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Does hydroquinone cause cancer? What is the best over-the-counter treatment to fade age spots on hands?

Does hydroquinone cause cancer? What is the best over-the-counter treatment to fade age spots on hands?

Consider Herbals: Azelaic, arbutin, kojic, licorice root extract are all herbal skin lighteners that will be a bit less potent than hydroquinone, but should help in the long run. Make sure you follow the recommended guidelines on the products you are using. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Used OTC hydroquinone 2% for years. Quit use for 4 months trying to get pregnant. Started use again 3 weeks ago then conceived! Quit again but worried?

Used OTC hydroquinone 2% for years. Quit use for 4 months trying to get pregnant. Started use again 3 weeks ago then conceived! Quit again but worried?

Hydroquinone use: There is no real definitive no don't use it or yes it is ok, but if you are pregnant you need to communicate your concerns to your ob/gyn dr. ...Read more

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Are there any OTC hydroquinone products that I can use to get back my natural skin color after years of a lot of sun exposure?

Are there any OTC hydroquinone products that I can use to get back my natural skin color after years of a lot of sun exposure?

Skin pigmentation: OTC hydroquinone products are limited to 2% in concentration which may be too low to lighten the skin after a life time of sun exposure. Hydroquinone is not a harmless drug as it may be carcinogenic. You need to see a dermatologist and get effective exfoliation of the damaged layer of the skin to achieve noticeable improvement. ...Read more

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When using Retin A (tretinoin) and Hydroquinone can you apply the Hydroquinone after applying the Retin A (tretinoin)? Will that work best for brown spots. Thank you

When using Retin A (tretinoin) and Hydroquinone can you apply the Hydroquinone after applying the Retin A (tretinoin)? Will that work best for brown spots. Thank you

Yes: Yes, I usually have patients apply the retin-A first. Give it 15-20 minutes to absorb and then apply the Hydroquinone. I usually recommend hydroquinone as spot therapy rather than the whole face and recommend a non-hydroquinone product to lighten the whole face. ZO Skin/Medical has amazing products if you are interested.

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How do I get rid of hyperpigmentation? Would Retin-A cream help? I'm using an OTC bleaching cream that contains 2% hydroquinone but it's not helping.

How do I get rid of hyperpigmentation? Would Retin-A cream help? I'm using an OTC bleaching cream that contains 2% hydroquinone but it's not helping.

Depends on the cause: Retin A (tretinoin) will definitely not help & irritate your skin more. If it's from shadows under your eyes & due to sub clinical food allergies, neither will help. Address the cause to reduce the lymphatic congestion. If area is red/brown pigmented, laser can help. If it's from recent scar, you must wait for it to heal. Solaquin Forte 2% won't help, and can hypopigment surrounding skin. (Best 2 see skin Dr.) ...Read more

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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...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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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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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 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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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

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Can I use hydroquinone with retinaldehyde and glycolic acid?

Can I use hydroquinone with retinaldehyde and glycolic acid?

Hydorquinone: I would not. First of all I am concerned about hydroquinone on the skin chronically. Second I am concerned about possible irritant interactions. ...Read more

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Prescribed hydroquinone today any serious side effects I should watch out for?

Prescribed hydroquinone today any serious side effects I should watch out for?

Safe: Depending upon the concentration of hydroquinone and whether it is compounded with other medications including retinoic acid, it may produce localized inflammation. Otherwise, in lower concentrations, it is usually safe. ...Read more

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Are titanium dioxide and hydroquinone harmful ingredients when added together?

Are titanium dioxide and hydroquinone harmful ingredients when added together?

Rx of Sunspots: Hydroquinone is used to treat spots caused by the sun. Once you have treated the spots, you need to protect from further sun damage. Titanium dioxide is an excellent sunblock to protect from both UVB and UVA. It is more practical than most other sunblocks as you only have to replace it if you rub or wash it off, not hourly. Zinc oxide is even better. Look for 8% zinc oxide, not SPF. ...Read more

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Could hydroquinone 2% be used all the time? Or are there long term side effects?

Twice a day...: ...until the dark spots disappear. The only long-term side effect, if used too often or too long, is lightening of the skin. Paradoxical darkening of the skin has also been reported, but that's with higher strengths of hydroquinone. ...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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Is hydroquinone dangerous and does it really lead to a much darker skin after its use has been stopped?

Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone in topical creams is used to fade dark areas on the skin. In rare cases it can cause a paradoxical darkening of the skin. There are non hydroquinone alternatives. ...Read more

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I used hyderquin having 2% of hydroquinone and by night that placed are bit red and visible what should I do?

I used hyderquin having 2% of hydroquinone and by night that placed are bit red and visible what should I do?

I would make appt: To see dermatologist. Hydroquinone itself is typically not that irritating but the active acid combined with it is. I would show concerned areas to dermatologist and get appropriate treatment for condition ...Read more

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