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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
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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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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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What are vitamin a/retinol cosmetic products that do not have hydroquinone?

What are vitamin a/retinol cosmetic products that do not have hydroquinone?

Safer: Hydroquinone is a synthetic chemical that is used a skin lightner. It can be very toxic and is banned in europe which had stricter regulations than the us. It is particularly more dangerous for women of color who are more likely to use it. Avoid it. ...Read more

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May i know the side effect of hydroquinone+tretinoin+mometasone furoate..... Why this compostion shows its result for short term only?

May i know the side effect of hydroquinone+tretinoin+mometasone furoate.....
Why this compostion shows its result for short term only?

Quite a number: The following are some of the common side effects: -pruritus, dryness, redness, bluish grey coloration (ochronosis), sun burns, sensitization, peeling of the skin, distorted sensation to touch (paraesthesia), photosensitivity, telangiectasia (tiny dilated blood vessel on the skin). Check with your doctor to find out why your symptoms return. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of hydroquinone tretinion?

What are the side effects of hydroquinone tretinion?

Irritation: The skin will become irritated and more senstive to sunburns, it is used for lightening dark skin on the face and can be safely used once a day. ...Read more

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Could 2% hydroquinone cause irreversible darkening long term or is this only with higher concentrations? (This really gave me doubts) ADVICE? Thanks

Could 2% hydroquinone cause irreversible darkening long term or is this only with higher concentrations? (This really gave me doubts) ADVICE? Thanks

Skin pigmentation : Hydroquinone is used to reduce pigmentation of skin. OTC preparations are 2% and stronger preps are 4% and as high as 10%. An unusual reaction of this medicine can be bluish dark discoloration of skin called Onchronosis Cause se is not known but it us rare. ...Read more

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Could hydroquinone 2% be used all the time? Or are there long term side effects?

Could hydroquinone 2% be used all the time? Or are there long term side effects?

Twice a day...: ...until the dark spots disappear. The only long-term side effect, if used too often or too long, is lightening of the skin. Paradoxical darkening of the skin has also been reported, but that's with higher strengths of hydroquinone. ...Read more

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