The search is on for an alternative to hydroquinone, which has so far been used in beauty products for its skin lightening property. The search is gathering momentum due to fears that the FDA could ban hydroquinone because it is supposed to have cancer producing properties and damages the skin. Till now, hydroquinone has been used to effectively treat age spots, melasma and acne scars.

Alternative skin whitening products
a. Vitamins, fruit acids and botanical extracts could emerge as unconventional ingredients to remove blemishes.
b. Glutathione is also seen as a possible substitute. This antioxidant is produced in the body itself with selenium and a protein balanced diet.
c. Arbutin, a natural hydroquinone present in plants, is also being considered. However, according to experts, this is not a viable substitute.
d. Facial peels that contain lactic acid and azelaic acid can lighten the skin considerably.