Hydroquinone 4 cream is the first-line prescription of choice for melasma treatment.
Whether you are just starting to see if Hydroquinone cream is the right choice for your melasma woes, or you already have some and you want to make sure you know what you are dealing with – you came to the right place
For starters – What is Melasma?
Melasma is a painless but annoying skin condition that causes certain skin cells called Melanocytes to over produce a pigment chemical called Melanin.
This causes your skin to have the appearance of brownish-grey patches that are normally found on the forehead, cheeks, chin, nose, and upper lip (and occasionally on the arms and neck.)
This is generally a condition found in women, with one study finding that only about 10% of the cases of melasma were men.
Melasma is generally caused by sun exposure or hormone fluctuations, as found in pregnancy, birth control pills, or hormone supplementation. This is why another term for Melasma is the ominous “Mask of Pregnancy” or Chloasma when it occurs in pregnant women.
Up to 50-70% of pregnant women can experience some level of Chloasma during their pregnancy.
It is thought that the hormone Progesterone plays a critical role in the development of this condition.
What is Hydroquinone?
Hydroquinone is an organic chemical that is normally produced industrially and has a very similar structure to the precursors of Melanin.
The most common use of Hydroquinone is in skin lightening products, although it can also be used in a technique for developing black and white photos.
And Hydroquinone is the most commonly prescribed depigmenting agent worldwide.