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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 47 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.
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 26 years experience
I agree: They certainly can work well. However many patients may forget to use a sunscreen and end up with a recurrence of their problem.

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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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