How Long Before You Put Moisturizer on Over Hydroquinone Cream

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How Long Before You Put Moisturizer on Over Hydroquinone Cream
Use hydroquinone daily for several weeks to fade skin discolourations. (skin care image by anna karwowska from Fotolia.com)

Hydroquinone cream treats skin discolouration, such as age spots, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by chronic acne. The medication prevents the production of melanin, the skin's pigment, by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase, which is required for melanin synthesis.

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DermNet NZ, the New Zealand Dermatological Society's website, recommends that you apply hydroquinone cream to clean, dry skin twice daily, but to the hyperpigmented area only. Allow the cream to be absorbed by the skin for several minutes. Follow this with the application of a gentle moisturiser.

Staining

Avoid moisturisers with benzoyl peroxide or hydrogen peroxide while using a hydroquinone cream, as this combination can stain the skin. If staining occurs, cleanse the area with warm water and a nonabrasive soap.

Sunscreen

Hydroquinone cream use can make your skin extra-sensitive to the sun. Therefore, choose a moisturiser that includes a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

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