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Kim asks…When using hydroquinone to fade hyperpigmentation what products should I use to increase its effectiveness and what should I use to avoid losing its benefits?
The Right Brain replies:
Hydroquinone is a skin lightening agent that works by blocking the production of melanin, the brownish pigment that colors age spots and sun tans. It remains a controversial ingredient because it has been linked to cancer concerns. While some countries (e.g., France) have banned it, it remains available for sale in the US at a 2% strength (in cosmetics) and a 4% strength (in prescription products.)
You should check with your dermatologist before mixing any products that have a physiological effect on skin, but here are a few tricks we learned by reading Wikipedia. (Yes, even the Beauty Brains use Wikipedia from time to time.)
What you should do
- Combine with exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids to speed up the lightening process.
- Combine with Retin-A to more effectively to prevent sun- or hormone-induced melasma.
What you should NOT do
- Do NOT use with other skin lighteners such as glucocorticoids or mercury iodine because the combination can cause negative skin reactions.
- Be careful of using ANY products that irritate your skin because hydroquinione itself is an irritant.
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