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Hydroquinone cream is most commonly used to treat age spots, freckles, or skin discolorations resulting from trauma, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, or birth control pills. The cream is a skin bleaching agent that works by blocking a specific enzyme reaction in the skin cells.

How Hydroquinone Cream is Used

Before using the cream on a large area for the first time, apply a tiny amount to a small patch of unbroken skin. Check the area 24 hours later for any signs of excessive redness, irritation, blistering, or itching. If these symptoms occur, discontinue using the product and consult a doctor. The application area should be clean and completely dry. Rub the recommended amount of cream into the affected area until it is distributed evenly. The hands should be washed thoroughly after application if they are not being treated. If an application is missed, do the application when it is remembered. If it is time for the next scheduled application, it is best to skip the application that was missed.

Important Considerations

Patients using hydroquinone cream should protect their skin from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing. The cream should not be applied to injured skin. The cream also should not be used in combination with products containing benzoyl peroxide or hydrogen peroxide or with medications containing phenol, salicylic acid, or resorcinol.


Hydroquinone cream is not recommended for use by children under the age of 12 or by patients with allergies to sulfites. Patients who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or who are breastfeeding should consult their doctor before using hydroquinone cream.

Potential Side Effects

The most common side effects of hydroquinone cream include minor skin redness, a mild burning sensation, and dryness or cracking of the skin. We look forward to being your wellness partner. We offer a full range of commercial and specialty compounded medications at affordable prices. Call today for more information.

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