Hydroquinone skin whitener

Hydroquinone skin whitener

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Caption: Pot of skin whitener. This product, whose active ingredient is hydroquinone (HQ, benzene-1,4-diol), is designed to lighten the colour of skin by reducing the melanin concentration. The use of HQ-based skin whiteners is banned within the European Union.

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