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Traditionally found in mouthwashes and throat lozenges thanks to its antiseptic and anesthetic properties, Hexylresorcinol has also been used to treat minor cuts, scrapes and skin infections (source). Recently, however, its ability to target pathways in the skin that lead to hyperpigmentation has propelled it into the skin lightening ingredient category. There is also thought that Hexylresorcinol has more benefits as well, including an ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase protection against UVB and UVA rays, and improve the skin's barrier against pollution and sun exposure (source).
Hydroquinone has been the leader in the skin whitening category, although there are many drawbacks to this ingredient. In recent studies, .5% Hexylresorcinol concentration has proven to be just as effective as 2% concentration of Hydroquinone.
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
Hexylresorcinol is considered safe for topical use and there are no warnings about its application.
Recommended Products w/ Hexylresorcinol:
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