medication information

Hydroquinone Formula

We want to make sure you fully understand your treatment. 
Below outlines the benefits, expectations, and risks with 
Hydroquinoine Formula.

Hydroquinone is a medication that is used to lighten areas of darkened skin. It works by blocking the production of melanin, the main pigment in the skin. Its effects are not permanent. It should always be used in conjunction with sun avoidance measures, like using sunscreen and protective wide-brimmed hats. Sunscreen use is an essential part of lightening therapy. Even minimal sunlight promotes pigment production.

How to apply:

  • After gently washing your face, apply a thin layer to areas of darkened skin once or twice daily as directed by your doctor.
  • Avoid applying the medication near your eyelids or around the corners of your mouth and nose.
  • Test for skin sensitivity by applying the medication once a day for the first week. If no irritation occurs, you may increase use to twice a day if recommended by your doctor.
  • If the skin becomes irritated, reduce frequency of use. If the irritation persists or is severe, stop the medication.

Storage:

  • Store in a cool, dry place. Slight darkening of products containing hydroquinone is normal, this does not affect the potency of the product and can be safely used until the expiration date.

Tips to avoid side effects:

  • Test for skin sensitivity by applying the medication once a day for the first week. If no irritation occurs, apply hydroquinone twice a day as tolerated.
  • If your skin becomes mildly irritated, reduce frequency of use. If the irritation persists or is severe, stop the medication.

Risks to be aware of:

Reported side effects include redness, dryness, stinging, and irritation at the application side. Hydroquinone may produce exogenous ochronosis, a blue-black discoloration of the skin. The risk of ochronosis increases with prolonged use of hydroquinone and continued sun-exposure. To avoid this, periodic breaks from hydroquinone are needed. Always make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions on use.

A localized allergic reaction (contact dermatitis) can occur. Stop the medication if you develop severe redness or itching, blisters, or a severe rash. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. There have been no reported incidences of cancer from topical application of hydroquinone in humans.

If you become pregnant while taking this medication, discontinue use immediately and message your doctor for an alternative.

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