The popularity of skin bleaching at home has grown in recent years. Eager to find a solution that works, many people turn to hydroquinone creams for facial and body lightening.
Hydroquinone has long known to be a skin lightening agent, but its use does not come without risks. Prolonged daily use of hydroquinone skin bleaching creams can lead to skin irritation and UV hypersensitivity. Eventually, the use of hydroquinone can result in a condition called ochronosis.
For those with hydroquinone problems resulting from the overuse of bleaching creams, improvements in the problems caused by hydroquinone can be obtained, although the side effects cannot be totally alleviated or reversed. At bea Skin Clinic, we advocate safe, conservative skin lightening using natural, medically-approved ingredients and only advocates the use of hydroquinone in exceptional circumstances.
The treatment of hydroquinone problems depends on the nature of the complication, as well as the severity of the problem and the client’s individual dermatological and medical history. Some of the most commonly encountered issues are as follows:-
- Erythema and edema: redness, inflammation, flaking and swelling of the skin can occur as a result of using hydroquinone creams. This can be a short term complication as well as a chronic, long-term condition.
- Uneven skin tone: “DIY” skin lightening at home can render a patchy and uneven appearance. It is very difficult to achieve even results when using aggressive skin bleaching creams at home.
- Ochronosis: this is a form of dermatitis which presents as darkened patches of blue and greyish discolouration on the skin. This is a difficult condition to treat, and in severe cases, can lead to the development of fibrotic skin lesions.
- Depigmentation: areas of over-bleaching are susceptible to depigmentation – areas of the skin which are completely devoid of melanin.
If you are seeking treatments for hydroquinone problems caused by skin bleaching creams and lotions, it is vital that you cease using all hydroquinone-based products immediately before embarking upon a treatment programme with Bianca Estelle.
In your initial consultation, Bianca Estelle will conduct a full skin examination and diagnose your hydroquinone-related complications. She will recommend a home treatment programme as well as a course of professional treatments designed to improve the appearance and health of your skin.
Oftentimes, treatment courses for hydroquinone issues can be fairly prolonged. Bianca Estelle will be able to advise you as to how many treatments you require in order to resolve or mitigate your problems.