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What is the effective dosage or percentage of hydroquinone to treat mild hyper pigmentation after healed acne?
4% is common: Usually combined with tretinoin and cortisone for maximal effect. Take a month off every few weeks to avoid paradoxical ochronosis. Once acne is controlled, the skin will gradually heal. Tretinoin [adapalene] cream or gel can be used for a long time to smooth the color and surface. ...Read more
What OTC products have hydroquinone? What's the max percent usage/dose for using it? Some products have 4% i need at least 50%?
Lots: Esoterica black and white palmers bleaching cream. ...Read more
Yes: It is safe if you know you aren't allergic to it. Before using it on a larger area of skin, test it on a small inconspicuous patch of skin first to make sure you don't turn bright red, or painful, or itchy, or blistering.Be careful not to get it in your eyes, or on the inside of your nose or mouth and be careful in the sun or when using tanning beds as it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun ...Read more
Hydroquinone: Lustra is a type of topical skin bleaching agent that contains hydroquinone. Hydroquinone has been used for years to bleach out darks spots on the skin (usually the face). Some people are voicing concern that hydroquinone may have long-term safety issues. Therefore, the use of hydroquinone for skin bleaching has been used less and less over the past couple years. ...Read more
I don't find that HQ: alone works well, and it seems to work better when combine with hydroxy acids or retinoids ...Read more
Hi. I've been using 2% hydroquinone for 2m consistently and the last 2m only occasionally. First time, but worried about developing resistance. Likely?
Hydroquinone have side effact, if yes than please tell me what is side effact of it.Can I use it without any medical suggestion.How to apply in my body?
Paradoxic darkening: Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent. It will lighten any skin that it is applied to. The only known side effects are allergy (like everything else) and, if applied at a strength greater than 4%, the possibility of paradoxical darkening of the treated skin. Apply it once a day, at bedtime, to the darkened skin. ...Read more
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
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