What is the most effective skin lightener for topical use that can be bought without prescription? What ingredients are the best to look for when purchasing a skin lightener? Is Hydroquinone an option?
What is the Most Effective Skin Lightener?
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Effective Skin Lightener?
Thank you for your question. To help lighten your skin you may want to consult with a board certified Dermatologist to discuss your options. Hydroquinone is definitely an option to help lighten skin tone and may be found in low percentages over the counter. I hope this helps.
The most effective skin lighteners that can be purchased without a prescription is in a 2% hydroquinone.
The stronger the hydroquinone, the more effective a bleaching agent it is. You an purchase a 2% over the counter. From my office, I can prescribe compounds of 4, 6 and even 8% hydroquinones. These used in combination with Retin-A or Retinols even work better.
The only hydroquinones that have a high enough concentration to be effective are not available without a prescription.