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Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation on Body Hyperpigmentation on Face Retinoids

Don’t Treat Hyperpigmentation Without This

October 5, 2020


I used to have to wait forever for my dark spots to fade until my dermatologist added tretinoin to my routine.


Retin A (Local): https://bit.ly/2VuCjng

Retin A (International): http://bit.ly/2zZd6Fo

Hydroquinone (Local) https://bit.ly/3dLGv8n

Hydroquinone(International): https://bit.ly/2r5aLoU

What is/are your game changer product(s)?

AHAs BHA Glycolic Acid Hyaluronic Acid Niacinamide Retinoids Vitamin C When to Expect Results

How Long It Takes Skincare Products to Work

September 26, 2020

Skincare Products

Featured Products

1. @paulaschoice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
2. @deciem:
I. Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
II. Hyaluronic Acid 2%+ B5
III. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
IV. Retinol 1% in Squalene
V. Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

3. Prescription Strength: Tretinoin (Retin A)



Do’s and Don’ts of Layering Retinoids

August 28, 2020

Layering Retinoids

Culled from IG: @brownskinderm

DOs:⁣ ✔️RETINOID ➕HYALURONIC ACID (HA): Retinoids are a power house for the treatment of acne & prevention of premature aging but also notable for their ability to cause a lot of irritation & dryness to skin. HA is a top notch hydrating ingredient that draws in & retains water in skin which will alleviate the dryness caused by retinoids. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

✔️RETINOID ➕NIACINAMIDE: Niacinamide has calming properties given its anti-inflammatory effect & ability to repair skin’s barrier. It not only helps counteract the irritation from retinoids but boosts effectiveness given its anti-hyperpigmentation & anti-aging benefits. ⁣ ⁣

DON’Ts:⁣ ⁣ ??RETINOID + BHA (salicylic)/AHA: While they all have great synergistic benefits when it comes to skin cell turnover, they can cause serious dryness & irritation to skin especially in sensitive skin. It is best to separate them to AM (AHA/BHA) and PM (retinol) use in your routine instead of layering. ⁣ ⁣

??‍♀️ RETINOID + VITAMIN C (L-ascorbic Acid) : Using these two together can boost anti aging effectiveness of your skincare routine. However, to minimize irritation and sensitivity to skin, it’s best to separate between AM ⁣ (Vit.C) & PM (retinoid)⁣ ⁣

??‍♀️RETINOID + BENZOYL (BPO): Used together, they boost effectiveness of acne treatment. However, separate these two into AM (BPO) & PM (retinoid) to avoid over irritation to skin. Some research suggest BPO can reduce effectiveness of retinoid when layered.⁣ ⁣

??‍♀️RETINOID + WAXING: Retinoids make skin sensitive & fragile. To avoid burning, irritation & skin tears, skip retinoids for at least a week before waxing.






AHAs Hyperpigmentation on Body Hyperpigmentation on Face

Hyperpigmentation: Over-the-Counter Product Effectiveness

July 18, 2020


These creams (Ambi, Skin Success, Nadinola) contain less than 4% hydroquinone and according to scientific research, OTC hydroquinone 2% preparations are typically less effective than the prescription 4% preparations.

Your spots may stand a chance if you add penetration enhancers such as glycolic acid and tretinoin as a supplement to the pigment lightening agent (the aforementioned creams). That said, and speaking from experience, using these creams (alone) have not been effective in treating the dark spots on my body.

I’ve heard people say that Ambi has worked for them…

Do you have any experience using these? General thoughts?

Credit: Advances in Dermatology and Venereology