibitor.” The inhibitor prevents the chemicals from blowing up and enables the beetle to store the chemicals indefinitely. When the beetle is approached by a predator, he squirts the stored chemicals into the two combustion tubes and at precisely the right moment he adds another chemical (an anti-inhibitor). This knocks out the inhibitor and a violent explosion occurs right in the face of the attacker. How could such as system, utilizing such dangerous chemicals, have evolved randomly step by step? All parts are necessary for any of them to have an adaptive advantage. The probability of more than one advantageous mutation arising at once is incredibly slim.

    Darwin himself wrote:

    If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.

    thanks once again 🙂

    • Yellow Alarm Clock says:

      If I flip a coin and it comes up heads, does that mean that there is a 50% chance that I flipped a coin?

      It is completely absud to use probabilities to determine whether an event has happened. Honestly, words cannot express how stupid that is.

      The arguments in that link are at best ridiculous, and at worst simply dishonest.

  14. Liz A says:

    HT26 Contents?
    Hi:)I am planning to start using a new cream called HT26 EXTRA-MOISTURISING & NOURISHING BODY MILK..I was wondering if this cream contains harmful chemicals like mercury,hydroquinone, ARBUTIN(Arbutin is the glycoside of hydroquinone, and bearberry is a natural source of arbutin) or any other harmful chemicals? Thank you:=)

    • daddyslittlegirl says:

      HT26 EXTRA-MOISTURISING & NOURISHING BODY MILK has been formulated from concentrated active substances, it is intended for dehydrated, dull, dry skin which cannot tolerate chalk. Enriched with sweet almond oil, glycerine and shea butter, the body milk softens the skin and makes it satin-smooth. When used every day, it helps your skin fight against the different harsh external factors, providing softness and comfort. Suitable for all skin types and the whole family.

  15. jb says:

    neutrogena products…im a massive hypochondriac?
    i have been using the visibly even line of neutrogena for years, mainly the foaming cleanser and the night concentrate. i had a bad experience with hydroquinone and now out of nowhere i have this sudden fear of that crap being in ALL products. this visibly even line is the natural way of evening skin, with retinol and vitamin C, not hydroquinone. the box now says “hydroquinone free” for the night concentrate, it never used to say it, they just added it to the box but its the same formula. i get sick to my stomach thinking…what if they put that stuff in by accident? i have this fear ever since my bad experience with hydroquinone, even though ive been using this line for like 5 years now, just because that evil word appears on the box now…in a sentence that SHOULD calm me actually (“hydroquinone free” ) it freaks me out. is it possible to have laboratory mistakes and have ingredients put in by accident? can anyone calm my hypochondriac worries?

    • Dannygirl says:

      Don’t worry at all. They probably just use that as a marketing technique. Lots of times you’ll see products which have never changed advertise something that might make it seem more desirable to some wary customers.

      For example, Twizzlers says FAT FREE. It’s ALWAYS been fat free.

      if they did “accidentally” put a chemical in, they would have had to post a disclaimer or a retraction or other type of information to the customer.

      Plus, if you had a bad reaction to hydroquinone, and was ever in that product, you would have reacted again.

      If it has never had hydroquinone, and doesn’t now, the printing on the bottle is just a gimmick.

  16. kaaydenn says:

    how to pair hydroquinone with AHAs? please help!?
    my doctor prescribed 2% hydroquinone for me to treat pigmentation on my face.

    I have read on the net that AHAs help speed up the depigmentation process by speeding up exfoliation and enabling the HQ to penetrate the skin better.

    I own a product with natural fruit skin peeling extracts (AHAs I think) called Garnier Overnight Whitening Peeling Cream. How do I combine the 2 for better results? Which do I apply first and how long to leave it on for?

    Thank yall SO MUCH in advance!!!

    • purplecat says:

      First of all, natural fruit extracts are not the same as proper AHA’s. They ara usually much milder. Look at the ingr. list. For real AHA, you need clear statement in the list that says glycolic acid, lactic acid etc.
      If you have very sturdy and non-sensitive skin, you can try layering an AHA first, wait for about 20-30 min and then add your hydro cream.
      But, to be honest, I personally would not do it. I know it’s sometimes suggested, but it still can be way too harsh. Hydroquinone is very strong ingr on its own. Try using it without anything else for several weeks and see how it goes. And make SURE you’re using a good photostable, broad spectrum sunscreen every day. Hydroquinone is a strong photosensitizer. And use it only at night. Never ever during the day.

  17. rosinha says:

    Hair removal w/ an IPL laser–worth it?
    Hey all!

    I have these coarse dark hairs that grow on my neck and jaw area (they aren’t many but they’re quite dark so they’re noticeable anyway). I’m used to plucking them, but the issue with this (especially ingrown ones) is that it leaves scarring. I have these makrs on my neck and jawline that are 2-3 shades darker than my natural skin tone.

    B/c of this I’m considering going to a professional esthetics lab where they use IPL lasers to remove unwanted hair (after several tries of course). My question is for anyone who has tried this procedure–did it work? If so, after how many tries? Did it hurt? Very $$$? I’d love to know because I’m getting really tired of these little demon hairs scarring up my face.

    Separate note: anyone know anything good for removing those hair removal scars/spots? I’ve heard hydroquinone is good. Any suggestions? Thanks soo much!!! 🙂

    • M P says:

      Plucking (tweezing), Shaving, Depilatory creams and Waxing are temporary hair removal methods. Waxing usually lasts for 3 weeks, but it is painful. Electrolysis and laser hair removal are “permanent” hair removal methods but are expensive and you have to find a trained professional, otherwise your skin could be damaged. A review of the various hair removal methods is available at http://www.hairremoval.in

  18. staygold says:

    age spot removal?
    I am 28 yrs old and have fair skin. I have never been one for tanning in my younger years & have never gotten sunburned. Everyday I use SPF 15, I wear a hat when going out & in general I avoid the sun like the plague.At a very young age I have been anti-age obsessed, unline the other girls my age who would tan. So you can imagine my shock when on my left cheek I developed a SUN SPOT! First, I can’t imagine how since as I said I take so many precautions. And 2nd, I want to get rid of it. I went to a dermatologist who confirmed it was a sun spot. She put me on Tretioin 0.25% cream. However, creams like Retin-A, hyrdroquinone tend to scare me.For one, I really don’t want chemicals on my face. Hydroquinone has cancer causing properties and is banned for use in Eurpoe. And Retin-A may actually WORSEN hyperpigmentation on spots and can reoccur once you stop using it.
    What I am looking for is a NATURAL way that is effective in PERMANENTLY erasing this spot!!!!!!!!!
    BTW for anyone who doesn’t know, there is no true SPF higher than 15. They just put that on the package but it’s a hoax. The actual protection doesn’t go any higher.

  19. JessesGirl says:

    I have tiny brown spots on my skin, really pale ones, on my forehead and nose?
    I have never had freckles, or moles to speak, but I think they are the beginning of ‘age’ spots. Is there a natural formula to get rid of them? I have a book by Dr. Periicone, … and he says the skin needs Vit Ester C, and Retinol (a) but I’m wondering if there is a simpler more natural applications, as number one… I hate to sort through all the thousands of beauty products out there, and two, the one I want are way too expensive… any advice? P.S. what I think caused it is wearing neutrogena retinol creme at night, and then going in the sun, here is the catch. I used frickin’ Neutrogena’s high SPF, but the crap does not work or something… because I have these spots, and also, I am just mad about it. there is no ‘irregular’ shapes, unhealling wounds or anything to indicate cancer, and some of my aunts have these spots, but I don’t want them so soon, they will get darker and darker so help now. PS I DONT WANT TO USE hydroquinone, the bleaching creme, as that is not cool

    • Jay W says:

      You don’t say how old you are, but I get the feeling that you are too young for age spots. They sound like freckles to me; Freckles are a sign of sun damage and will get darker with increased exposure to the sun. Your primary defense against freckles and further sun damage is sun block. Whenever you are outside, use at least an SPF 15. You may have to reapply it several times during the day, especially if you sweat or touch your face a lot.

      I don’t think that any of those creams really help much. Most of what you put on the skin doesn’t penetrate the skin. Best to take care of your skin from the inside out. Eat well, drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. Use sunblock. If the freckles bother you, put on a light foundation or powder.

  20. Captain Jack Sparrow says:

    I have a ot of dark hair on my upper lip and am very self concious. What can I do?
    I am nearly 14 and my parents don’t allow me to remove my facial hair, even if it is permanent. It costs too much, and most bleaching creams have a chemical ‘hydroquinone’ which leads to all types of cancer. So is there a natural bleach, or any way of covering/hiding the hair? Don’t tell me do wax it in secret or try threading or buy skin creams anyway because I can’t and won’t. Thank you!

  21. Berrie says:

    What’s a SAFE skin lightening cream or soap?
    Some products contain ingredients that evidentially cause skin irritation, damage, or even cancer, one example is hydroquinone.

    I heard that papaya, cucumbers, lemons, and aloe are natural ingredients that make skin lighter.
    I want your input though, from experience.
    What is a SAFE skin lightening cream or soap?

    And don’t tell me to be happy with how my skin color is now, I am.
    I just want to go back to how light i was 2 years ago.

  22. staygold says:

    Removal of sun(liver)spots.?
    I am 28 yrs old and have fair skin. I have never been one for tanning in my younger years & have never gotten sunburned. Everyday I use SPF 15, I wear a hat when going out & in general I avoid the sun like the plague.At a very young age I have been anti-age obsessed, unline the other girls my age who would tan. So you can imagine my shock when on my left cheek I developed a SUN SPOT! First, I can’t imagine how since as I said I take so many precautions. And 2nd, I want to get rid of it. I went to a dermatologist who confirmed it was a sun spot. She put me on Tretioin 0.25% cream. However, creams like Retin-A, hyrdroquinone tend to scare me.For one, I really don’t want chemicals on my face. Hydroquinone has cancer causing properties and is banned for use in Eurpoe. And Retin-A may actually WORSEN hyperpigmentation on spots and can reoccur once you stop using it.
    What I am looking for is a NATURAL way that is effective in PERMANENTLY erasing this spot!!!!!!!!!

    • notyou311 says:

      Try Porecelana or Nadinola cream. They are available at the drugstore. It takes a month to 6 weeks to work so be patient. Otherwise use a cover up stick to touch it up.

  23. pearl88 says:

    i need a natural cream/lotion for my skin, with NO HYDROQUINONE. i use H55+ and its not good on my skin. help!?
    H55+ contains Hydroquinone, it was recommended by a friend, but its so not working for me. Please could someone help me? I need a product that won’t darken my skin, and is also plant-based.
    Thanks.

  24. Mendria says:

    Help me on acne scar/marks please! Murad worth it?
    I have red marks from acne all over mostly my left cheek, some on my chin, and some on my right cheek. I have used a stick type thing that only made a bunch of annoying tiny acne bumps to come in! So I have been using an all natural oil from fonoils.com called scar no more, and it works SO fast on open new cuts and acne things, but nothing for old scars. I have very sensitive face so I cant even really use a real acne wash, thats how bad and I can only wash my face with sensitive formula once a day, with colliodial silver, and I was considering try Murads new post-acne spot lightening gel, but it has Hydroquinone, which is harsh on skin. I just really want to get rid of these red acne marks, but I dont know if I should use this or some other one I found that doesnt have hydroquinone. Has anyone used this or have suggestions? No home remedies please! thank you!

  25. Yolee says:

    how do u lighten ur skin color????????
    i used 2 hav light colored skin when i was little but as i got older, i got darker. is there any natural way 2 lighten my skin color. if there aren’t any, then are there cheap skin whitening creams that u can get at target and walmart that r high quality without hydroquinone cuz i read somwhere that its bad 4 ur skin.
    PLZ HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • calipinay says:

      Try Vicki Belo /Diana stalder products the very well known skin whitening in the Philippines but also all over the world. Get the papaya kojic soap, whitening cream and whitening lotion. They have very effective products..You can check out the site and read customers feedback and you will find out more about the products which doesnt contain hydroquinone or mercury…
      http://www.freewebs.com/pinaybeautyprodu

  26. Mikey <3 Sarah says:

    how can i get rid of dark spots on my skin (hyperpigmentation)!! (pic)?
    i have been using hydroquinone(sp) 4% for awhile and i dont think its helping.
    i also use a sunscreen (eucerin) on my face everyday too. i suffer from acne so i wash my face everynight and day with cetaphil and i use differin (as my doctor says)
    why is my skin darkening?? 8(
    oh and im only 17, and i dont use contraceptives or anything.
    please help..it makes me feel so ugly!
    i would prefer natural solutions but anything would help

    http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo189/sarahbower56/DSC05562.jpg

    • gagagirl says:

      I have the same problem, my forehead is totally different from the rest of my face. Try some lemon juice. Squeeze some lemon/lime juice. you could damp a piece of clean towel/tissue in it and apply it to the darkened spot on your face and leave it on for twenty minutes. You could also reapply the juice on your face whenever the juice is dry. Do this for twenty minutes then wash your face with cold water and apply some moisturiser and you sunscreen. Try using a sunscreen with higher SP this could help your skin to not absorb that much sunlight. And with the acne case, do the same thing with vinegar just not for twenty minutes for about 5minutes so put it one when you’re brushing your teeth and rinse it off when your showering up. Hope this helps =D

  27. simon says:

    anyone knows where i can buy kojic acid? -(OTC like walmart, walgreens, cvs, etc)?
    hey. i have acne scars on my face. im 18 and my acne has settled. but the scars are there. and they are really embarrassing, especially when i am out and girls are around lol. anyway. i did a google search on how to fade scars and alot of stuff came up with “bleaching creams” and skin whitening bla bla bla. and they contain a harmful ingredient known as “hydroquinone”. that is so not what i need right now. i heard kojic acid is a pretty safe, natural method to remove scar hyperpigmentation. so anyone from new york know where i can get a product containing kojic acid? like gel, cream, etc. and where? …thanks so much. i live in Ozone park btw. anywhere near that wud be cool. thanks.

  28. Ask ME says:

    i heard this HYDROQUINONE product is dangerous but im afraid to stop using it??!!?
    im afraid if i stop using it , i have no other alternative as im trying to fade away dark spots on my skin and dark discolorations of my skin tone..i am dark skinned…my question is, if i stop using it, what natural remedies could i use to fade away the spots??? the cream has only 2% hydroquinone…

    • Paula Y says:

      Hydroquinone is dangerous when its being abused. If you follow recommendations on the label, you really shouldn’t have any problems. There’s a product line called Obagi which has 4% hydroquinone and is only sold in doctor’s offices. It is highly effective in removing spots. You can go on their website to locate a physician in your area. Don’t worry, as long as there are spots out there, there will always be a remedy!

  29. Latin101 says:

    Skin Whitening- Hydroquinone URGENT?
    PLEASE READ THE WHOLE THING SO U CAN UNDERSTAND ME-
    Hi I´m a light-skinned Latino, but with the sun here in Texas my face and arms are noticeably darker than the rest of my body. I´m pale as a ghost everywhere else but the face, neck and arms, and I wanna be light skinned again, cuz thats my natural color. Well I just bought at Walgreens the Pamers Skin Success (Fades Dark spots evens skin tone) with 2% of hydroquinone, I know it has been tested on rats and they developed cancerous cells and stuff but it hasnt been proved that on humans it has the same effect so I don´t care about that (I mean if the FDA hasnt banned it yet and OTC products containing it are available, its not as dangerous as some people say) Ok I´m plannig o appliying it twice a day on THE WHOLE FACE? I´m gonna use the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55 Sun Block at the same time. Tell me is this safe? Has anyone used creams with hydroquinone? I dont wanna end with darker skin or I dunno, even damaged skin for ever. Please dont tell me that accept my skin color cuz I do, cuz I´m light skinned naturally but my face is really (well not really) but darker and I wanna be kinda whiter (that sounds bad anyways).

    P.S. I really have to walk on campus and I expose myself to the sun like a lot but since I´m wearin Sunscreen at the same time. Is that safe?

    Ok Thanx
    adisha can´t… I gave u thumbs up cuz u took the time to answer my question but who said all mexicans have bright skin?? I didn’t. I happen to be light skinned and of course we, Mexicans, and I´m proud of being Mexa btw, come in different colors and I ain’t better nor worse than anyone else. I look funny cuz my skin doesn´t look even so that´s y I´m askin this question ok? I didnt say anything against African Americans, Black is beautiful!

    • 13th Floor says:

      I used hydroquinone for six months and had no problems. Using a sun block is the most important thing to getting these exposed, darker areas back to their previous lighter shade. It will probably take quite a while – and you will have to be very diligent about using it every day but results should start showing in a couple of months.

  30. Thoughtless~but~smart says:

    Natural made skin lightening product for African Americans?
    I’m trying to get rid of my tan. It looks really, really bad. My face, arms and lower legs are REALLY brownish, and my stomach and upper legs are REALLY light (i’m light skinned). I just want my skin tone even, so i don’t look stupid wearing swimsuits. I already use sunscreen and uv protection everyday. I can’t stop going outside, it isn’t an option, i work outside for my job (gardening). So I’m looking for a NATURAL skin lightening soap, (that can go all over my body, not just the face or one area) for african americans, that doesn’t contain hydroquinone. As in natural, I’m talking about herbs and plants, I really don’t want any side affects with chemicals. I don’t want to wait for it to come back naturally in a couple months. -_-

    So do you guys know of any? Thanks. =)

  31. Ms. Unique says:

    How to bring natural skin tone back? (Used too much fade cream??)?
    When I was younger I think I used to much fade creams or used it too long, being ignorant to the fact that the hydroquinone in it is not really good fro your skin, I was trying to even my skin tone & I think it faded some areas too much & now my skin tone is very uneven in certain areas…has anyone else had this happen to them? I’ve DITCHED the fade creams for good now, so how can I bring my natural skin tone back?

    • Mukunda M says:

      I had serious different tones. I was using a treatment to get rid of pigmentation and freckles and found it was also evening out my skin tone. The treatment was massaging skin over and over again quite vigorously. In order to do vigorously you have to tighten skin by opening mouth about 1″ and pulling lips firmly back against teeth. Use finger tips and front and sides of fingers(depending on part of face being massaged) with a forward and back action (circular motion will not be effective). The vigorous massage eventually forces a new, clearer and even skin to emerge. Gradually build up to vigorous as skin has to adjust..The more vigorous you can make it the better and quicker the results. Try to work up to a 20 to 30 minute daily massage – can be in more than session – then you will get noticeable results. Persevere and you will get an even skin tone. Use any oil. I had great success with olive oil. No need to remove. Most of it gets absorbed into skin – there is no need to remove. Simply splash with water and dab dry with tissues. Oils are perfect moisturizers so you will not need any other. Treatment also gets rid of ALL blemishes and tightens and firms and is a great anti aging , anti wrinkle treatment. It gives skin a natural healthy glow.

      SOURCE(S): 20+ years research into safe, natural cures of skin conditions, skin enhancement and of anti-aging and rejuvenation treatments.

      .

  32. Phoenix says:

    Why do Creation Scientists do the exact same things Christians themselves do?
    The young Earth creationist Dr. Duane Gish, assistant director of the Institute for Creation Research, described the bombardier beetle in his 1977 book Dinosaurs: Those Terrible Lizards, claiming they could not conceivably have evolved as various components needed to make the system work appear to provide no benefit in themselves and therefore the entire system would have to be created at once. He stated that the hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone would explode on contact, and that the beetle adds an inhibitor then, when required, “squirts in an anti-inhibitor” to start the reaction. When confronted in 1978 with evidence that the two chemicals do not explode on contact, Gish blamed a problem of translation leading him to misunderstand his German source, but continued to use his incorrect description in debates. At the end of 1980 the National Center for Science Education described the error as well as describing how the mechanism could have gradually evolved through natural selection.
    CONTINUED: Despite this, the incorrect description of the process was used in publications by other creationist authors, from 1981 to 1990.

    My question is, why do creation scientists call themselves scientists if all they do is try to pry science out of the Bible and call it legitimate, when it’s clearly not? Creationism is stupid.

    • minus says:

      The word scientest should never be applied to these people. The one you quote does not have the qualifications to be any kind of a science technician let alone a sientist.

      Cristians finaly realized tht people were not believing all tht nonsence so they hd to find something to help convince people to be christians. It is actually doing just the opposite and driving more and more away. It definately shows that they have no idea what they are talking abouty.

  33. Ziggy A. says:

    What are some natural remedies I can use to get paler skin?
    I don’t want to use whitening creams b/c I used one that contained 2% hydroquinone and I got a bad rash, but nothing else. I have naturally olive skin, I live here in Latin America and sun is all around so I couldn’t help tan a lot last year (walking home each day when the sun was hottest and no sunscreen). Now I am starting to use SPF 30 sunscreen and a parasol more and I got a bit paler, but I don’t want to wait forever to get it paler.

    What natural remedies do you know that work and have seen good results from it? Please, I would appreciate it b/c I hate being all white on my chest and tan everywhere else!

    And no, I don’t want people answering that I should be happy with my skin color or people kill for tan skin in the US…I don’t care and you won’t be answering my question. Those were the only answers I got last time.

  34. Roomie11 says:

    Can someone help me get my old clearer skin back?
    I used to have decent skin; I was prone to the occasional breakout, but nothing terrible. I had a laser treatment done once on the sides of my face and under my chin, but I didn’t have all of the sessions. After that, I developed hyperpigmentation in these areas. I’ve tried scrubbing and moisturizing like no other, in addition to aspirin masks, hydroquinone creams, vitamin E oil, and other home remedies, but nothing has worked. My skin has become rougher in these areas. Out of sheer desperation, I’ve resorted to trying to cause my skin to peel in the hopes that the damaged skin will peel away. I can’t afford more laser treatment or expensive products, and I HATE having to wear so much makeup all the time. Does anyone know of any natural remedies that will help me get rid of the discoloration and get my clearer skin back?

    • norton g says:

      Roomie – Here are some inexpensive ways to help you get your old clearer skin back:
      1. Wash your pillowcase at least once a week. Dirty pillowcases are breeding grounds for bacteria, which can make your flare-ups.
      2. Avoid areas with heavy, greasy air as much as possible. This includes restaurant or fast food kitchens, and even subway tunnels.
      3. Drink at least 100oz of water (that’s a little more than three full Nalgene bottles) a day. Water keeps your skin hydrated (and is healthy for *every* part of your body!).
      4. Break a sweat for at least 30 minutes a day. Running, dancing, sports, aerobics — anything that gets you to sweat! Sweating clears your pores and clears up your complexion.
      5. Change out of sweaty clothes as soon as possible, and always dry off with a clean towel.
      6. Wash your face twice a day — once in the morning, once at night. Use a gentle cleanser, and BE gentle — scrubbing your acne only makes it worse. Fresh Farmacy from Lush.com is the best facial cleanser out there.
      7. If you have oily skin, consider adding a toner to your regimen. If you don’t have oily skin, though, avoid astringents — they can actually make your skin worse.
      8. Moisturize using an oil-free moisturizer made specially for the face — don’t just dab on any old body lotion. Avoid heavy creams.
      9. Exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week. New at-home microdermabrasion kits, like the ones by Oil of Olay, are affordable and effective.
      10. Treat yourself to a relaxing mud mask once per week to give skin an extra boost.
      11. Check with your local spas and salons to see if they offer special facial treatments for people with mild to moderate acne.
      12. Don’t pick! It’s tempting, but it’ll just make that zit last even longer.
      13. If you’re using coverup or foundation, make sure you apply it with a fresh applicator EACH and EVERY time — or better yet, use your finger. Makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria and make your acne worse. Throw out foundation and coverup every three months and buy a replacement.
      14. See a dermatologist to see if they have any prescription medications to suggest.

      Read more: How to Get Clear Skin – For Good! | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2147209_clear-skin-good.html#ixzz0uojS7VzU

  35. crystal says:

    will Cocoa butter darken my skin?
    i have been using body lotion with a bit of hydroquinone. i wanna stop cause of the damage hydroquinone could inflict on my skin in the future. now, i wanna go natural with Cocoa Butter. Will Palmer cocoa butter darken my skin tone? or will i still be light skinned? please help!

    • Beatles says:

      No Cocoa Butter Helps to even out skint tone really good making it’
      soft and dewy.

      Hydroquinone is very Dangerous it can cause cancer and it can lead to wrinkles./

  36. matte says:

    Urgent. Fade-out fade cream(hydroquinone) OR Olay natural white(mulberry xtract) to lighten suntan of face?
    my body is light xcept my face and nek—–i wanna lighten them too.which of the following shall i use

    thanks y’all

    • Trubie says:

      hydroquinone is what prescription skin lightners use. I’d go with that. My dermatologist wrote me a rx with that ingredient in it.

  37. Danish A says:

    Hyperpigmentation treatment Plz Help!?
    Dear Doctor/ Spotremoving,

    My name is Omajit male 31 years. Asia(india), yellow race.

    I have hyperpigmentation from last many years (5-6years). I am using a cream
    of Hydroquinone 3% 2months.
    But it is not fading, instead some slightly reddish color in the area which
    I apply.
    I got the information from,
    http://www.diseasencure.com/Hyperpigmentation.html
    and, ‘These two requirements are exactly met by a natural skin care cream
    containing *Extrapone Nutgrass Root* and *Phytessence Wakame*.’

    I wanted to know where can I find the cream which is Genuine and it can cure
    my hyperpigmentation and how long it will take to cure.
    I wanted to know can I get it through counter in india(Karnataka)

    Please let me know the complete detail.

    Thanks and regards,
    Omajit

    • Mao Marxist says:

      Hi Omajit. Firstly I want you to know that most of the websites on the internet are rubbish and pure marketing.
      Secondly, since the hydroquinone cream didn’t work, obviously your pigmentation goes quite deep, possibly below the epidermis and into the dermis. This would mean that dermabrasion is useless since it only rubs off the uppermost layer of your skin, the stratum corneum.

      I always give my patients a choice. There’s no point in forcing them to choose something threy may not like. The first is the use of ablative lasers to correct your skin colour. Hyperpigmentation of your skin is caused by the production of melanin in the area after collagen is sent there to rebuild damaged tissue. It is quite expensive all around the world unfortunately.

      The other option is much more accessible. Start yourself on a product with azelaic acid or adapalene. I prefer adapalene because this compound promotes cell turnover so skin renews itself much more quickly. Thus, pigmentation deep down in your skin will go away quicker. Note that this process depends on the natural rejuvenation of your skin as melanin levels gradually decrease over time (months or years we’re talking about).

  38. japanese-mircales says:

    How to get my skin back to its natural color?
    My natural skin color is a light brown, tanish color.
    But after a while it began to get darker and darker and i also have acne scars.
    It is now a deep brown, not too dark but draker than before I was just wondering what products I can use to make my skin brighter and get rid of the scars.

    I am now using a product with 2% hydroquinone.
    Is it safe to use and will it work.

    • dougydirt says:

      i agree with elizabeth but if you don’t want to use those products
      then you can do what i did, i stayed out of the sun and staying out of the
      sun will help you regain your skin color back when i use to be a super tan brown and now im a light brown. so stay indoors as much as
      possible.

  39. kitkat says:

    Melasma – Hyperpigmentation?
    Any ideas what I can do to correct this? I will not under any circumstances use anything with Hydroquinone in so am looking for a natural alternative. I am sick of looking like I have a mask on like Robin (from Batman!!) Any suggestions?

  40. *Delirium* says:

    i have uneven skin tone around my face and neck?
    could anyone recommend a skin lightening cream without hydroquinone i could use to get rid of the uneveness my natural skin tone is light brown like that of megan good

    • question says:

      idk about a skin lighting cream but u shud start to use sunscrean with a high amount of SPF to prevent further darking

  41. Latin101 says:

    Skin Whitening- Hydroquinone URGENT?
    PLEASE READ THE WHOLE THING SO U CAN UNDERSTAND ME-
    Hi I´m a light-skinned Latino, but with the sun here in Texas my face and arms are noticeably darker than the rest of my body. I´m pale as a ghost everywhere else but the face, neck and arms, and I wanna be light skinned again, cuz thats my natural color. Well I just bought at Walgreens the Pamers Skin Success (Fades Dark spots evens skin tone) with 2% of hydroquinone, I know it has been tested on rats and they developed cancerous cells and stuff but it hasnt been proved that on humans it has the same effect so I don´t care about that (I mean if the FDA hasnt banned it yet and OTC products containing it are available, its not as dangerous as some people say) Ok I´m plannig o appliying it twice on THE WHOLE FACE? I´m gonna use the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55 Sun Block at the same time. Tell me is this safe? Has anyone used creams with hydroquinone? I dont wanna end with darker skin or I dunno, even damaged skin for ever. Please dont tell me that accept my skin color cuz I do, cuz I´m light skinned naturally but my face is really (well not really) but darker and I wanna be kinda whiter (that sounds bad anyways).

    P.S. I really have to walk on campus and I expose myself to the sun like a lot but since I´m wearin Sunscreen at the same time. Is that safe?

    Ok Thanx
    twice a day I forgot to add that

    • Jaime Cullen says:

      erm after reading that, i wouldnt suggest u to try it on! I mean hydoquione is serious sh*t and can damage ur skin?! Are u sure it worth the hassle to use cream.

      My face and arms are lighter than my body and legs due to sun exposure but i WILL not risk my skin health on some cream just to become lighter! Love yourself for who you are??!!

      If ur desperate, see a doctor or dermatologist and find out what other options there are without any serious risks to ur health!!!

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