Using sunscreen can help lessen the side effects of hydroquinone.
To lessen the side effects of hydroquinone, users can use sunscreen, avoid using the product on damaged areas of skin, and apply a moisturizing lotion afterwards. Hydroquinone is typically prescribed as a topical cream used to reduce dark areas of skin. It works to decrease the amount of melanin present in the affected areas. This medication is available over-the-counter, usually in a concentration of 2% or less, and higher concentrations can be obtained from a licensed dermatologist. Doctors do not recommend that patients use this medication for longer than six months.
Hydroquinone can reduce the body’s ability to heal wounds and scrapes.
In some individuals, hydroquinone can cause an allergic reaction when exposed to sensitive areas of the skin. Exposed areas may turn red and cause an itchy, burning sensation. To reduce the potential for these potentially dangerous hydroquinone side effects, users should carefully avoid using the cream around the eyes, nose, and mouth. The skin around these areas of the face tends to be thinner and may react negatively when coming into contact with this cream.
People who use hydroquinone can burn easily when exposed to sunlight.
One of the most frequent side effects of hydroquinone is an increase in skin sensitivity. This heightened sensitivity can quickly cause sunburn and can increase any dryness or swelling associated with previously irritated areas. To reduce the effects, users should use sunscreen whenever they spend a lot of time in the sun. Many daily facial moisturizers and some makeup bases contain a certain degree of sunscreen. They can be effective in protecting the skin on your face and neck from the daily damage that can occur as a natural side effect of ordinary activities.
Hydroquinone cream can usually be obtained over-the-counter in concentrations of 2% or less.
More intense hydroquinone side effects, such as burning and itching associated with irritated skin, can be avoided by using the drug only on healthy skin. This cream has been shown, in some individuals, to reduce the body’s ability to heal minor wounds and scrapes. If the darkly pigmented skin is broken, contains an open wound, or is swollen and irritated from another source, it should not be treated with hydroquinone. Users should wait until all wounds have healed and other inflammation has subsided before applying this topical ointment.
Users should wait until all wounds have healed and other inflammation has subsided before applying hydroquinone ointment.
Most over-the-counter cosmetic lotions can be used with hydroquinone. Users should generally wait several minutes after applying hydroquinone before using any additional products. Skin irritation at the application site occurs as one of the few mild side effects of hydroquinone in certain individuals. Those with this feeling can benefit from using a lotion or cream rich in aloe vera, vitamin E, and shea butter. These ingredients encourage the skin to retain its own moisture and can improve skin elasticity and elasticity in the treated areas.