We are now offering a combination prescription cream for melasma and uneven pigmentation that contains both 8% hydroquinone and 0.025% tretinoin. Previously these two creams were available as separate products, but in an effort to make patients daily skincare routine easier and more affordable, we now have this customized combo available!
Prescription-strength hydroquinone and tretinoin are often used in combination for the treatment of melasma, a common skin condition characterized by dark patches or hyperpigmentation on the skin.
Hydroquinone is a topical medication that inhibits the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color. It works by reducing the activity of melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin, thereby lightening the dark patches associated with melasma.
Tretinoin, as mentioned earlier, is a retinoid that promotes cell turnover and exfoliation. By removing the outer layers of the skin, tretinoin helps to fade the hyperpigmented areas and encourages the growth of new, healthier skin cells. When used together, hydroquinone and tretinoin complement each other's actions, providing a more effective treatment for melasma. Hydroquinone lightens the dark patches, while tretinoin helps to speed up the fading process and promote the growth of fresh skin cells.
Sun protection, including sunscreen and protective clothing, is crucial when using these medications to prevent further darkening or damage to the skin.
These products are potent and should only be used as directed. Skin irritation and dryness may occur, therefore along with adequate sunblock, a moisturizer may need to be applied twice daily.
It's important to avoid applying this product to wet skin (also avoid near the eyes and on the lips). To avoid this skincare mistake, dry your skin with a towel (especially around the nostrils) before applying tretinoin and hydroquinone.
Also, wait 20 minutes before applying any other product after you've applied your tretinoin and hydroquinone.