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What is the definition or description of: Melanex allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Melanex allergy?

Melanex allergy: Melanex (Hydroquinone) is used to lighten areas of dark skin. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-6900/melanex-topical/details ...Read more

Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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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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Is hydroquinone really dangerous so it was banned?

Is hydroquinone really dangerous so it was banned?

Only OTC: Only over-the-counter preparations of hydroquinone were banned. This was due to concerns about it being a potential carcinogen. As far as I'm aware it is still available by prescription in the us. ...Read more

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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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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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What will happen if you stop using hydroquinone?

What will happen if you stop using hydroquinone?

Breaks are recommend: HQ works to prevent production of melanin in a specific area. It is not a good idea to use it constantly I limit my patients to 12 weeks on and 12 weeks off. When removed in a short time you will be able to produce melanin again ...Read more

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Is hydroquinone safe? Could it be used most oftthe time?

Is hydroquinone safe? Could it be used most oftthe time?

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

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What do I need to know about starting lustra (hydroquinone)?

What do I need to know about starting lustra (hydroquinone)?

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

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Does hydroquinone reduce darkness due to jockitch? How much time does it take?

Does hydroquinone reduce darkness due to jockitch? How much time does it take?

Perhaps, takes month: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, or darkness after inflammation such as from jock itch (tinea infection) can take months to disappear. Hydroquinone might shorten that time, but can also cause irritation so isn't recommended. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I only use hydroquinone on my back, will I be safe from it darkening?

Can you tell me if I only use hydroquinone on my back, will I be safe from it darkening?

I don't find that HQ: Alone works well, and it seems to work better when combine with hydroxy acids or retinoids ...Read more

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Hi. I've been using 2% hydroquinone for 2m consistently and the last 2m only occasionally. First time, but worried about developing resistance. Likely?

Hi. I've been using 2% hydroquinone for 2m consistently and the last 2m only occasionally. First time, but worried about developing resistance. Likely?

Prevention is key: Resistance to topical hydroquinone is unlikely, but pigmentation problems will return if you do not adopt an appropriate prevention strategy including vigilant use of sun block and use of hats to prevent further sun exposure. ...Read more

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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

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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 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 linked to an increase in cancer?

Is hydroquinone linked to an increase in cancer?

Yes, in rodents: Hydroquinione is used as a topical agent to remove pigment from skin. It is banned in europe, australia and parts of asia due to data from studies that linked high doses of hydroquinone to cancer in mice. In 2006 the fda issued a 4 month ban to review data and then allowed for it's use to treat melisma. There is no data directly link to cancer in humans, but it is classified as a toxin by epa. ...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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Which bleaching cream contains the most hydroquinone?

Which bleaching cream contains the most hydroquinone?

See derm: See your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. This way you can get the percentage you want or need. ...Read more

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Hydroquinone side effects serious?

Irritation: Used properly it should be limited to irritation. Overuse could rarely cause systemic effects. ...Read more

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Does hydroquinone remove stretch mark?

Does hydroquinone remove stretch mark?

Unfortunately not: While topical hydroquinone may lighten abnormally darkened areas of skin in and around stretch marks, the drug itself will not remove the stretch mark. ...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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Does hydroquinone lower fertility rate in women?

Does hydroquinone lower fertility rate in women?

Very possibly: While you do not state what type of hydroquinone you take (oral, topical?). Infertility has been associated in numerous studies with even topical hydroquinone, and one can infer that it probably affects fertility in oral form also. Check the online PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) for this question searching under the exact product you are using. ...Read more

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Can kojic acid and hydroquinone be mixed together?

Can kojic acid and hydroquinone be mixed together?

I wouldn't: Hydroquinone will do great skin lightening and you do not need kojic acid. However, hq should not be used longer than 12 weeks and than you can switch to kojic acid. ...Read more

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How do you know if you're allergic to hydroquinone?

How do you know if you're allergic to hydroquinone?

Allergy: You have to take the medication and see if you have an adverse reaction. There is no way to find out otherwise. ...Read more

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Could ochronosis only occur where you put hydroquinone?

Ochronosis: Ochronosis is a metabolic disorder that results in hyperpigmentation of the skin. This condition may also involve other areas of connective tissue including the cartilage and eye. The use of hydroquinone may lead to hyperpigmentation of the skin and is referred to as exogenous ochronosis. This is most often limited to areas in which the medication is applied. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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