Skin Lightening Agent

Skin lightening agents are used to treat depigmentation. It works by reducing melanin in the skin. They are used to treat age spots, acne spots, or discoloration due to hormones. It is used as a technique to lighten the naturally occurring dark skin. Hydroquinone, Kojic acid, Azelaic acid, and Arbutin are the commonly used skin lightening agents.

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I have dark skin on my inner thighs. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a dark skin area under my thighs. Is there any treatment that can help me to remove that? Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Pigmentation since childhood can be very difficult to be removed completely since pigmentation occurs as there are melanin cells present more in certain parts of one's body and face which varies from individual to individual. Lightening agents can be harmful if used ...  Read Full »

My face became darker with acne breakouts after I discontinued the skin-lightening cream. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Three years back, I used a skin lightening cream for a few months. After discontinuing the cream, my face became much darker with acne breakouts. Even after three years, I face a dark, dull face and occasional acne breakouts. Please suggest some medications to get rid of this.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I suggest the following 1. Apply Acnesol gel (Clindamycin and Nicotinamide) at night for 15 days. 2. Wash your face with D Acne soap (Salicylic acid and Clindamycin) for 15 days. Attach a clinical picture for ass...  Read Full »

The skin tone of my face is not even, and I have tiny open pores. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My face tone is not even, and apart from that, I also have tiny open pores. I have been using Demelan cream for the last ten days. It is a skin-whitening cream. Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the information provided on your end, and I understand your concern. It would be helpful for better assessment and further management options if you could attach images of the affected area. For inspection and assessment for a confirmative diagnosis...  Read Full »

Can you please suggest any skin lightening cream?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you please suggest any good skin lightening cream not such that like magical whitening but I meant for healthy skin and color does not matter that much. I have heard about the Golite cream. How is it? Can it be used like other fairness creams? I want to use, Clin shine cream which...  Read Full »

Dr. Yeshwanth Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Start using sunscreen twice daily morning and afternoon over the full face. You can use this cream Clinshine (Hydroquinone, Mometasone, Tretinoin) cream daily at night or else you can go for Rejuglow (Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid, etc.) cream. Take Limcee 500 mg (Vitam...  Read Full »

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Query: Hi doctor, I have a wheatish complexion. Can you please suggest if I can use Kojivit cream for skin lightening?  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello,Welcome to, you can use Kojivit gel (Kojic acid) safely daily. But, it only removes extra tan from your skin. You can try using a Glycolic acid based face wash for better results of skin lightening. Make sure that you apply sunscreen every 5-6 hours. You can also get chemical p...  Read Full »

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

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 c...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 applyin...  Read Full »

I have brown skin with flat, irregular, disc-like freckles on both sides of my face. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have brown skin and flat, brown irregular, disc-like freckles on both sides of my face and the cheek area. How do I get rid of it or lighten it significantly? My face looks horrible, and I am also losing my self-confidence. Will peels help? If yes, what kind of peel should I get done? W...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you to do the following and consult a specialist. Please try to wear sunblock with SPF (sun protection factor) 30 almost 20 minutes before exposure to sunlight and repeat after every two to three hours as it gets wasted or washe...  Read Full »

Will using Restreta tablet for three months cause hormonal imbalance?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old girl. I have dehydrated and dull skin. My dermatologist recommended I use the Restreta tablet to improve my complexion. I have to take it twice a day before a meal. I want to know whether there will be any hormonal imbalance because of this tablet. Is it safe for me...  Read Full »

Dr. Sangeeth Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Restreta (Glutathione, Collagen, and L-cysteine) contains Glutathione, an antioxidant. It effectively prevents melanin synthesis in the skin, which helps in skin lightening. It is available in oral and injection forms. Oral capsules do not pr...  Read Full »

My skin is very sensitive. Can you suggest any skin-lightening and dark circle-removing cream that does not have steroids?

Query: Hello doctor, My skin is very sensitive. Can you suggest any skin-lightening cream that does not have steroids and cream to remove dark circles? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Amanjot Kaur Arora

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Some skin-lightening agents do not contain steroids. They are safe and effective. However, they take a bit longer to start acting. However, the best cream can be advised after I can see the picture of your skin and the ...  Read Full »

Which product is safe for my skin to look lighter?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to know how and which product is safe for my skin to look lighter. My facial skin does not look like how it used to, and I do not like it. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After 30 years, skin starts to lose its elasticity, and during winter because of dryness, skin looks dull. I would suggest you try: Vitamin C serum - it is a good antioxidant and anti-aging medicine. Apply to the whole face in the morning. A good sunscreen with a...  Read Full »

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