hy·​dro·​qui·​none | \ ˌhī-drō-kwi-ˈnōn How to pronounce hydroquinone (audio) , -ˈkwi-ˌnōn\

Definition of hydroquinone

: a white crystalline strongly reducing phenol C6H6O2 used especially as a photographic developer, as an antioxidant and stabilizer, and in medicine to remove pigmentation from hyperpigmented areas of skin

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While hydroquinone is currently banned in Europe due to its skin-lightening properties, dermatologists are OK with it as long as it's used topically (and sparingly) as a hyperpigmentation treatment. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "I Finally Found the First Hyperpigmentation Treatment That Actually Works on My Skin," 15 Mar. 2018 Chang says to look for topical treatments that contain retinoids, hydroquinone, and azelaic acid, which have all bene proven to dramatically lighten dark marks and even melasma. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid of Acne Scars—Forever," 21 Jan. 2019 In addition to the Clear + Brilliant laser, Dr. Neil Sadick, a dermatologist in New York, reccomends a chemical peel with alpha-hydroxy acids and a skincare regimen with skin-brightening ingredients like kojic acid or a hydroquinone derivative. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Anti-Aging Guide for Lips," 6 Nov. 2018 For anyone with melasma or mild hyperpigmentation, powerful ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, vitamin E, kojic acid, hydroquinone or licorice root are the perfect choice for their brightening capabilities. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Get brighter, glowing skin with these tips," 21 Aug. 2018 Bleaching creams containing hydroquinone should also be avoided during this time. Allure, "11 of the Best Skin-Care Products for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers," 30 Mar. 2018 The same goes for hydroquinone, which is found in brightening creams. Jane Chertoff, SELF, "5 Acne Products That Are Safe to Use While Pregnant or Trying to Conceive," 12 Oct. 2018 The problem: Some chemicals in skin-lightening products, like kojic acid and hydroquinone, may be considered carcinogenic, as per data from the National Institute of Health. Ashley Oerman, Cosmopolitan, "Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Anal Bleaching," 6 Feb. 2018 Treatment Plan: Products with hydroquinone and alpha hydroxy acids can speed up the fading process. Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "3 Types of Acne Scars — and How to Get Rid of Them," 11 Jan. 2018

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circa 1872, in the meaning defined above

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hy·​dro·​qui·​none | \ -kwin-ˈōn How to pronounce hydroquinone (audio) , -ˈkwin-ˌōn How to pronounce hydroquinone (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydroquinone

: a bleaching agent C6H6O2 used topically to remove pigmentation from hyperpigmented areas of skin (as a lentigo or freckle)

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