This Is What an Expert Has to Say About Using Hydroquinone to Treat Dark Spots

Kaitlyn McLintock

Dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars are three of the peskiest skin issues we experience. The right skincare products are the first defense, like a good exfoliant, brightening cream, and vitamin C serum. (May we recommend Memebox's Nooni Repair Turnover Peel Pads $25, Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Brightening and Moisturizing Cream $39, and CosRx Triple C Lightening Liquid $27, respectively.) However, even with all of the best products in the world, it's possible a particularly stubborn spot will stick around. That's when some people look to other remedies, like hydroquinone.

According to cosmetic and plastic surgeon David Shafer, MD, FACS, "Hydroquinone is a chemical compound discovered in the early 1800s, which was used in everything from skincare to photo developing. The chemical interacts with the melanin-producing cells in the skin, decreasing the production of pigment." While it can be effective at lightening dark spots on the skin, there has been some debate as to whether or not it's safe. Keep reading to see what the expert has to say.

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