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?
- arbutin and deoxyarbutin
- kojic acid
- licorice extract
- ascorbic acid
- hydroquinone (2%)
- Our recommended skin brightener products
RX products include
- hydroquinone (4% and above)
- topical retinoids (Renova, Refissa, etc)
- azelaic acid
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