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Dangers of Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is an ingredient in many skin-lightening creams, lotions, or gels. It is thought to work by decreasing the formation of melanin in the skin. Melanin gives the skin a brown color and is what causes the skin to tan.

Why Is Hydroquinone Dangerous?

The potential dangers of using skin lighteners containing hydroquinone include an increased risk of:

  • Cancer
  • Problems of the adrenal glands
  • All health conditions associated with mercury poisoning
  • Ochronosis, which is characterized by a blue-black discoloration of the skin sometimes accompanied by skin thickening. Ochronosis also can cause tissue changes around the eyes, ears and joints

Hydroquinone has been banned from the market in European Union countries, Australia and Japan, because of the potential side effects associated with hydroquinone.

Studies Surrounding the Effects

In animal studies, hydroquinone has reportedly produced tumors of the liver and kidneys, and caused growth retardation in the fetuses of mother animals exposed to the substance. In a relatively small number of instances, hydroquinone production workers have suffered permanent damage to the cornea of the eye.

Other side effects of hydroquinone at the site of application are:

  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Crusting
  • Ochronosis (the skin becomes blue-black and thickens)

Have You Been Harmed by Hydroquinone?

Is hydroquinone dangerous?? Yes, potentially causing damage to the liver, kidneys, eyes, leukemia (as some studies have suggested) and damage to the unborn child. These possible complications of using hydroquinone are in addition to the problems arising on the skin in those areas of application.

If you are planning to use hydroquinone, be sure to tell your doctor of any drug allergies you have, and if you have problems with your liver or kidneys.

If you have taken hydroquinone and suffered side effects, you might want to talk to a hydroquinone lawyer about your situation and the possibility of receiving compensation for the pain, suffering and expense you have endured. Our lawyers are ready to talk with you about the particulars of your case.? Your initial consultation is free. To reach a hydroquinone attorney, contact us today.

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