What is it?
Hydroquinone is a chemical used in photographic developer, as an antioxidant and stabilizer, reducing agent, and in medicine to remove pigmentation from hyper pigmented areas of the skin. There are several types of hydroquinone. Such as, Hydroquinone Monobenzylether, Menthyl Hydroquinone, and Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
How do I avoid it?
Contact avoidance requires reading package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer that produces products containing this ingredient.
- Depigmenting agent (blacking creams)
- Acrylic & polyester resin inhibitor, varnishes, and lacquers
- Antioxidant in animal feed, inedible oils, and fats
- Food additives
- Photographic developer and reducer
- Antioxidant in rubber
Occupations at risk to exposure:
- Antioxidant manufacturer
- Bacteriostatic agent makers
- Cosmetologists (artificial nails)
- Dental personnel
- Drug makers
- Fur processors
- Motor fuel blenders
- Organic chemical synthesizers
- Paint manufacturer
- Photographic developers for film and paper
- Plastic stabilizer workers
- Rubber antioxidant
- Stone coating workers
- Polystyrene monomer workers
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