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A 46-year-old member asked:

is it bad for meto use skin lightening creams?

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Skin lighteners: There area many different skin lighteners available. Have your skin evaluated by a board certified physician who can make the best recommendation for you,
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Could be: Here is some suggestion that some creams may increase your risk for skin cancer. They certainly make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage so sunblock should always be used with skin lightened

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Risk of mercury in skin lightening creams?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Foreign-made only.: Mercury is tightly controlled and virtually absent from cosmetics made in the U.S., but some lightening creams made in other countries do have it. It's illegal to sell mercury-containing products in the states, but people buy them online from foreign retailers, or bring them into the country in their luggage. Never use creams of any kind containing mercury; it's very dangerous.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

How does skin lightening cream work? Is it beneficial?

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Dr. Nelson Lee Novick
Dermatology 46 years experience
Fade Creams: Otc and rx skin lightening creams or fade creams may include hydroquinone, kojic acid, arbutin, licorice extract, and glycolic acid. Which work by interfering with melanin (pigment) production, speeding skin cell turnover, or interfering with melanin transfer. They are most beneficial in conjunction with office-based txs.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How do I lighten my skin?

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Lightening skin: A number of things can lighten skin. It really depends on what your particular problem may be. Hydroquinone is a common bleaching substance and retinoids (prescription meds or otc compounds) can also cause some lightening. Your dermatologist can help you find out what might be best for you.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What kind of skin lightening cream would be better for me at 66?

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Sunscreen and Niacin: In order to lighten the skin effectively, it is important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen every day. Applying a topical cream with niacinamide (nia 24) will reduce the appearance of brown spots.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Do skin lightening lotions and creams lighten skin permanently?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Temporarily: Unfortunately, only temporarily.

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