Hydroquinone Cream can be used by your doctor to treat certain skin conditions. It is usually used as a skin bleaching agent for freckles, age spots and skin discolorations caused by birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy or skin problems as a result of pregnancy. It works by blocking an enzyme chemical reaction in skin cells. You should not use the cream if you are pregnant or if you think that you might be allergic to it because of previous experience with skin bleaching agents.
Consult your health care provider before using it since some medicines are known to interact with it although no general side effects have been reported. It is recommended by the manufacturer of the cream that if you are pregnant or are breast feeding or if you are allergic to certain medications and foods that you not use the cream without consulting your health care provider. If none of these conditions apply to you, and you decide to use hydroquinone cream as a skin bleaching agent, follow the directions on the label exactly or as recommended by your medical professional.
As with most bleaching agents, a test of the product is recommended by applying hydroquinone cream to a small section of skin and waiting 24 hours for any signs of allergic reaction like redness, irritation, blistering or itching. If any of these conditions appear, consult your doctor. If there is no allergic reaction, the usual application is applied to a washed and dried area of skin evenly by rubbing it in. If you are planning to use the cream on the hand that you use to rub it in, you don’t need to wash it after applying it. You should use only one dose at a time.
While you are treating your skin with the cream, stay out of the sun or avoid exposure to the sun. If you go out, wear a sunscreen and cover the areas of your skin treated with cloth. It is only meant for use on skin and should not be allowed to get into your nose, mouth, lips or eyes. If the cream makes contact with any of these areas, wash them out immediately with water. Likewise, don’t use the cream on cuts or near areas of bruised or damaged skin.
There are some known negative reactions of hydroquinone cream and other chemical bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide, phenol, salicylic acid and other medicines. Products containing sulfites which are used by asthma patients can adversely affect hydroquinones bleaching properties and should not be used while taking the medication. There are known severe allergic reactions like hives, rash, breathing difficulties, chest pain, mouth, face, lips or tongue swelling as well as blistering, skin discolorations looking like bruising, stinging and other irritations. Children under 12 should not use it.
There are some reports of hydroquinone cream being linked to cancers. As with all drugs that can affect your health in what appears to be not completely known manners, the assistance of a health care provider should be enlisted before using.