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Which is better and safer for lightening skin: alpha arbutin or hydroquinone ?

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In brief: Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is certainly more potent in real clinical settings.
However, it is quite concentration dependent. I do not find the 2% concentrations to be very effective vs. the 4% concentrations (or higher if compounded) that you can get by prescription. Nonetheless, Arbutin could be quite effective as a stand alone treatment for milder cases of hyperpigmentation.

In brief: Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is certainly more potent in real clinical settings.
However, it is quite concentration dependent. I do not find the 2% concentrations to be very effective vs. the 4% concentrations (or higher if compounded) that you can get by prescription. Nonetheless, Arbutin could be quite effective as a stand alone treatment for milder cases of hyperpigmentation.
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