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A 18-year-old male asked:

Is skin lightening cream recommened for darker skin?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical question?: I suspect that this is more a social-political question given that you are from India rather than a medical question. Any medication used for that purpose can have its adverse consequences.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How do I lighten up a dark spot on my skin?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Lighter skin: For lighter skin – always protect your skin. 1. Use a broad spectrum sun screen with a high SPF. Apply as often as needed. 2. Wears hat or other clothing to protect skin from Sun’s UV rays. 3. Try to avoid mid-day sun. A medication like hydroquinone could be used for a small spot.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is there a very powerful skin lightening cream ?

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Dr. Larry Maturani
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Hydroxyurea: There are numerous creams used for malasma (dark spots) that incorporate hydroxyurea. Also tretinoin, kojic and Azelaic Acid in various mixtures good for skin bleeching. Also chemical peel may be used in the treatment. If you are talking about the entire body, you will need to see a dermatologist to discuss the therapy.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can skin lightening creams lighten the skin too much?

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Dr. Harry Greenberg
Dermatology 28 years experience
Ask Michael Jackson: Yes, they can. We use a 4% hydroquinone at my practice, but a 20% like benoquin (monobenzone) can bleach you forever. Over the counter products are typically ok.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What skin lightening creams are recommended?

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Dr. George Gataky
60 years experience
Hydroquinone: Products containing hydroquinone (prescription strength) will bleach hyperpigmentation.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Does moisturing cream lighten the skin?

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Dr. Debra Atkins
Dermatology 21 years experience
Thanks for asking!: Not really, the skin lighteners are usually the hydroquiones and many botanticals that end in the word berry and kojic acid. The best defense is spf moisturizer every day and go see your dermatologist for other options like lasers, chemical peels and other devices.

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