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Our database includes 27 products that contain Hydroquinone.

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Hydroquinone is used to treat hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and age spots.

It works by decreasing the melanocytes in your skin. Melanocytes are cells that create melanin (the color pigment in skin).

Be sure to use this ingredient as prescribed by your doctor. Wearing sunscreen is also a must (you should be wearing sunscreen anyway!).

Most hydroquinone prescriptions are not to be used for longer than 3 months.

This ingredient is banned in the EU for being skin sensitizer. In the US, this ingredient is not allowed for over-the-counter sale.

There is no known research backing this ingredient to be carcinogenic in humans.

Gentle reminder that all skin tones are beautiful!

Hydroquinone is a rare cosmetic ingredient, with about 0.1% of the products in our database containing it.

What it does:


Community Stats

284 people from our community have liked or disliked this ingredient.

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Normal Oily

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Dark Spots • Dullness • Wrinkles • Fine Lines

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Combination

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Sensitivity • Fine Lines • Redness • Dullness

Where it's used

Hydroquinone is most often found as ingredient number 5 within an ingredient list.

Of the 14 products in our database that have a known concentration of Hydroquinone, we've seen concentrations from 2% to 12% specified within their ingredient lists.

These are the categories of products that use Hydroquinone the most:

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 76687
  • EC #:  204-617-8
  • All Functions: Stabilising
What is CosIng?

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

SkinSort uses CosIng to source some of it's data on ingredient names and functions.