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Hexylresorcinol

* An ingredient recently used in skin-whitening and lightening products

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).

* An ingredient recently used in skin-whitening and lightening products

Functions:

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).

In recent studies, .5% Hexylresorcinol concentration has proven to be just as effective as 2% concentration of Hydroquinone, with fewer side effects.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Hexylresorcinol is considered safe for topical use and there are no warnings about its application.

Recommended Products w/ Hexylresorcinol:
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid & Retinol Brightening Solution

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