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What is the effective dosage or percentage of hydroquinone to treat mild hyper pigmentation after healed acne?

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

Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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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

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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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May i know about lustra (hydroquinone) ?

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 more

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If anyone has used lustra (hydroquinone)?

If anyone has used lustra (hydroquinone)?

Yes: For pigmented spots, usually for face. It's a bleaching cream. ...Read more

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Is hydroquinone safe for skin decoration?

Is hydroquinone safe for skin decoration?

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

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Is hydroquinone safe to apply to the skin?

Is hydroquinone safe to apply to the skin?

It's usually safe: For the most part, hydroquinone is safe for the skin. Unfortunately, there is a small percentage of patients who can react to hydroquinone. The most common reaction is redness/irritation. Additionally, we do not recommend that patients use hydroquinone consistently more than 3 or 4 months because there is an extremely rare side effect of skin darkening. We don't recommend use during pregnancy. ...Read more

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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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