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


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#1 bucktownboy

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Posted 09 August 2004 - 01:59 PM

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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Posted 09 August 2004 - 06:48 PM

can somebody help me?

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Posted 09 August 2004 - 07:23 PM

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.

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Posted 09 August 2004 - 08:06 PM

somebody on here gotta know something...please help

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Posted 09 August 2004 - 08:09 PM

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

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Posted 09 August 2004 - 08:21 PM

Stefany was also using this combination in her regimen.

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Posted 10 August 2004 - 08:03 AM

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.
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Posted 10 August 2004 - 09:14 AM

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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Posted 10 August 2004 - 11:59 AM

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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Posted 10 August 2004 - 12:44 PM

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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Posted 15 August 2004 - 10:49 AM

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

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Posted 15 August 2004 - 11:43 AM

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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Posted 15 August 2004 - 12:33 PM

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