Hydroquinone is a popular treatment that has been approved by the FDA since 1982 for use in eliminating freckles and melasma. It is also recommended for general brown patching and most people love it simply because it works more effectively than any other alternative. However, the EU continuously bans the use of the chemical in concentrations above 1%, and an increasing number of people would love to see the product banned completely from whitening products. Ironically, it has produced amazing results in anal whitening subjects. So why is this chemical now being banned from anal bleaching products? In order to understand why hydroquinone is being banned, it is important to note how it functions.
Hydroquinone’s Mechanism of Bleaching
It is important to note that all treatments that are going to interfere with natural pigment production processes will come with various side effects. This chemical is very effective because it works in two main ways. The first mechanism is by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase which is responsible for pigmentation or production of melanin in the skin. The second way is through increasing the cytotoxicity of melanin-producing cells (melanocytes). This second mechanism is what makes hydroquinone quite lethal or effective in lightening as it literally kills melanin producing cells making it impossible for the skin to produce pigment in that region.
What are the Side-Effects?
From the above description, it may seem like products containing hydroquinone are the ideal choice. Although you will be bleached just the way you desired, the ramifications of using it are very undesirable. In different research studies, it was revealed that the chemical may result in exogenous ochronosis – a counteractive reflexive skin darkening that radically increases pigmentation. This achieves the exact opposite of what you were looking for. Anal lighteners that contain more than 1% hydroquinone may work perfectly at first only to result in more pigmentation especially in patients of Asian, Mexicana and African descent. However, these cases are very rare. Perhaps the main reason why this ingredient is banned from anus bleaching products is that it contains traces of mercury. Mercury poisoning is associated with various defects and ailments that range from brain damages to kidney failure and loss of vision among others. Subjects using lightening creams that contain the ingredient have also reported blisters and painful itches around the rectum.
Should I Use Hydroquinone?
Although doctors still maintain that a small percentage of hydroquinone (usually between 2% and 4%) is safe, most developed countries have already banned its use in bleaches and cosmetic products. Whiteners containing chemicals may be very effective, but using sub-standard over-the-counter options can expose you to various side effects. Studies have shown that products from some regions contain higher percentages of the chemical rendering their use unsafe. The EU still allows usage that restricts the percentage to below 1% but other developed nations have completely banned its use in skin whitening products. It is advisable to try and avoid anus whiteners that contain hydroquinone if you want to stay on the safer side. There is definitely a strong reason why such sophisticated countries ban its use and it serves nothing to risk your health on a cosmetic process that is supposed to rejuvenate your skin properties. If you must use them, seek your doctor’s recommendation for the best quality.