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What is hydroquinone 4% cream?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There is a prescription medication that is very effective for evening out complexion:  hydroquinone, which stops the development of the melanin that creates dark spots on your skin. However, overusing hydroquinone or using unregulated products with it can cause you to develop blue skin, and doctors are reporting that more and more patients are coming to them with skin discoloration from hydroquinone.


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Hydroquinone 4% cream lightens melanin, the pigment that causes darkening of the skin and is used as short-term treatment for conditions like chloasma or melasma, a condition that causes darkening of the face, or to lighten freckles or age spots. Some brand names of hydroquinone 4% cream include: Eldoquin Forte, Lustra and Remergent HQ.

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