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Whats The Best Over The Counter Hydroquinone
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What OTC products have hydroquinone? What's the max percent usage/dose for using it? Some products have 4% i need at least 50%?
Lots: Esoterica black and white palmers bleaching cream. ...Read more
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?
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
Hyperpigmentation in frown lines? Best way to get rid of it without Hydroquinone use. No fillers please.
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. http://www.arslanianplasticsurgery.com/#!services2/cwtp ...Read more
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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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