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Article needs expansion[edit]

The article doesn't mention anything about hydroquinone being used for cosmetic purposes, and that it is the main ingredient in fading/bleaching creams which are widely available in drugstores (at least in the U.S.) with 2 percent hydroquinone (prescription creams contain 3, 4, 5 percent). The article doesn't mention how it "reduces the color of the skin" (it inhibits the production of melanin). Those are just some of the points that should be covered. --Inahet 05:31, 18 July 2006

Hydroquinone does not inhibit the production of melanin; it inhibits the production of tyrosinase, which is an enzyme that triggers melanin production. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:23, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

The use of hydroquinone in cosmetics is banned in the EU under the European Directive 76/768/EEC:1976. Example of a product recall in Ireland : —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:33, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

In the body of the article first it says that the FDA has banned it, then it says that the FDA classified it as safe. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:01, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

Alleged use by Michael Jackson[edit]

Apparently this is the chemical of choice he used to white his skin... true or not true? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:15, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Well, the current issue of National Enquirer mentions it in a list of medicines he was allegedly taking, but most people don't regard that as the most reliable of sources.-- (talk) 02:55, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

Bearberry and folk medicine[edit]

I've added a relatively brief reference to hydroquinone's role in the use of bearberry as an anti-bacterial treatment. It'd be useful if the article explained how hydroquinone is understood to interfere with bacteria. (Unfortunately, I didn't come across any information.) This part of the article would benefit from a better reference, too. Pololei (talk) 22:24, 12 May 2012 (UTC)

the link you added is to a source that sells stuff, which is what I would consider spam. I am sure that you did not intend it that way, but we try to avoid sites like that. I just do not think that this commercial link is a very reliable source that bearberry contains hydroquinone. Our article Arbutin does cite at least one decent (not perfect but primary) reference on a derivative of hydroquinone in bearberry. But it is not hydroquinone itself. So your edits might be modified strongly. --Smokefoot (talk) 23:23, 12 May 2012 (UTC)