My dermatologist prescribed me 4% hydroquinone for my stubborn acne red marks that haven't faded even 10% in the last year. When I tried using this cream I noticed a redness around all of the marks I spot treated after the 2nd day so I stopped thinking the drug doesn't do well with my skin. Is this a temporary thing that goes away after continued use?
Does Hydroquinone Irritation Go Away?
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Hydroquinones for acne scars
You neglected to mention if your skin type is one that tends to darked with inflammation from acne. Darker skin tones tend to do this. I always tell my patients that the most important part of controlling acne and its sequela is to stop the acne and its associated inflammation, HQs will do nothing for inflammation and may in fact increase inflammation as you start treatment. What it does control is the pigmentary process which is the secondary response in darker skin tones that occurs with inflammation. Multiple modalities are available to decrease the inflammation and redness: Red light diode therapy, BBL treatments, PDL and other laser modalities.
Irritation from Hydroquinone.
Hi Calibration. It's much more likely that the irritation you are experiencing is from Retin A, which is an exfoliating agent that is commonly packaged with hydroquinone.
If the irritation is too great, you can ask your doctor for something without Retin A (we use 8% hydrated pads that do not require Retin A) or try using the product less often.
If you decide to consider an alternative, pulsed dye laser treatments are great for getting rid of redness from acne scars. Good luck.
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Irritation from Hydroquinone
The initial irritation that can occur when starting hydroquinone usually resolves after continued use. Make sure to use gentle cleansers and moisturizers and to protect your skin in the colder, dry seasons. You will not see results from hydroquinone until after several months of using it and you should not use it indefinitely as there are long-term side effects.
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