Hydroquinone in New Zealand
Hydroquinone is a bleaching cream that has many ingredients. Some of them are more effective than the others. Some of the skin lightening agents may be as follows:-
- Topical retinoid
- Other agents
- Topical corticosteroids
Hydroquinone for lightening skin areas and dark spots
The Hydroquinone is known to be working on lightening skin areas including freckles, chloasma and age spots and acne scars. In the country – newzealand hydroquinone is a registered pharmacy only medicine in cream containing hydroquinone with only 2% concentrations. Some doctor’s offices may sell other brands with concentrations of 4%. Hydroquinone works through decreasing the production and increasing of the breakdown of melanosomes in the skin’s pigment cells. It does this by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase and the enzyme to require for melanin.
Effectiveness of Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone is effective where in most cases the lightening of the skin can be seen after 4 weeks of treatment. If you are not able to see any change without any beaching effect after 3 months of treatment, you should not be using hydroquinone. To increase the effectiveness of hydroquinone you should stay out of the sun or wear protective clothing and use SPF 15+ sunscreen when outdoors. Refrain from using any kind of sunlamps or tanning salons. Is it important to use hydroquinone regularly as directed until you achieve the required bleaching that you want?
Side effects of using the hydroquinone
Hydroquinone cream can be tolerated. Some women might experience minor and temporary skin irritations including mild itching and stinging or even reddening of the skin. If they do not subside stop using the cream. Side effects that should make you stop using the cream and seeking medical advice that includes itching, burning, crusting and many other symptoms on your skin.