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Hydroquinone is used as a skin-lightening agent. It is used to treat acne scars, age spots, freckles, melasma, psoriasis and melasma marks.

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How can I remove hyperpigmentation from my penis skin?

Query: Hello doctor, Eighteen months ago, I had a reconstructive surgery on my penis to treat penile curvature. Two weeks post operation, hematoma exploded so I got wound breakdown. Skin necrosis ensued and I lost a small part of my penile skin. No graft or flap was used. I now have hyperpigmentation and v...  Read Full »

Dr. Pavan N Murdeshwar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to is good that you have explained the condition in full detail and with good quality pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First of all, the Hydroquinone used over the skin especially over the thin penile skin does have side effects. I advise you no...  Read Full »

How to treat dark skin patches in my underarms and groin?

Query: Hello doctor, My height is 5'97" and my weight is 191.80 Ibs. I am a fair-skinned person. I have dark skin patches on my elbows, neck, underarms, groin area, and on the buttocks. I have been aware of this condition for the last six years. I was thinking there was nothing serious. I also have dark ci...  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your concern is that of pseudoacanthosis nigricans. This may be due to any of the following reasons: Hereditary. Obesity. Hypothyroidism. Insulin resistance. Psychiatric medications. Asthma or steroid medication. Idiopathic conditions. There is nothin...  Read Full »

Why do I have dark spots all over my body?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31-year-old female with three kids. When I was in my teenage, I developed red bumps which later on turned into acne. Most of the time I scratch them as they are very itchy and the same with insect bites. I have a lot of dark spots now all over my face, buttocks, back of my thighs, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please answer me the following questions to give more accurate treatment. How long has it been there? Is itching still there? Can you mention any exaggerating and relieving factors? Any area spared? How long have you been breastfeeding?   Read Full »

I have redness and itching after stopping Hydroquinone and Mometasone cream. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am using skin lite cream for the past two years. This cream contains Hydroquinone and Mometasone. Now I am stopping the usage of this cream. Now in my face, I am seeing redness and itching like skin allergy. Please suggest the best creams or medicine to cure this problem.  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have developed contact dermatitis due to this medicine. As it also contains a steroid, skin becomes steroid dependent, so when this is stopped the face becomes red and inflamed. First thing for treatment is to use a good Sunblock OG SPF 60. The second thing is Metro...  Read Full »

I have redness on my forehead after using Hydroquinone. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,For treating PIH on the forehead, I started Hydroquinone 4% after a month (alternate nightly for two and a half weeks and nightly for one week). Only on the first night, I overapplied HQ and the area has been red since then. I stopped HQ 4% almost two weeks ago and the redness is still ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have reviewed the photos attached (attachments have been removed to protect the patient's identity) and in my opinion, this redness looks temporary and it will subside in nearly five weeks. I suggest you follow the below-mentioned in...  Read Full »

How effective is Hydroquinone 4% for hyperpigmentation?

Query: Hello doctor,Regarding acne scars on my forehead and cheek, I underwent Picosure laser treatment, which significantly reduced the appearance of the scars. However, it also led to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation across a considerable area, as depicted in the attached photos. My dermatologist has...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The marks you are observing seem to be post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation resulting from the laser session. Not to worry, as this pigmentation is expected to fade within 3 to 4 weeks. I would suggest you do the following: Apply 10% Az...  Read Full »

I have pigmentation on my face. Will UniWhite cream work?

Query: Hello doctor, I used Panderm NM. After I left using it, I got scars and pigmentation on my face. Now, I am using UniWhite Cream for pigmentation. Will this work? Should I use something else? Can you suggest something without steroids and Hydroquonine and without any side effects?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Panderm NM (Clobetasol Topical, Miconazole Topical, and Neomycin Topical) cream is the most harmful cream when applied to the face. It has steroids. The steroid causes thinning of the skin, pimples, visible blood vessels, increased hair growth, secondary bacterial ski...  Read Full »

I have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Will Hydroquinone help?

Query: Hello doctor,I have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Can I use Hydroquinone cream and tretinoin to remove dark spots on my leg?  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Yes, absolutely you may use a combination of Hydroquinone and Tretinoin on dark spots on your legs. However, I suggest you to follow the following, 1. Make sure you use the cream only at night. 2. Make sure to apply onl...  Read Full »

How to get rid of black armpits due to Hydroquinone usage?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a fungal infection in both armpits for some days due to Hydroquinone's usage suggested by a doctor. Now both my armpits turned black. Kindly help me to turn them white.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from the blackening of both armpits. You had fungal infections in both armpits. After using Hydroquinone, both your armpits have turned black. For your fungal infections, you had t...  Read Full »

Suggest some medicines for a healthy and clear skin.

Query: Hello doctor, My skin tone is dusky. One year ago, I started using Hydroquinone cream. After three to four months, I stopped using it, but then, my face started to become dark again. After a month, I started to use this cream again and then stopped. I want to make my skin healthy and have a clear co...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The long-term use of Hydroquinone can cause permanent discoloration called especially exogenous ochronosis, on persons with a dusky skin. The use of any skin lightening agents gives results only till it is being used. For a healthy skin tone, start applying sunscreen...  Read Full »

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