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Otc Hydroquinone Products
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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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
General rule: The medication in products you use on your skin are not absorbed into the blood in detectable amounts that would bother the babies growth or development. You may find that pregnancy alters the skin & makes otherwise milder treatments harder to control & less satisfactory. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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A cream that contains hydroquinone kojic acid ascorbic acid glycolic acid good combination for lightening dark spots ?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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