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A 30-year-old member asked:

What skin lightening creams are recommended?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Gataky
60 years experience
Hydroquinone: Products containing hydroquinone (prescription strength) will bleach hyperpigmentation.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can skin lightening creams lighten the skin too much?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
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 46-year-old member asked:

Is it bad for meto use skin lightening creams?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 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,
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is there a very powerful skin lightening cream ?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
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 44-year-old member asked:

Does moisturing cream lighten the skin?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Risk of mercury in skin lightening creams?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 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.
Last updated May 10, 2021

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