Do you want to bleach skin that is discolored or simply want to lighten your entire face or an area of your body?
Hydroquinone cream is a popular method many people use. In the US, you can buy strengths of two percent and below over the counter (and that’s what we will talk about here). But what you need to know is that this skin lightening cream is powerful, therefore it’s important to follow directions when using it.
One of the so called benefits of hydroquinone is that it helps diminish darks spots or discoloration on the face. Hydroquinone combines scientific technology with natural ingredients giving it a very unique structure. This creation is said to help many people with everything from sun spots, to age spots to acne scars. Let’s take a closer look into this high tech beauty compound and find out why it works.
Hydroquinone cream can be marketed in many different ways. Some manufacturers use other products such as various vitamins like C, E, and B to give their creams a little more of a botanical base to help counter the chemicals found inside of them. These combinations are said to work because of these two very different and unique types of ingredients that actually work well together. You have the science of hydroquinone, which is stated to work as a skin lightener. Plus you have the vitamins, which are essential not only for the skin, but for the whole body. So you not only get ingenuity at it’s finest, but you also get good old fashion holistic beauty.
So does this skin lightening cream work immediately?
It has been said that it takes up to 4 weeks for this product to show any signs of progress in regards to working as a skin lightener. In order for the full effect to be visually noticeable it may take about 8-12 weeks. Don’t worry though, you won’t all of a sudden become a different race or anything to that extent. It is more of a gradual change, with a gradual change in color of the skin (less pigment).
So how often should I use it?
Even though 2% and below is non-prescription, you should still discuss it with a dermatologist to make sure you are using it correctly. Many people use hydroquinone cream for a period of time as outlined in the product’s directions. There has been talk about it causing cancer after experiments were done where rats were given extremely high doses of it. However many say this is an unfair comparison to humans since the rats were given it to ingest and the dosage was hundreds of times more than normal. So this is a product that has been popular for about 50 years and there is a lack of evidence to support these claims in humans. If it was unsafe the FDA probably wouldn’t allow strengths 2% and under to be sold over the counter. But if you are in doubt about whether or not to use this. it is always better to ask your doctor before you start any type of skin care regimen, especially in regards to anything that involves skin lightening.
Is it okay to go out into the sun when I use hydroquinone?
If you insist on going out in the sun it is very important to either purchase a cream with sun-block and UV protection, or purchase your own separately and put on on top of the hydroquinone cream. It has been noted that in order for the hydroquinone to work properly, sun exposure should be minimal. So make sure to remember that when you are catching some rays.
Hopefully I have answered many of your questions in regards to hydroquinone cream and what it is used for. Just as with any treatment it is imperative that you speak with your doctor before trying this type of skin treatment or any type of treatment. I am not a medical professional and do not claim to be therefore seeking a professional opinion is what you should do. When used as instructed, skin bleaching cream can be an extremely effective and fast way to lighten skin.