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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Hydroquinone (Overview)

Hydroquinone is a skin-related agent.


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What is hydroquinone used for?

What is hydroquinone used for?

Bleaching cream: Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent. It's used for getting rid of hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, sun-damage spots, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
141 doctors shared insights

Hydroquinone (Overview)

Hydroquinone is a skin-related agent.


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What are the harmful effects of hydroquinone?

Color: Overuse can actually cause non reversible darkening. There have been rumors of carcinogenesis, but doubt are true and no literature to support. ...Read more

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Prescribed hydroquinone today any serious side effects I should watch out for?

Prescribed hydroquinone today any serious side effects I should watch out for?

Safe: Depending upon the concentration of hydroquinone and whether it is compounded with other medications including retinoic acid, it may produce localized inflammation. Otherwise, in lower concentrations, it is usually safe. ...Read more

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Had a red spot size of a dime used hydroquinone to lighten it up didny really work but now I have white spots around it how can I even it up?

Had a red spot size of a dime used hydroquinone to lighten it up didny really work but now I have white spots around it how can I even it up?

Hypopigmentation: When irritation and inflammation has subsided, pigment may have been lost from the skin if the pigment-containing cells (melanocytes) are damaged or destroyed. This is called postinflammatory hypopigmentation. ...Read more

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Can 2% salicylic acid lotion with a pH of 3.7 remain effective if applied over 2% hydroquinone cream?Would this compromise the effectiveness of either

Can 2% salicylic acid lotion with a pH of 3.7 remain effective if applied over 2% hydroquinone cream?Would this compromise the effectiveness of either

2% SA over 2% HQ: You should apply the salicylic acid lotion first and let it absorb for two minutes, then apply the hydroquinone cream. Follow with an antioxidant sunscreen in the daytime. ...Read more

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Would black and white cream with hydroquinone work on psoriasis area on my hand to relieve redness ?

Would black and white cream with hydroquinone work on psoriasis area on my hand to relieve redness ?

No.: Black and white cream is an old, old, old patent remedy with little or no activity against psoriasis. Hydroquinone is used to lighten brown spots. There are many modern, effective treatments for psoriasis. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have acne marks(not scars) that aren't going away. Have'em since 4 years. Nothing (chemical peels, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, sunscreen) works?

I have acne marks(not scars) that aren't going away. Have'em since 4 years. Nothing (chemical peels, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, sunscreen) works?

Acne Scars: Ice pick and scallop (scooped out) type facial acne scars are permanent. Treatment modalities include but are not limited to mechanical dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and surgical scar revision. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to determine what would be best for you. ...Read more

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is hydroquinone safe for skin ?

 is hydroquinone safe for skin ?

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

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Is hydroquinone dangerous and does it really lead to a much darker skin after its use has been stopped?

Is hydroquinone dangerous and does it really lead to a much darker skin after its use has been stopped?

Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone in topical creams is used to fade dark areas on the skin. In rare cases it can cause a paradoxical darkening of the skin. There are non hydroquinone alternatives. ...Read more

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