Hydroquinone is a skin bleaching agent which is used to reduce the production of melanin, an element that is responsible for the brown color of the skin, and lightens dark spots on skin caused by freckles and melasma. There is a wide range of brands available in the market which manufactures hydroquinone cream such as, Alacrom, Glyguin, Melanol, Viquin etc. Although some have voiced out their concerns about the safety of this particular agent, researches have clearly revealed that this agent in question, hydroquinone, is not dangerous if used in proper amounts and in right concentrations.

Results of lighter skin start showing after 3 or 4 weeks of use and it should be used regularly with proper care to have the best outcome. But in cases where 3 months of a dose fails to improve a condition one should stop using hydroquinone creams.

It is wise to consult a physician before deciding to choose a skin whitener like hydroquinone and it is also advisable that people who are allergic to drugs and have kidney or liver problems should avoid the use of this particular medicine.

Using Hydroquinone Cream

  • When using hydroquinone cream for the very first time, it is advisable to apply a little amount of the cream on the skin and wait for at least 24 hours to check whether rashes develop. Itching and irritating effects should be immediately reported to the doctor before further use of the cream.
  • The affected parts of the skin should be cleaned and dried before applying the cream by gently massaging it over the skin uniformly.
  • A missed dose should have a make up within the quickest possible time. However, if the time for the missed dose is almost over, it should be skipped and the user should continue the regular schedule of dose avoiding two doses at once. A regular dose would produce the best possible results.

Safety Information

  • Exposure to sun should be avoided before and after a dose of hydroquinone cream by using sunscreen and protective garments to cover the affected patches.
  • Hydroquinone should be used externally only. A doctor should be contacted immediately, if the cream gets into eyes, mouth or nose.
  • It should not be used on broken skin.
  • Products containing hydrogen peroxide and benzoyl peroxide interact with the cream producing dark marks on the skin.
  • Hydroquinone creams often contain sulfites, which cause allergy in users having an asthmatic condition. A pharmacist should be conferred with to know more specifically about the ingredients of a particular hydroquinone cream.
  • Children below the age of 12 should not use hydroquinone cream as it has its effectiveness and safety among preteens is yet to be confirmed.
  • Pregnant women should check with the doctors before using hydroquinone creams and should have a clear idea about the risks if there is any.
  • Though it will not give rise to a life-threatening situation, emergency medical attention should be sought for an overdose of the hydroquinone cream.

General Information

  • The cream should be stored at moderate temperatures of 15 to 30 degree Celsius at cool, dry and dark place away from the reach of children and pets.
  • Queries about the hydroquinone cream should be addressed to pharmacists and doctors.
  • Hydroquinone creams should not be used without a medical prescription from a doctor.
  • If the condition fails to improve or even deteriorates, a doctor should be consulted.
  • Side effects may include dry skin and slight burning sensation at the effected areas
  • Serious side effects such as rash, swelling of mouth, breathing difficulty should be reported instantaneously to a doctor.

The Skin is regarded as the largest organ of the human body, but is also the most sensitive and vulnerable part as it resides on the exterior protecting all the interiors. It should not be taken lightly and care should be taken in order ensure maximum protection.

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