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What cream should I use to lighten up the color of my skin is there any brand you would recommend?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
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In brief: Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is the active ingredient in most creams that are effective in lightening skin.
There are numerous otc products, but most are of limited efficacy. Prescription hydroquinone creams work better. The highest safe strength is 4% - above that, paradoxical skin *darkening* has been reported. Insurance won't cover lightening creams because they are not considered "medically necessary.".

In brief: Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is the active ingredient in most creams that are effective in lightening skin.
There are numerous otc products, but most are of limited efficacy. Prescription hydroquinone creams work better. The highest safe strength is 4% - above that, paradoxical skin *darkening* has been reported. Insurance won't cover lightening creams because they are not considered "medically necessary.".
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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