We have all suffered from the symptoms of not getting enough sleep, including eye bags. Whether you call it puffiness, dark circles, or under-eye bags, after a sleepless night, we tend to use products like creams, gels, and serums to remedy under-eye issues. But, if you're using an under-eye product that contains THIS particular ingredient, experts say that it's time to find a new go-to fix.
Hydroquinone is a cosmetic ingredient known for its lightening properties, which may sound like a good thing for under-eye bags and dark circles, but licensed esthetician Ada Lamela says it's actually one of the worst that you can use. "[Hydroquinone is] known for its harmful side effects and can cause irritation, redness, swelling, and photosensitivity [to] UV lights," she says.
In addition to its skin irritating side effects, hydroquinone can actually worsen dark circles and hyperpigmentation if not used correctly. "The effect of skin lightening caused by hydroquinone is reversible when exposed to sunlight," the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology reports.
"For some people, the cream can cause excessively dry skin, or you might experience redness and a burning sensation," the Dermatology Review reports. "It’s also important to note that the cream should not be used if you are pregnant or are breast feeding, even if you’re using the over the counter version."
If you generally have sensitive skin, or spend a lot of time in the sun, you may want to avoid an eye cream that contains hydroquinone. Be sure to consult with your dermatologist to find the best under-eye products for your skin -- and make sure you're reading the ingredients list on your favorite skincare products carefully!