Severe problems on left cheek and forehead from hydroquinone 4% (prescription). (photos)

I wanted to know what I can do about the skin on my left cheek and my forehead. I used hydroquinone 4% (prescription) on my left cheek and forehead for melasma and it severely scarred it the next day so I stopped using it. It's been like this for the past 2-3 days. The big black circle is from a pimple (1 week). My forehead also has dark spots from acne that I want to get rid off. I'm using benzoyl peroxide 5% daily to treat the acne and moisturizer(vitamin E and jojoba oil).

Doctor Answers 2

Getting a formal consultation with a cosmetic dermatologist

I recommend getting a formal consultation with a cosmetic dermatologist for wound care in order to prevent scarring and treatment for active acne and melasma. I recommend silicone gel with growth factors.  For melasma a combination approach is needed. We currently use clear + brilliant with bleaching and microneedling/prp and getting amazing results. I suggest you see an expert. You will need lifelong treatment, sun protection, skin care. But these treatments can give you improvement and then help you maintain. Best , Dr. Emer.

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Acne and burn from topical creams

I would see the person who prescribed the medication. I have not heard of hydroquinone leading to burns of the skin. There is a proper dosing that you need to follow. Retin A is usually used in conjunction with this as well.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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