[Patricia] Day 8: Magic skin potion isn’t so Magic
I love the sun. Maybe a little too much. Within the past year, I started to see sun spots show up on my face. They weren’t terrible so I decided to ignore them, but they seemed to get darker over time. I decided to visit the dermatologist today to see if she had any ideas on how I could get rid of them. After her polite scolding about staying out of the sun, she prescribed a custom made cream that would help fade away my spots. It was $45.00 for a tube, but I thought it would be well worth it if it got rid of these marks.
Since I’m in the midst of the #Organic30day challenge I made sure to look up the four key ingredients in my cream. The most active ingredient is Hydroquinone which I was shocked to find out was illegal in other countries, but has been approved for use in the US! This substance is typically found in skin lightning products, but could be found in other facial personal care products. Previously, I wrote about the the Environmental Working Group’s (www.ewg.org) database and their comments and scores on certain products. This is what they had to say about Hydroquinone:
” identifies hydroquinone as a carcinogen, immunotoxicant and developmental and reproductive toxicant, and also identifies concerns regarding the ingredient’s risks for various organ systems, the endocrine system and neurotoxicity (viii).”
It looks like I’ll be going back to my dermatologist to get my money back, but the good news is there’s a crop of new over the counter whitening creams that help to rid dark spots without the controversial Hydroquinone ingredient. I’ve actually used Clinique’s Dark Spot awhile back. It isn’t as powerful as Hydroquinione, but the dark spots do become lighter over a long period of time. The alternatives to Hydroquinione might take longer to work, but overall it’s the better choice to ensure you’re not putting toxins in your body.