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Hydroquinone 2% & RetinA... safe and/or effective?

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I am using Retin A at night and want to add Hydroquinone to my regiment. I use BP in the morning, can I use Hydroquinone at the same time with a vitamin c moisturizer....

Also how should I apply them... like which ones first n how long b4 i apply the next product

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I'm sorry, but I think you aren't getting answers because no one really knows. I think it would be wise of you to ask your Dr. about adding the hydroquinone.


Please only PM me if it's something that cannot be talked about on the thread or is highly personal. This way, everyone benefits.


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I belive ObiWontonKenoli uses both Retin A and Hydroquinone.....perhaps you could PM him and ask for some advice?

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Stefany was also using this combination in her regimen.

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I use this combination ( Obagi System) and have been for over a year. Retin A has eliminated all breakouts for me. The Hydro seems to fade the redmarks, but it is hard to tell for sure how effective it is. I'm caucasion.

James

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hi i've been using both hydroquinone and retin-a together for over a year now. here's how i do it

morning:

wash

wait 5 mins

apply hydroquinone

night:

wash

wait 30 mins (you can reduce this to 20 mins if you are pressed for time)

apply hydroquinone, then the retin-a (no need to space the two apart. i even mix the two of them together and apply them together)

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I just had an appointment with my derm, and he prescribed retin A in addition to my previous presciption for Lustra (hydroquinone 4%) and said there was no issue in using both products together, just as Teckpu described.

But I did also want to mention to Bucktownboy that when using hydroquinone, it is an absolute MUST to also use a good sunscreen -- I know most of us are aware of this, but think it should still be empasized again. smile.gif

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Well I do this. I use Retin-A in the morning and Tri-Luma at night. With my experience, mixing certain certain creams with Retin-A causes it to flake. Maybe I should try using the cream version of Retin-A. Good luck.

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i heard hydroquinone makes ur scars darker/more deep sometimes and has carcinogen that causes cancer O_X

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I was using glycolic acid with HQ 2% for about a week, and then I stopped. I basically got freaked out because it looked like one of my "patches of red" was getting deeper in colour - from a reddish to a burgundy.

And I absolutely did not go in the sun, or do anything I wasn't supposed to.

I'm white btw.

The other thing that freaks me out is the thought of having a rebound effect once you stop using it - ie. having your patches get darker once you stop using the hydroquinone.

Now, I'm just using glycolic acid 8% nightly. I'm not sure if that's strong enough to help with my red marks, but it should at least prepare the skin for a stronger peel, later, if I decide to do one.

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I think the hydroquinone 4% (not 2%) and Retina Micro Combination improved my skin quite a bit. Check out my gallery.

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