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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Is it safe to use hydroquinone 4% as lotion on face for 2 months or not , in case to enlighten the face color??

Is it  safe to use hydroquinone 4% as lotion on face for 2 months or not , in case to enlighten the face color??

Needs monitoring : Although this is safe, caution must be taken and I recommend you are followed by a dermatologist or you regular family physician. ...Read more

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How long to c result from hydroquinone 2% if fair skinned.just want to remove sun tan?and is it safe to apply on entire face and neck?and how often?

How long to c result from hydroquinone 2% if fair skinned.just want to remove sun tan?and is it safe to apply on entire face and neck?and how often?

Weeks : You should start to see the effects of the lightening cream within weeks. It is safe to apply on the face and neck and usually used nightly. Thanks for trusting in Healthtap! ...Read more

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Is a face cream and hand lotion containing hydroquinone safe to use everyday?

Is a face cream and hand lotion containing hydroquinone safe to use everyday?

That is a good ?: There is controversy over use of hydroquinones. I believe they are safe, but i recommend they be used four-6 months on and then a break taken for a month. There is no great data to support need for break so it's more habit. HQ is found in nature and products we use regularly as well, so yes I believe in the right conditions it is a great medicine ...Read more

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I used hydroquinone on my face the other day and woke up with lots of small pimples with white puss like liquids. It is itchy and irritating.

Stop using it: You may be sensitive to the product and whatever it is mixed with. Usually it is combined with kojic acid or vitamin c or other products. See your prescribing doctor for follow up. ...Read more

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With hydroquinone, do you put it on the entire face or do you just dot it on each dark mark?

With hydroquinone, do you put it on the entire face or do you just dot it on each dark mark?

Be selective: Hydroquinone stops melanin production when used on skin. If your dark spots are recent from sun exposure you should only use the cream on the spots. If used on the entire skin, your skin tone will lighten and could make spots appear more. First you need a diagnosis to determine what your spots are from. HQ is usually a prescription product so consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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What side effects will there be after using hydroquinone on face and touches sunlight?

What side effects will there be after using hydroquinone on face and touches sunlight?

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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