Mar 10, 2015


Have you ever bought a cream or lotion that you were sure contained no Hydroquinone but notice after a few days that the product remnant around the cap had darkened in color? Or your skin start errupting in acne and rash after using a certain product? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then your cream most likely contains Hydroquinone.

Hydroquinone (a.k.a HQ), is one if not the most controversial ingredient of all skin care products in the market today. As a chemical it has other derivatives/names that manufacturers of beauty product use just to confuse consumers into buying their products without knowing what these products contain.

The FDA in United States approves 2% HQ  for Over-the-Counter products, as long as the manufacturers give warning that the product should only be used for 3 months, and this is clearly stated on the packaging. However, as we all know the Nigerian skin care market is a dumping ground for all kinds of products from countries like Phillipines, Cote d'Voire etc with questionable
ingredients. Since our government regulating bodies do not regulate these products; the onus is on each consumer to be informed and be on the look out.


20 Other Names For Hydroquinone

  • 1,4-Benzenediol -
  • p-Benzenediol
  • Dihydroxybenzene
  • Hydroxyphenol 
  • Diak 5
  • Arctuvin
  • Benzohydroquinone
  • Benzoquinol
  • Derma-Blanch
  • 1,4-Dihydroxybenzol
  • Solaquin forte
  • Phiaquin 
  • Eldoquin forte
  • UN 2662
  • USAF EK-356
  • NCI-C55834 
  • Tequinol 
  • 1,4-Dihydroxybenzen
  • Benzene
  • Aida
The simplest way to know if any product you currently have contains Hydroquinone is to put a small dab out in the open for about 2 days. If it darkens then that means it contains hydroquinone. Also any manufacturer that writes, "Product may change color but this does affect its efficacy in anyway." is indirectly telling you that his product contains hydroquinone.

Some of the common brands that use other names for hydroquinone includes Fair & White creams and lotions, So White lotion, Maxi White serum (there is another that contains Kojic acid tho) like the one in the image below. So be careful when buying a lightening products. Read the Labels!

Does your skin care product contain any of the above pseudonyms for Hydroquinone. Do share names of such products in the comment box.

Until next post...remain beautiful,




  1. good job ma , but fair & white never denied that there is no hydroquinone in their products. In fact it is 1:9%. but thanks for the enlightenment.

  2. Thank you so much for this info. Almost bought a Murad brightenning product, and found hydroquinone in it!!!!! The deadful substance that ruined my skin...!!!!

  3. Thank you so much for this info. Almost bought a Murad brightenning product, and found hydroquinone in it!!!!! The deadful substance that ruined my skin...!!!!

  4. Clear Nature: Natural Fairness

  5. E-6 has it as 1,4-benzendiol and i never knew until i read this post. thanks for the info.

  6. Does pure white gold lotion contains any of these dreadful chemicals?
    I bought the soap and it's result is excellent on my body and with this reason I want to start using lotion.
    Please help me out

    1. Pls dear can u pls tell me ur review on d pure white gold cream i just bought d cream bt am afraid of making use of it dont knw if is harsh on skin pls try to reply me back

  7. Thanks a lot for enlighten me... Pls which oil or Cream can you recommend for fair person. Thanks

  8. So carrot so white also contains Hydroxyphenol....Thanks for the heads up

  9. Thanks for the information. I am currently using kojic skin lightening, instant white, checked d ingredients didn't fine any those mentioned.D ingredients are pure kojic acid, sweet orange,VCO, glycerin, vegetable extracts, vitamin C. Please, what is VCO?

  10. Please ma I Wat to know if Dr white gold body milk mixed with kojic acid serum is good and I wnt to knw if it contain hydroquinone


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