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Natural Alternatives to Hydroquinone For Scars & Spots – Dermstore

Dr. Michele Green talks with Dermstore about how to lighten up scarring, freckles or dark spots on your skin.

Hydroquinone is a brightening agent used in many skincare products, howvever some dermatologists are concerned about its side effects and long-term effects from use. The article “8 Natural Brightening Alternatives to Hydroquinone” at Dermstore looks at some natural alternatives.

“Hydroquinone is one of the most researched and studied lightening agents, but can cause severe irritation and hyperpigmentation if not used correctly,” explains Dr. Michele Green. As a result, the article lists some popular but natural alternatives to hydroquinone, so that you can go natural to brighten up your skin.

Dr. Green mentions how “Licorice root contains two ingredients that help with pigmentation: glabridin and liquiritin” and that “Kojic acid is derived from mushroom-like fungi during fermentation, and is the second most common natural lightening agent.”

She also talks about Arbutin, Papaya, Niacinamide (vitamin B3), Vitamin C, Willow Bark Extract (and its relation to Salicylic Acid) and Lactic Acid, discussing the pros and cons of each. Read the full list over at:

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