Winter = Peel season

Sarah Allen

Posted on December 12 2020

Winter = Peel season

by Sarah Allen, MD

It’s winter time and what does that mean? Time to get rid of those sun spots and other areas of hyperpigmentation - It’s Hydroquinone season!  Hydroquinone works by reversibly stopping the normal function of cells that make melanin - melanocytes.  But this is reversible - sun exposure turns those melanocytes back on, making more pigment, leading to more sun spots. This is why daily SPF use (with UVA and UVB protection) and hat/sun shirts, etc with SPF are so important. 

There are many opinions about Hydroquinone.  Some say you can use this only for 6 months - others who say you can use longer than 6 months.  Still others say - alternate your regimen between Hydroquinone and non-Hydroquinone brightening treatments  (Azaleic acid, kojic acid or niacinamide) for optimal results.  We tend to prescribe this treatment for 12 weeks at a time with or without combined treatments. 

What is an example or a combined treatment? A cream with hydroquinone, tretinoin and a steroid to decrease inflammation and improve tolerance of this strong cream.  You can use Hydroquinone treatment alone, but the results will not be as dramatic.  We say - talk to your provider, but do what works for you, your lifestyle and your skin.  

At The Skin Clique, we believe in helping you feel confident in your own skin by providing convenient, affordable access to medical-grade treatments performed by board certified experts - all in the comfort of your own home. To learn more, or to schedule a free consultation, visit this link. And remember, beauty knocks.

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