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Is hydroquinone dangerous and does it really lead to a much darker skin after its use has been stopped?
Years of hirsutism and ingrown hairs now looking for cream to fade dark spots. Cream with hydroquinone has worked well for me in the past but spots return when not using daily and read poss dangerous?
Hydroquinone–Tretinoin–Mometasone these contains in my cream. Which I m applying for acne n scar on face. Are these fine or dangerous??
Safe is a relative term.: The medication does cause cancer in mice. I would be a bit apprehensive if using this medication if you become pregnant. Unfortunately there's not a study that says it is safe if you're pregnant. It is frequently used over-the-counter and a 2% concentration but the 4% concentration which is felt to be most effective for smoothing the discolorations of the skin is a prescription item. ...Read more
Bleaching agent: This is more commonly known as hydroquinone and is available over the counter in2% formulations but as a prescription in 4-7% strengths. It is generally used in combo with Retin-A and topicsl steroids and kojic acid. It is a skin irritant and sunblock must be used while undergoing therapy. There are some concerns with its potential increase risk of skin cancer which has limited its use and availab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sun block is key: Skin lighteners such as kojic acid, hydroquinone, and plant extracts should only be used if proper sun protection is used. Over the counter products are safe and generally contain 2% kojic acid which limit their effectiveness. They work by blocking the production of melanin which is the natural pigment in the skin cells. Always check with a dermatologist to make sure there are no contraindications. ...Read more