Will 1% Tretinoin Cream Lighten Skin Colour?

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Tretinoin as a skin lightener

Topical retinoids, although not bleaching agents, can assist in reducing hyperpigmentation as they accelerate skin exfoliation and thus result in scattering of excess pigment. For significant darkening a bleaching or brightening agent must be used.


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Tretinoin as a skin lightener

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Topical retinoids, although not bleaching agents, can assist in reducing hyperpigmentation as they accelerate skin exfoliation and thus result in scattering of excess pigment. For significant darkening a bleaching or brightening agent must be used.


New York Dermatologist

Skin lightening,

Tretinoin cream will help to speed up cell turnover, improve the overall complexion of the skin and promote new collagen resulting in less fine lines and wrinkles. A bleaching agent such as hydroquinone cream can lighten the skin after weeks to few months usage.

Skin lightening,

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Tretinoin cream will help to speed up cell turnover, improve the overall complexion of the skin and promote new collagen resulting in less fine lines and wrinkles. A bleaching agent such as hydroquinone cream can lighten the skin after weeks to few months usage.

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