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Doctor insights on: Otc Hydroquinone Products

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What drugstore products use retin-a/tretinoin?

What drugstore products use retin-a/tretinoin?

Retin-A=prescription: Retin-a is a prescription medication and not available in otc products. However other retinoids such as retinol are widely available in many cosmeceuticals. ...Read more

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Can OTC antibacterial products be overused?

Can OTC antibacterial products be overused?

I believe so.: That is why I use soap and water when I can vice always using hand sanitizer. ...Read more

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Kojic acid whitening cream good for skin?

Kojic acid whitening cream  good for skin?

Not necessarily: Bad or good. It is a very weak "lightener" of skin, so people do often use it for issues like melasma. But like with any cream you can react to it and alterations in pigmentation can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Remember most facial products containing kojic acid contain other products which add further properties to the product(s) beside "lightening". ...Read more

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Otc remedies for photoaging?

Otc remedies for photoaging?

Retinols, Sunscreen: There are several non-prescription products that can be used for photoaging or sun damage. Products containing retinols, a precursor of tretinoic acid or retin-a, are very beneficial in evening pigment and increasing collagen. Prevention of further damage is also extremely important and a good sunscreen with spf30 or higher should be used daily along with a good cleanser and moisturizer. ...Read more

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Do nivea creams contain matrixyl?

Do nivea creams contain matrixyl?

Depends: If the specific nivea product is supposed to help wrinkles then it may contain matrixyl. If it contains matrixyl then the label should indicate so. ...Read more

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Best OTC retinols p?

Roc products: These are onderful and not as irritating. Always apply 30 minutes after washing. ...Read more

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Are hydroquinone cream products good for whitening and removing acne red marks?

Are hydroquinone cream products good for whitening and removing acne red marks?

It's about pigment: Hydroquinone works by decreasing the pigment cells in your skin. Let your doctor look at the scarring to determine if this is redness from blood vessels or is it pigment associated with pih or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. If it is pigment, hydroquinone will be your ticket. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter products contain pseudoephedrine?

Which over-the-counter products contain pseudoephedrine?

Too many: But if the end of the product has a -D on it, it likely has pseudoephedrine. Phenylnephrine may also be used as a decongestant but it is less effective than pseudoephedrine. ...Read more

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Which one should I use for sensitive skin? Benzoyl peroxide acne cream or salicylic acid acne cream?

Which one should I use for sensitive skin? Benzoyl peroxide acne cream or salicylic acid acne cream?

Benzyl/salicylic aci: One has to try benzyl proxide low strength like 2.5% and if tolerated can be increased to 5%., not cream but wash .But if not tolerated than you can try 1%salicylic acid and can be increased to 2% if tolerated. You have to try what your skin can tolearate, it varies from perso0n to person.If in doubt, consult your md/dermatologist. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter salicylic acid facial products safe to use while pregnant?

Are over-the-counter salicylic acid facial products safe to use while pregnant?

No: Salacylic acid and retinoids (retin a, differing, tazorac) are definite no no's for expecting mothers. Try glycolic acid washes or antibacterial soaps. ...Read more

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Which OTC wart removal products really work well?

Which OTC wart removal products really work well?

Warts: Each night before going to bed soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and then hold it in place with a band-aid. Leave it on all night, or if you like, 24 hours a day but change the soaked cotton and band-aid each evening for a week. The wart will swell and may throb as it reacts with the vinegar and then start to turn black within the first two days and in two weeks gone. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter products are best for acne skin?

Which over-the-counter products are best for acne skin?

Salicylic acid /BPO: Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the main active ingredients in most of the over the counter acne medications. You choose what strength you want for each, up to 3% for sa and up to 10% for bpo. Sometimes the combination of both can help. If you are no better within 6-8 weeks, call your doctor for help. ...Read more

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Are skin whitening creams available over the counter?

Are skin whitening creams available over the counter?

Yes, but not good: You can get otc bleach cream but it is limited to only 1-2% hydroquinone (bleaching agent). For effective skin lightening one needs greater than 6%. This must be through a doctor that treats hyper-pigmentation because there are very special rules and precautions that must be followed. ...Read more

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Are dononex and tazorac (tazarotene) available OTC ?

Are dononex and tazorac (tazarotene) available OTC                                                                                                            ?

No.: I assume you meant "dovonex". Dovonex is a vitamin d-derived cream or ointment used to treat psoriasis, and tazorac (tazarotene) is a retinoid cream (similar to retin-a) used to treat acne and psoriasis. Both are available by prescription only. ...Read more

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