5 Best Hydroquinone Creams for Skin Bleaching

Best hydroquinone cream or HQ products were ranked objectively based on their effectiveness. As most people know that hydroquinone is the number one skin bleaching agent that suppress melanin production. As a matter of fact, it reduces the the HQ production but it does not stop it.

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#1 Refaquin Hydroquinone Cream

Refaquin hydroquinone cream is the most effective skin bleaching agent and the secret behind skin bleaching products. It is considered the gold standard in skin bleaching treatment.
How does it work?
Refaquin inhibits melanin production strongly by decreasing the production of melanin and increasing the breakdown of melanocytes. Mainly used to bleach skin and reduce the appearance of skin hyperpigmentation problems.
Appropriate Percentage
In fact, a low percentage high quality hydroquinone cream is more effective than a high percentage bad quality hydroquinone cream. A high quality 1% hydroquinone cream is enough for the face. high quality means the cream was not exposed to air or light.
Please add “Lubriderm Sensitive Lotion” to your cream to reduce the concentration if you have a burning sensation.

Sunscreen
Sunscreen

Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50

SkinCeuticals’ Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 not only provides broad-spectrum sun protection from both burning and aging sun rays, but it also offers a universal tint that enhances your skin tone and boosts radiance.

Key Benefits:

  • Sheer, tinted sunscreen adapts to skin tone without a white cast
  • Boosts radiance for a more even, luminous complexion
  • Paraben-free and fragrance-free; non-comedogenic
  • Ideal for all skin types, even very sensitive skin

How to use
Shake well before use. Apply sunscreen liberally to the face, neck, and chest 15 minutes before sun exposure and before applying makeup. Reapply sunscreen after 40 minutes of swimming, sweating, immediately after towel drying, and at least every two hours.

Skinoren Azelaic Acid Cream

#2 Skinoren Azelaic Acid 20% Cream

Skinoren azelaic acid cream is effective in concentrations of 20%, without the latter’s undesirable side effects. The effect of azelaic acid can be attributed to its ability to inhibit the energy production and/or DNA synthesis of hyperactive melanocytes, and partially to its antityrosinase activity.
How does it work?
Azelaic acid works to combat hyper-pigmentation by suppressing the growth of abnormal melanocytes. It does so by inhibiting the DNA synthesis of abnormal pigment-producing cells.
Side Effects
If you have a burning sensation after you apply it, you must reduce the concentration by adding “lubriderm sensitive lotion” to your cream.

Obagi Retin-A Cream

#3 Obagi Retin-A Cream

Retin-A obagi cream can help repair discolored areas or rough skin on the face caused by ultraviolet light exposure. Retin-A not only removes dead skin cells, but lightens skin and slows the way the body removes skin cells that may have experienced sun damage.
How does it work?
It works by lightening the skin, replacing older skin with newer skin, and slowing down the way the body removes skin cells that may have been harmed by the sun. Tretinoin works best when used within a skin care program that includes protecting the treated skin from the sun.
Side Effects
skin dryness, burning, redness, excessive flaking or peeling. If you develop these symptoms, you should decrease the number of applications OR add “lubriderm sensitive lotion” to reduce the strength or purchase a low strength Retin-A cream.

KoziMax Kojic Acid Cream

#4 KoziMax Kojic Acid Cream

KoziMax kojic acid cream is derived from a fermentation process of malting rice and considered a mild inhibitor of pigment formation. Kojic works by blocking tyrosine from forming, which then prevents melanin production for more lighter skin. Also, it is used to treat skin conditions, such as sun damage, scars, and age spots.
How to Use:
Wash your face and neck. Then, massage the kojic acid whitening cream onto the surface of the skin. Use twice a day on your face and neck.

Side Effects:
If you have a burning sensation after you apply it, you must reduce the concentration by adding “lubriderm sensitive lotion” to your cream. If you do not reduce the concentration, your skin will be darker.

E&COS Arbutin Cream

#5 E&COS Arbutin Cream

E&COS Alpha Arbutin cream is a safe natural skin lightening cream derived from the bearberry plant. Arbutin blocks tyrosinase activity competitively and reduces the skin’s melanin (pigmentation) production. It also has an antibacterial effect and interferes with cell processes.
How to Use:
Use it gradually in the first few weeks to make sure your skin does not react negatively. You can then increase the frequency of use. Also, as always, make sure you are wearing sunscreen.
Effectiveness
It takes up to 2 months for people of lighter completion to see results, and 4 months for those of a darker complexion to notice effects of skin lightening.
Side Effects
If you have a burning sensation after you apply it, you must reduce the concentration by adding “lubriderm sensitive lotion” to your cream. If you do not reduce the concentration, your skin will be darker.

Does hydroquinone 10% work?
No, It causes postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. That means your skin will become more darker. Instead, apply chemical peel monthly & apply high quality hydroquinone cream not high percentage.
Is hydroquinone cream 8% effective skin lightening agent?
No, because hydroquinone cream 8% causes skin irritation. That means more melanin production and more darker skin. Most people prefer to buy hydroquinone cream that contains less HQ percentage.
Hydroquinone cream 4% effectiveness
Hydroquinone cream 4% is effective only on body skin. Avoid applying it on face, neck and under eyes as it causes skin discoloration.

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