Hydroquinone can cause skin cancer

Bleaching Cream: Bleaching cream can cause severe skin damage

Hydroquinone bleaching cream can cause cancer. (Photo: archive)The State Investigation Office (LUA) in Koblenz has warned against dangerous creams and skin oils for bleaching the skin. Hydroquinone has been detected in several bleaching creams, which can cause severe skin damage if used over a long period of time, according to the office. The following skin bleaching agents have been withdrawn from the market: "Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk", "Clear Essence Medicated Fade Creme", "Skin Light Lait Cocoa Butter", "Sivoclair Lightening Body Lotion", "Peau Claire Beauty Body Oil with Vitamin E", and "Body Clear Lightening Body Lotion".

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Hydroquinone must not come on the skin

The use of hydroquinone for skin whitening is prohibited across Europe. There are indications that the substance can cause cancer as well as skin damage, according to the LUA. Hydroquinone penetrates the skin and inhibits the formation of new melanins there. In most cases you can see from the packaging whether the substance, also known as "hydroquinone", is contained.

Bleach for age spots and freckles

In some cultures in Africa and Asia, skin that is as light as possible and evenly pigmented is considered the ideal of beauty - one reason why corresponding creams are often offered in Afro shops. Fair-skinned people use the remedies to bleach liver spots, age spots, or freckles. Dark skin pigments, melanins, are responsible for the color of the skin, which are formed again and again at intervals of a few weeks.

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