Plant May Improve Skin-Whitening Creams, Kaohsiung Medical University Study Finds  
3/30/2011 6:50:28 AM

MSN -- While many Americans often long for the perfect tan, a popular desire in Asia for many women and men is fair skin. Current skin-whitening products often contain mercury and the chemical hydroquinone, a potential carcinogen that can cause inflammation, itching and even skin cancer. Now researchers report finding a plant-based chemical that they say could lighten skin more effectively and safely.