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Does hydroquinone cause cancer? What is the best over-the-counter treatment to fade age spots on hands?
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
I like HQ for my patients who need protection from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after laser procedures, but for a more gentle reduction of age-spots I recommend the herbal skin lighteners. You can combine any of these products with Retin-A to get a faster response. Remember to protect your skin from more spots with SPF. Good luck!
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Revaleskin,
Revaleskin with coffee berry, is a no hydroquinone opt in.
However fading creams do not remove age spots only lighten them. An ill or laser can be used to remove age spots in1-2 sessions with only slight redness for a few days. The q switched laser used for tattoos is designed for age spots.

In brief: Revaleskin,
Revaleskin with coffee berry, is a no hydroquinone opt in.
However fading creams do not remove age spots only lighten them. An ill or laser can be used to remove age spots in1-2 sessions with only slight redness for a few days. The q switched laser used for tattoos is designed for age spots.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
No increase in cancer personally i don't know otc hydrquinone preparations.

In brief: No
No increase in cancer personally i don't know otc hydrquinone preparations.
Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone has not been proven to cause cancer in humans at the doses used cosmetically.
The question is still being investigated. Elure is a new topical lightening cream that works differently than hydroquinone on the pigment cell pathway. It offers a quicker action of onset by immediately lightening the pigment granules rather than destroying the production of new pigment cells.

In brief: Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone has not been proven to cause cancer in humans at the doses used cosmetically.
The question is still being investigated. Elure is a new topical lightening cream that works differently than hydroquinone on the pigment cell pathway. It offers a quicker action of onset by immediately lightening the pigment granules rather than destroying the production of new pigment cells.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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