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so is eating fast food
drinking alcohol

and they say you are increasing risk of cancer if you do not exercise..

the point im trying to make is that i will take the risk.
 

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I must say-- ur brave! I just wanted to inform others including you of the dangers of using Hydroquinone product. Anyway good luck to you and hope u find the product u r looking for.

 

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so is eating fast food
drinking alcohol

and they say you are increasing risk of cancer if you do not exercise..

the point im trying to make is that i will take the risk.
How can you justify using something so dangerous so close to your eyes? The long-term consequences of this stuff is not known, some say it will cause cancer; but in the short-term it may compromise your vision as well. How is that ever be a worthwhile thing?
 

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My source is posted in the "From Lauryn to Mariah" thread originally by La Donna. I switched to her resource & I haven't looked back. Please go there, check it out & pm La Donna to get more details. If she does not respond rapidly, then message me & I'll gladly shate. I am enjoying great results with this combination (tretinoin 0.1 one day & HQ4% the next). I was using Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Dark 2 when I began & it had a slight brightening effect. I now use the same brand but in Dark 0. Just this week, I noticed that it is too dark & I need to go into the Medium 4 colour! My texture is smooth & I do not have any blotchiness or fake-looking tones.
 

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How can you justify using something so dangerous so close to your eyes? The long-term consequences of this stuff is not known, some say it will cause cancer; but in the short-term it may compromise your vision as well. How is that ever be a worthwhile thing?
I agree with Mirecka. How can you do harm to yourself when you already know of the consequence Hydroquinone can cause to your body???
 

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How can you justify using something so dangerous so close to your eyes? The long-term consequences of this stuff is not known, some say it will cause cancer; but in the short-term it may compromise your vision as well. How is that ever be a worthwhile thing?
Clarification - I just want to point out that my concern here was not with the use of HQ. That is a decision that each person needs to make in light of the risk/benefit trade-off. I am not challenging her use of HQ - it's not my place.

My concern here is the use of the product, which is not formulated as an eye product, so close to her eyes. In another thread she mentioned that she is using the HQ for topical use around her eyes and on her eyelids. That is an inappropriate use of the product itself - even if it had no HQ in it.

Since many folks use HQ independently (i.e., not under a doctor's care) she probably was not aware of the problem here and so I/and others felt obliged to tell her.

I personally have issues with using HQ in high concentrations, over extensive parts of the body, over the long term. But when I raise this concern it is for informational purposes and not to be judgmental on anyone. I respect the fact that everyone makes their own decision - but it is important that they have all the facts.

The folks posting here seem to have done their research for the most part. My concern is for those who come to this site from a "google search" for information - after all, this is how I and many of us here found this site in the first place. These searchers need to get a balanced view.

Whew! I'll stop now.
Y'all have a good day!
 

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Obaji makes a product that can lighten skin around the eyes safely. Just google them & you'll get their website that describes all their products & what they do. Obaji is expensive but for around your eyes, it makes sense to not take chances.
 

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Before going to a high percentage, try the 2% then the 4% to be sure you do not react badly to the product. Better to be safe!
 

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I work at a pharmacy in Ontario, Canada and we sell Neostrata HQ gel (or creme). It can be purchased at 2% HQ with 10%AHA or 4%HQ with AHA (can't quite remember the AHA% in the second one). It comes with or without SPF15, and also creme or gel formula. You have to ask for it in the pharmacy as it is not kept on the shelves. From our training, HQ is fine used in small areas on the skin - it is not meant for large areas ie not meant for all over the face, or arms etc. The AHA in it will exfoliate the skin, so there may be some slight redness initially, and some slight peeling. It can take up to 3 months to see results, but I have had people see results in a 3 weeks. It does not necessarily need to be used forever, just until the spots are lightened...but sunscreen DOES need to be used forever, or the sun will only cause it to return. Some customers use it twice a week, once the spots are lightened, as a maintenance. It should NOT be used in the eye area, as the skin inside the orbital bone is VERY thin - like an eggshell. It will cause irritation because of the AHA and you would not want the HQ or AHA entering into the eye.
 

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Pumi! I read the article you posted. Many people misuse HQ or buy creams containing HQ (along with mercury) & other harmful ingredients. Some have been using the stuff several times a day for decades. No wonder they get this damage! I have been using the HQ 4% for about 9 weeks now. I love the results! My skin is lightening steadily & in an even, rash-free manner. The extreme damage shown is likely on a patient with other high risk factors present (like eczema, psoriasis, sun damage, years of smoking & general ill health). There are just too many people using HQ without any problems for it to be the sole cause of the extreme damage these sensational stories show. there are people who have experienced horriffic damage from BOTOX too but the vast majority of even habitual users just get a relaxing of wrinkles from it. There are people who have skin that is sensitive to some product. THey use it despite the bad reactions they get & ignore their skin's voice telling them to stop. A person has got to have some common sense! If, when I'd tried out the HQ originally, I'd gotten a rash or other reaction to it, I'd've stopped using it immediately. I began with 2%, after seeing it was safe & well tolerated, I increased to 4%. I've added alternating with Tretinoin 0,1% & I am tolerating it well too. Soon, I will try a higher concentration of HQ but if my skin says NO, I will stop immediately.
 
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