Hydroquinone for Fading Spots - New York, NY

After pregnancy I had melasma and age spots...

After pregnancy I had melasma and age spots started appearing. My dermatologist recommended Obagi Blue chemical peel.

I decided not to do this...was too expensive and he warned me I needed to stay out of the sun for a period of time. This isn't possible because I work at a plant nursery part-time. He then prescribed me a product with 4% hydroquinine called Aclaro. I used it twice daily. It took about 2 months until I saw good fading on my cheek spots. For some reason the spot on my nose didn't change! In the end I bet I spent more on Aclaro both in terms of money and time than the Obaji. So, my recommendation is go for something that'll give you fast repair, not a product like Aclaro or even Perricone (tried that too).

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Hi im 23years and have used hydroquinone 2% for a long time.When i read about it im really scary. But i like to use it.can i use it for lifelong?
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You should take a break from it from time to time, esp if you plan on being in the sun. But keep in mind that the studies were not conducted on humans, from what I have read. Also -- I believe the amounts used were EATEN rather than rubbed on the body (please verify this, any researchers on here?) So unless you plan on eating it, I say go for it but don't overdo. And if cancer runs in your family, try kojic acid, vitamin c, plus major sunscreen and you might never need it anyway at your age.
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Hi.Im a 23 year girl.I have used hydroquinone usp 2% for a very long time but when i read about it i feel very scary.Can i use hydroquinone usp 2% for lifelong period.
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Hi CJBRH, where can one get seven percent hydroquinone? I want to try it....and I need to do something for this old looking hide of mine!
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I had IPL and altho I initially liked it, after a while it didn't seem effective and the spots came back.

I've been using a 7% hydroquinone product (rx) and it did very well for me. I use it once a day, every other day, but at first used it twice a day. It does have some slight peeling, like dust, when I use it twice a day. I'm blond and freckly, and for the first time in my life I have no spots on my face, the age/sun spots are GONE (even the one IPL didn't get), and the other freckles are faded. Didn't help with under eye circles though.

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i guess it's really dangerous to use. just for a quick update, i'm doing well with Metaderm even if it has no hydroquinone. i think there are really many other effective alternatives for hydroquinone. thanks by the way!
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I have always used hydroquinone 4% mixed with RetinA at night time. I used it periodically since it tends to peel my skin. I used 5 treatments of IPL and I have noticed a great improvement on my brown spots. I have ethnic skin (Mexican and 42 yrs old) and this works just fine. My skin looks better after using the RetinA since it also helps with wrinkles. If you want to always have good skin, this treatment must be used for years! Sun damage was done for years too, so it's only logical that to remove the damage, one must un- do it for years. Keep it in mind. It's a lifelong committment. Not to mention that SUNBLOCK must be used religiously every morning before make up.
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Thanks for suggesting to use Retin-A. I was just prescribed HQ 4% and haven't used it yet but looking to lighten the darkness around my eyes.
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hi! may i know the effect of hydroquinone on your skin? i'm quite scared before of buying it because they said it's quite harmful to the skin. i'm on Metaderm now, a kskin lightening cream without hydroquinone.
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I am not quite sure. I kind of stopped using it since I'm traveling and overseas. For the time I used it, it seemed fine though I think it might be harmful for long term use. I'm a brown dude with darker than brown around the eyes so I only really used it in a small area.
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Would this product work for a rosacea problem (if other solutions like pulsed light did not work)? Thanks
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I too started using hydroquinone for some highly pigmented areas on the side of my face. About 2 weeks ago, I started using Porcelana (2% hydroquinone ). I think it has lightened the spots a little, not radically but i did not think it would work quickly. Based on Susan T's feedback, I have a feeling that is an accurate statement. I did use it on a blemish mark and a spot for ingrown hairs and feel those spots are fading faster than the age spots.
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