What's in it? Hydroquinone | South China Morning Post
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What's in it? Hydroquinone

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 August, 2008, 12:00am
 

What's it used in? Fragrances, hair dyes, skin-bleaching and anti-ageing products.

What does it do? In cosmetics, it's used to bleach skin colour. It is also used to develop photographs and as a raw material in herbicides and dyes.

Any controversy? Deemed a health hazard - studies have linked it to cancer and reproductive problems.

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