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What Do I Use to Brighten my Face After Using Accutane?

i just completed 6months treatment of acnetane annd currently onn differin gel but my face has patches of different shades. how do i even out my skin tone. thank you

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Lightening the skin after Accutane


Decision on what to use to brighten the skin after Accutane depends on whether the irritation from Accutane has resolved.

If it has not, I would be very gentle and primarily concentrate on sunscreens and twice weekly Differin.

If the redness has resolved, I would introduce a hydroquinone 4%.  There are preparations in combination with tretinoin or alpha hydroxy acids that may speed up the fading action of the hydroquinone.

Continue using a sunscreen daily no matter what.

Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Skin Care for Pigmentation


You can get great results correcting pigmentation with your everyday skin care. Epiquin Micro is a prescription skin lightening cream with 4% hydroquinone that we offer in our office. Epiquin will even skin tone with a bit of retinol and antioxidants Vitamin C and E with twice daily use. Another great option is a series of chemical peels for quick results to even skin tone and texure, and even give your skin a collagen boost. 

Mona Salem Foad, MD
Cincinnati Dermatologist

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