is a synthetic derivative of hydroquinone (while hydroquinone is a derivative of arbutin)
and is a depigmenting agent. Mequinol is much stronger
than hydroquinone. Mequinol
can competitively inhibit the formation of melanin precursors, if used in high doses. In other words, skin bleaching with Mequinol
can cause semi-permanent whitening with continued use
. Like hydroquinone
, if you stop using Mequinol skin bleach your natural color will eventually return. But it would take much longer to return to your original skin color, than if you were just using hydroquinone skin bleach.
Please know that if you use Mequinol
alone, skin whitening will not be even at first. Your skin will whiten in patches first, and it won’t be attractive. This is well known among high-dose Mequinol users. Fortunately, there’s a way to prevent this. The same way I’ve taught you to dilute your hydroquinone cream… You’ll be using that same method until you can start using your MEQ cream undiluted. Only your HQ cream will be in place of your plain body lotion. You’ll dilute your MEQ
cream with your Hydroquinone 30% cream
. This way you can avoid the “white patches”. Full detailed instructions comes with your Mequinol powder; recipe & usage.
To give you an idea of how strong Mequinol is. Mequinol 2% cream
is the equivalent to the strength of hydroquinone 3% cream
, plus it’s whitening mechanism causes semi-permanent skin bleaching as explained above. Again, you’ll have to slowly acclimate your skin to Mequinol the same as you’ve done with your hydroquinone 30% cream
Mequinol Powder, MEQ, 4-Methoxyphenol, CAS# 150-75-5