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Hydroquinone and its Alternatives: Ingredient Decoder

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If I were to draw a map of my face, the brown spots dotting my features would be the equivalent of capital cities. There’s one on my nose and another beside my lip. Then there’s the Shanghai of all spots: the raised circle above my right eyebrow, which hovers halfway between freckle and mole territory. These so-called beauty marks have always bothered me, and my first recourse was to seek over-the-counter products with hydroquinone. This lightening agent works by inhibiting skin’s melanin production. But as I recently learned, hydroquinone can actually be dangerous for your skin. Learn why after the jump!

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