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Hydroquinone, how long to see results?

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How long does it take hydroquinone to fade acne red marks?

Has anyone succeed in treating their red marks with hydroquinone?

Which brand do you recommend?

I have use both Lustra and Ultraquin Gel, doesn't look like they are working at all.

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I use Obagi system through my cosmetic surgeon. My face is nice and clear now.It is ridiculously expensive though.About $400. But the system works very fast. At least it did for me,about 2 months. biggrin.gif

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I'm serious though, hydroquinone has been made illegal in Asia due to extensive use of it to brighten asian skin. Hydroquinone is a cancerous 'agent'. It can make you more prone to cancer if you use too much. 10% is the max, anything more than that you need to see ur derm and get a prescription. Just google it, and you'll see that it causes cancer

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Basically there are a range of opinions and research out there on hydroquinone - if you are using a product temporarily at a low % I would imagine it poses a pretty small risk.Here is what Paul Begoun has to say about

From Cosmetics Cop

Hydroquinone

Over-the-counter skin-lightening products often contain 2% hydroquinone, while 4% concentrations are available only from a physician. Hydroquinone is a strong inhibitor of melanin production (source: Journal of Dermatological Science, August, 2001, Supplemental pages S68–S75), meaning that it lightens skin color. Hydroquinone does not bleach the skin (calling it a bleaching agent is a misnomer); it only disrupts the synthesis of melanin hyperpigmentation.

In the medical literature Hydroquinone is considered the primary topical ingredient for inhibiting melanin production. Using it in combination with the other options listed can make a difference in skin discolorations (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Science, May-June 1998, pages 208–290; Dermatological Surgery, May 1996, pages 443–447).

Some concerns about hydroquinone's safety on skin have been expressed, but the research indicates reactions are minor or a result of using extremely high concentrations (Source: Critical Reviews in Toxicology, May 1999, pages 283–330).

According to Howard I. Maibach, M.D., professor of dermatology at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, "Overall, adverse events reported with the use of hydroquinone... have been relatively few and minor in nature.... To date there is no evidence of adverse systemic reactions following the use of hydroquinone"?and it has been around for over 30 years in skin-care products. Maibach has also stated that "hydroquinone is undoubtedly the most active and safest skin-depigmenting substance... ." Research supporting Maibach's contentions was published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, 1998, pages 301–317.

Hydroquinone can be an unstable ingredient in cosmetic formulations. When exposed to air or sunlight it can turn a strange shade of brown. It is essential, when you are considering a hydroquinone product, to make sure it is packaged in a non-transparent container that doesn't let light in and minimizes air exposure. Hydroquinone products packaged in jars are not recommended, because they become ineffective shortly after opening.

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Which hydroquinone brand are you using?

I just looked at the tube for you it says Hydroquione usp 4% bleaching cream, it works well. Most insurances do not cover it the price was hundred bucks.

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Which hydroquinone brand are you using?

I just looked at the tube for you it says Hydroquione usp 4% bleaching cream, it works well. Most insurances do not cover it the price was hundred bucks.

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Which hydroquinone brand are you using?

I just looked at the tube for you it says Hydroquione usp 4% bleaching cream, it works well. Most insurances do not cover it the price was hundred bucks.

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I've been using my 4% hydoquoine for about 2 weeks. Hasn't really notice any changes but doctor told me to be patient because it takes time. On the other hand, my mom who has melasma (dark brown spots) has about 80% improvement on her skin. She is very happy with the results.

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By the way my mom has been using it consistently every night in conjunction with sunscreen during day time for about a month and a half.

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How long does it take hydroquinone to fade acne red marks?

Has anyone succeed in treating their red marks with hydroquinone?

Which brand do you recommend?

I have use both Lustra and Ultraquin Gel, doesn't look like they are working at all.

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I'm serious though, hydroquinone has been made illegal in Asia due to extensive use of it to brighten asian skin.  Hydroquinone is a cancerous 'agent'.  It can make you more prone to cancer if you use too much.  10% is the max, anything more than that you need to see ur derm and get a prescription.  Just google it, and you'll see that it causes cancer

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What kind of skin did you have? Did Obagi help you with your red marks and some shallow pit scars? I have alot of really red hyperpigmentation and some scars, and a few minor acne. Do you have before/after pictures??

I use Obagi system through my cosmetic surgeon. My face is nice and clear now.It is ridiculously expensive though.About $400. But the system works very fast. At least it did for me,about 2 months. :D

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The stuff is brilliant i've been using this 2% hydroquinone (DDF fade gel 4 comes with hydroquinone 2% and kojic acid, doesn't cause any acne,) consistently for the past month or so and WOW is there a difference, i used to have to smeer on the makeup but now i can go out without it and my friends usually don't even notice! I've also read up on the carcinogenic concearns out there but as it has been stated earlier, 30 years without any direct links to cancer (and even the rat tests were with high concentrations)? Come on, the stuff is the only thing that is proven to work effectively why would a majority of the derms in the US oppose the FDA ban? That's just my 2c though =D

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Which hydroquinone brand are you using?

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I just looked at the tube for you it says Hydroquione usp 4% bleaching cream, it works well. Most insurances do not cover it the price was hundred bucks.

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I have tried everything, and thanks to my dermatologist, I finally found something that works!

ACNE - I don't have acne, but occasionally, usually near my menstural cycle, I'll have one or two break outs. They leave dark scars when they go away. So, month after month, thyy pop uo in the same places, so it never really seems like the scars fade & they pop uo near the old ones, so I have all of these small dark scars that seem to never fade.

So, if you live in Los Angeles, the dermatologist I go to is 818-505-9300 & they are on Ventura Blvd.

They prescribed this, and it works great!!

NeoStrata - Antibacterial facial cleanser

Epiduo - for your face to treat any acne & prevent any future acne (I'd get about 2 pimples a month)

Solodyn - these are blue pills to clear bacteria so you don't have future break outs. I only had 2 refills & my insurance covered it, but ask your doctor for a card because it allows you to get it for $10.

NeoStrata - oil free lotion with spf 15

Fade Cream with 6% hyrdoquinone - the label has the dermatologists label on it, so I don't know the brand. I think that maybe they might make it. But here's the thing. When I lived in GA, this dermatologist gave me hydroquinone 4% & it was in an amber colored bottle & it was like oily live the consistency of vitamin E oil. This stuff that my derm gave me though is creamy, and it actually works.

Here's the thing though. I didn't know at first, so I was only putting the hydroquinone cream only on the dark spots. I noticed that the dark spots were turning red and hten fading really fast. But then afterwards it made the skin outlining the dark spots lighter than the rest of my skin. So on my next visit (I go once a month for checkups) the derm said that I was suposed to put the Epiduo on my whole face, wait 10 mins & then put the hydroquinone cream on my WHOLE face, not just the spots. I noticed that my whole face evened out, but it seemed like the dark spots weren't fading as fast anymore. Maybe it is but I just don't notice it as much.

Anyhow, I've only been using this regimine for 3 months. My dark spots have faded, but I wish they would fade faster. THe derm said that I could do peels and facials to speed up the process, so I just do them occasionally. I am just impatient. But I notice the biggest difference when looking at photos from last year compared to my face now.

So I hope this helps. I've spent the last 5 years trying to figure out how to fade spots. Finally, I found something. Since I don't have bad acne, which is why it's even more frustrating to be dealing with these pesky spots . . . The key to my success is that the face wash stopped ALL break outs. I have not had one pimple in 3 months. NONE! So no pimples = no new dark spots so I can just focus on fading the ones that I have without dealing with new ones.

ALso, in the past I used Proactiv. I like it too & sometimes I rotate the proactive face wash with the NeoStrata. The only thing is that the Proactiv would stop breakouts but wouldn't do anything to help with the dark spots.

I also found NeoStrata online. I googled it, and the website to buy the face wash is www.neostrata.com. THere's some products with hydroquinone on there too, but I haven't tried them, so I don't know how they work. I've tried 4% in the past & it didn't work, but it might also be because it was oily and I have oily skin. The one that I use now is 6% & it works. The store stuff is 2% I think, & that stuff never worked for me at all.

Here's my derm:

Dermatology & Laser Center of Studio City

Gene Rubinstein

818-505-9300.

www.LAskinMD.com

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