The Side Effects of Hydroquinone USP Cream

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Hydroquinone USP cream is used for skin problems. It lightens dark areas such as liver spots, birth marks and freckles, and many women use it to even out their skin tone. The cream has some side effects, and it is up to the consumer to decide if the cure is worse than the ailment. Some of the brand names for this cream are Esoterica, Alustra and Ambi Fade Cream.

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Common Side Effects

Redness and a mild stinging around the application site are normal, and my go away once your skin becomes accustomed to the cream.

Other Side Effects

Itching, blistering, swelling or bruising on the skin where the cream was applied needs a doctor's attention. Wash it off, don't apply any more and contact your doctor.

Serious Side Effects

Difficulty breathing, dizziness, swelling of the eyelids, rash or hives are all indicators that you need to see a doctor immediately.


Hydroquinone can cause extreme sun sensitivity, and should be applied to clean, dry skin to avoid interactions with other products.


There are different concentrations of hydroquinone in creams. Several name brands are sold over-the-counter, but the more concentrated creams are available only with a prescription.

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