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What Products Have Hydroquinone?

By Laura Gagnon ; Updated July 18, 2017

Hydroquinone is a white crystalline solid that is soluble in water. (see reference 2) Hydroquinone is a chemical used in a variety of de-coloring applications (reference 1).

Photography

Hydroquinone is used as a developing agent in photography. (reference 2)

Antioxidant

Hydroquinone is used as an antioxidant in rubber and food.

Potential Hazards

Chronic exposure to hydroquinone may produce a variety of health concerns. These include nausea, vomiting, eye injuries such as conjunctivitis. (reference 2). Injestion of a large amount of hydroquinone may result in Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, dyspnea, erosion of the gastric mucosa, edema of internal organs, cyanosis, convulsions, delirium, and collaps (ref 2)

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