Seeing Results with Hydroquinone
If you’re bothered by freckles, age spots and skin discoloration, hydroquinone may be your ticket to clear, vibrant skin.
Numerous studies and user reviews have shown hydroquinone to be an effective treatment for uneven skin pigmentation. It works by suppressing melanin production (which normally causes the skin to darken following sun exposure).
This process prevents further discoloration. Hydroquinone also corrects any visible discoloration by lightening the skin.
Note: Hydroquinone is classified as an over-the-counter skin treatment in concentrations up to 2 percent. Higher concentrations usually require a prescription.
Results should start to be noticeable within four weeks of treatment. In some cases it may take longer to see any change in the skin. The more significant your skin discoloration is, the longer it will take to see results. If you don’t see results within three months, however, you should stop using hydroquinone.
A few things to remember when using hydroquinone…
Do not use other products containing benzoyl peroxide.
- Combining hydroquinone with other skin care products that contain benzoyl peroxide or hydrogen peroxide (both commonly found in over-the-counter acne medicines) can cause temporary skin discoloration.
Take extra precautions to protect your skin from sun damage.
- Hydroquinone reduces melanin production, which in turn makes your skin lighter. Because melanin production is down, your skin will also be more sensitive to sun exposure. If you aren’t already wearing sunscreen, it’s time to make it a part of your daily routine.
Be careful when using hydroquinone near your eyes.
- If hydroquinone comes into direct contact with your eyes, it can cause serious damage. It’s important to use extra caution when applying a hydroquinone-based cream anywhere near your eyes. If you accidentally get hydroquinone in your eyes, you should rinse them with water and contact your doctor right away.