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      I have been suffering from pigmentation around my lips and pigmentation around laugh lines for the past year or 2. I've tried various remedies, both home and over the counter, and sadly none have worked. The latest product I had pinned my hopes on was white gold by alpha h esp for pigmentation but have seen no improvement.

      Finally, I visited my dr (who wasnt very sympathetic but eventually did understand that this was a concern for me), and he prescribed me with the lowest retin a at 0.01%, and said he' d increase the dose if no improvement was seen after 6-8 weeks, and if still needed, he'd refer me to a derm. (HQ is banned in the UK, so there was no way he'd prescribe that).

      I know that peeling/redness is synonymous with retin a, and am worried about the effects that this is going to have esp around the areas I am already super conscious of. Am i going to have peeling skin around my laugh lines, or will it worsen/darken the skin even more??

      I'd really appreciate others advice/experiences.

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      I didn't realise HQ was banned even on prescription in the UK.. there's a brilliant cream called Lustra that's a well-known treatment for hyperpigmentation (I think it's 4% HQ).. For even quicker results I know derms in the US who'll prescribe up to 10% HQ to clear up dark patches but obviously that's not an option here..

      Retin-A does work, I've used it in the past.. did get redness and peeling but I used the stronger more potent form of the gel.. Took about a month for me to get a satisfactory result.. If u do use it on ur face pls remember to use a sunscreen as well as Retin-A increases ur skin's sensitivity to the sun..

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      Ask your doctor to refer you to a dermatologist. A derm specializes in skin, so he/she would have greater knowledge not only about skin....but about your condition and the various options in treatments.

      ***Be careful with retin-A. It exfoliates skin...thus fading blemishes....leading to newer skin, etc. But it can be rather strong. And if you're going to use retin-A.......you need to apply sunscreen when going out during the day. This is because products that exfoliate/lighten your skin will make it more sensitive to the sun......thus leading to hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin).

      There are OTHER ingredients besides HQ that lighten skin. Kojic acid, bearberry, licorice, etc. But it also depends upon the concentration. Microdermabrasion and chemical peel sessions (even in conjunction) can help lighten the pigmented areas. Laser is another option as well.

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      RetinA makes you peel heavily for about 3 weeks, then it starts improving gradually. It's usually used for acne as a chemical peel for the face. If you're just worried about pigmentation, ask the doc to prescribe you hydroquinone. It's a topical solution (it also comes in a cream or gel form, but those irritated my skin) that simply bleaches the skin to even skin tone.

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      i used both cream and gel version of ratin a, cream was 0.025%, and the gel is 0.01%. i did notice a little bit of redness and hardly any peeling. a good moisturizer, and tiny bit of scrub fixed that issue for me. but unfortunately i see no major difference in my acne marks (i have two or three on my face that are quite dark) it did help me with acne, which was mainly i was using that stuff for. but nothing significant. i am thinking about going to the doctor and asking him for higher concentration. my skin got used to them way too fast.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Deeba1234 View Post
      I didn't realise HQ was banned even on prescription in the UK.. there's a brilliant cream called Lustra that's a well-known treatment for hyperpigmentation (I think it's 4% HQ).. For even quicker results I know derms in the US who'll prescribe up to 10% HQ to clear up dark patches but obviously that's not an option here..

      Retin-A does work, I've used it in the past.. did get redness and peeling but I used the stronger more potent form of the gel.. Took about a month for me to get a satisfactory result.. If u do use it on ur face pls remember to use a sunscreen as well as Retin-A increases ur skin's sensitivity to the sun..
      Deeba - if you don't mind me asking, can you share where you used it and was it for pigmentation? Do you think the percentage is strong enough to see results?

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      There are OTHER ingredients besides HQ that lighten skin. Kojic acid, bearberry, licorice, etc. But it also depends upon the concentration. Microdermabrasion and chemical peel sessions (even in conjunction) can help lighten the pigmented areas. Laser is another option as well.[/QUOTE]


      The alpha h treatment contains: Glycolic Acid, Licorice Root extract, Cucumber extract, Morus Alba Bark extract, Hibiscus extract, Fermented Grape extract.
      I tried around 6 sessions of microdermabrasion, but to no avail.
      Also, have had laser hair removal, and was hopeful that maybe i would kill two birds with one stone, but alas no.

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      ^Microdermabrasion is rubbish, I paid hundreds of pounds for that in conjunction with a glycolic treatment for some hyperpigmentation on my tummy and it did nothing..

      Apart from Retin-A and HQ (which defo do work) those natural lighteners may work but could take months and months to get any effect and even then results aren't guaranteed and aren't likely to be that noticeable.. u may lighten up a shade or two but for hyperpigmentation or melasma it prob wouldn't be worth investing so much time for so little difference (if any)..

      The other option is a TCA peel.. If u do a search on here there is tons of info on them.. They do work brilliantly when done properly and the best thing is how quickly u can fix the problem (should be a week to ten days max).. This is a drastic method and u might feel embarassed by ur skin turning crusty and brown then peeling off but as it's for about a week and a half absolute max it isn't as bad as the constant peeling (and redness) u would get for weeks on end if u use a stronger form of Retin-A..

      I used Retin-A 0.1 gel which is the strongest form but I really wouldn't advise u to try that on ur face as the skin is much thinner and u'd go unbelievably bright red, feel burning and have v.v.noticeable peeling.. You honestly wouldn't want to go out like that lol (as it was only a patch on my tummy I could cover it up whilst it peeled)..

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      isn't HQ a carcinogen?
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