Does Hydroquinone Really Cause Cancer?

Does hydroquinone really cause cancer?

Doctor Answers 2

If you're a rat and get high doses internally...yes...but if you're a human and use the

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

standard preparations, then it seems safe...out of an abundance of caution the FDA decided to consider the safety of hydroquinone again about 6 years ago and hasn't found any reason to ban the product...and of course the track record speaks to a very safe product...some European/Asian countries have banned the preparation...some suggestion exists that there may be problems especially when compounded at pharmacies in higher concentrations than the approved 4% level...would I use it...sure...just like millions of other satisfied consumers...

Las Vegas Dermatologist


{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Dermatologists have prescribed this agent for  years to decrease hyperpigmentation and have not been impressed that it causes cancer. Further testing should be performed.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.