We have been getting a ton of requests for higher strength hydroquinone cream, and we finally decided to make it. The 20% hydroquinone is a much stronger formulation than the 10% strength we already had available, be the first few to try it and let us know how well it works for you and any side effects you may experience (skin irritation, sun sensitivity etc).
If this is you first time trying hydroquinone creams, please start with the lower strength until your skin adjusts to it. You can also test it out on your inner arm and wait 24 hours before applying it your face. Some people can be very sensitive to 20% hydroquinone and may need to wait up to 72 hours before skin irritation will be present.
Many people want results fast and choose higher strength skin lightening products to achieve this super fast treatment. This can be a great option for those who want fast results and can tolerate the higher strength hydroquinone creams, however, if your skin is very sensitive you may need to stick with the 5-10% strengths for a while.
Hydroquinone is a great skin lightening that has been used for decades. It is safe to use on all skin types but you need to make sure you are buying the real thing. We have customers who tell us that they bought hydroquinone cream from a different vendor and they had horrible reaction. This can be due to other heavy metals in the cream such as mercury.
Never buy hydroquinone from overseas or a market place where individuals sell hydroquinone. Many of these cases the products are not manufactured in sanitary conditions and have no oversight when it comes to quality control.
If you have talked with your doctor or dermatologist about using hydroquinone to treat discoloration, melasma, acne scars and other skin conditions – they may prescribe 4-10% hydroquinone strengths. Many doctors do not want to prescribe much higher concentrations because of the increased risk of side effects such as irritation, redness, and sun sensitivity.
These side effects can be temporary but you should always play it safe and reduce the number of times per week that you apply the cream. It can take a few weeks for your skin to adjust to the 20% hydroquinone creams.
The hydroquinone products you can find at your local stores usually have only 2% hydroquinone in them and barely work for most people. Don’t waste your money on these products because 2% will not give you good results.
The minimum strength that begins to work for most people is 4% hydroquinone but if you have serious discoloration, we usually recommend starting out at 10% hydroquinone strength.