If you mention the name hydroquinone (HQ), most anyone with pigmentation problems knows it well.

But the demand for non-HQ alternatives has increased the options so that you have choices of products that are often found in cosmeceuticals and over the counter products.

If you want to try non-RX products, what should you be looking for?

RX products include

  • hydroquinone (4% and above)
  • mequinol
  • topical retinoids (Renova, Refissa, etc)
  • azelaic acid

Good Reading

For an overview of these products and the challenges of treating hyper pigmented skin, read this article by dermatologist Zoe Draelos from Skin Inc – Skin Lightening Challenges