Hydroquinone 4% Cream
is a skin bleaching and lightening agent and gives excellent results treating freckles, age spots, melasma and other skin discolorations that may occur due to pregnancy, skin trauma, the use of birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapy. It is also used as acne scar treatment. It produces better results when is used in combination with tretinoin, because while tretinoin polishes and peels the skin, the hydoquinone can reach deeper levels of the skin and erase the dark areas and blemishes.
Hydroquinone does not actually bleach the skin; it simply lightens it by blocking the production of melanin. Common risks are skin irritation and possible allergic responses and it is recommended to not use hydroquinone products for longer than six months.
According to dermadoctor.com, the American Academy of Dermatology stated that “Hydroquinone is one of the most effective molecules for the treatment of dark discoloration over the past 40-50 years and has been used in millions of people. It is used to treat the top concerns among our patients including melasma, photo-aging, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, medically and cosmetic disfiguring dyschromias.” The AAD expressed that hydroquinone is safe and effective, is also present in various food products and there has not been malignancies reported from any of these sources in 50 years of use.