The Latest in Whitening Agents

Skin pigmentation disorders are common, and although they often do not affect consumers physically, many do psychologically.1 Since the discovery in the late 1930s of the depigmenting effects of monobenzyl ether of hydroquinone, a notable number of phenolic compounds have been evaluated as inhibitors of melanin synthesis.2 The most commonly used chemical whitening agents are hydroquinone, arbutin, kojic acid and ascorbic acid, and while most skin whitening agents are deemed effective, hydroquinone is still considered by dermatologists to be one of the most effective.

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