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Q. Hydroquinone creams are giving me only temporary skin lightening. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Rashmi Singh
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 19, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

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 complexion. Please suggest what medicines and cream I have to take to get the desired result?

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Hello,

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  • The long-term use of Hydroquinone can cause permanent discoloration called exogenous ochronosis, especially 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 every three to four hours in the day, and Vitamin-C serum at night. Results will not be drastic like Hydroquinone but there are no long-term side effects and it keeps the skin healthy and glowing.
  • There are procedures like chemical peels, Q-switch Nd YAG laser and Glutathione injection that you can get from a dermatologist to get a clearer skin tone.

Hope this was helpful. Regards.

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