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Apply a thin layer on affected area twice daily or as directed by a doctor. If no improvement is seen after 3 months treatment, discontin[17]ue use. Lightening effect may not be noticeable when used on very dark skin. Limit sun exposure during and after use to prevent darkening from recurring. Use a sunblocking agent or protective clothing.Net Weight Active Ingredients Hydroquinone[9] 2%. Other Ingredients Alcohol Denat[14], Arginine[11], BHT[7], CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 19140[15] (Yellow 5[8]), Citric Acid[12], Gluconolactone[6], Glycyrrhiza[2] Glabra (Licorice[2]) Extract, Kojic Acid[13], Lactobionic Acid[3], Oxalic Acid[10], Polyquaternium-[5]10, Potassium Hydroxide[1], Propylene Glycol[4], Sodium Bisulfite[7], Sodium Sulfite[7], Water[16].

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Ingredient Analysis
1. Potassium Hydroxide. AKA Lye is used in a tiny amount in skincare as a pH adjuster. Most commonly used in cleansers as a base for liquid soaps and in higher concentrations is a significant skin sensitizer.
2. licorice extract ( Glycyrrhiza,Licorice ) anti-inflammatory; anti-allergic; the root has been proven to treat hyperpigmentation so its used in whitening products
3. polyhydroxy acid ( Lactobionic Acid ) antioxidant leave-on exfoliator similar to AHA; able to chelate metals; gentle & said to be great for sensitive skin
4. Propylene Glycol. solvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives; controls viscosity
5. Polyquaterniums ( Polyquaternium- ) Film former and anti-static agent; used in haircare products; some are humectant moisturizers
6. Gluconolactone. serves as a skin conditioner/exfoliant (hydrolyses to Gluconic Acid) & chelator; also used as part of a preservative system
7. preservatives ( BHT,Sodium Bisulfite,Sodium Sulfite ) Used as a preservative or enhances the efficacy of preservatives
8. Coming soon! ( Yellow 5 ) Coming soon!
9. Hydroquinone. a strong inhibitor of melanin production
10. Oxalic Acid. Oxalic Acid is used in skincare and cosmetics as a/an chelating ingredient.
11. Amino Acids ( Arginine ) Widely used in moisturizers and emollients because they are thought to help penetrate the skin; have water-binding, antioxidant and wound-healing abilities
12. Citric Acid. mainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
13. Kojic Acid. Kojic Acid is used in skincare and cosmetics as a/an antioxidant ingredient.
14. alcohols ( Alcohol Denat ) antiseptic solvent; dissolves oil; can be irritating & drying; sometimes used as a preservative
15. CI 19140. Ci 19140 is used in skincare and cosmetics as a/an cosmetic color ingredient.
16. solvents ( Water ) solvent
17. tin. Tin is used in skincare and cosmetics as a/an cleansing surfactant ingredient.

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