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

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Answered by

Dr. Rashmi Singh

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At October 19, 2017
Reviewed AtDecember 27, 2023

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

Answered by Dr. Rashmi Singh


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 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.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Rashmi Singh
Dr. Rashmi Singh


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