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I am considering using hydroquinone to achieve a more even complexion, but I've heard that it's dangerous, so I'm concerned. What exactly is hydroquinone? Is it safe to use?
How does hydroquinone work?
Hydroquinone works by slowing down the production of melanosomes. It also increases the breakdown speed of the melanosomes. These melanosomes are responsible for creating melanin, the dark pigment in the skin's pigmented cells (melanocytes).