Age Spots And Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is a chemical compound found in many topical creams and solutions used in treating skin blemishes such as age spots. Its active ingredient causes a bleaching or whitening effect; hence the reason for it being used to lighten the skin.  Since, melanin is what gives us the varying shades of skin color, it is very important that as we age, we protect our skin from the sun’s UV rays.  Sun damaged skin overtime will cause an increase in the production of melanin. When this increases, usually in the sun exposed part of the body, it causes age spots to appear.

If you are over 40 and have skin blemishes on your face and arms, you may have age spots. Age spots are flat patches of brown or black discoloration of the skin. It is caused by over exposure to sunlight or its UV rays. It is true that the melanin absorbs the sunlight and protects us from the UV rays, but overtime this protection becomes ineffective. As we age the regeneration of new skin cells does not occur as quickly as it used to when we were younger. Therefore by the time the new skin cells are to appear, the top layer has been damaged and the skin hardens, further preventing the process to occur. Hydroquinone is used to treat age spots.

Hydroquinon works by preventing the generation of unnecessary melanin.  This topical cream is sold under its name as well as it can be found in many skin bleaching type creams. Over the counter strength is between 2% and 4%.  However for maximum strength your doctor may need to write a prescription.  The topical cream it may be applied directly to the age spots two or three times daily or as directed by your physician. You should begin to see results after one month.

Hydroquinone is very effective for erasing the signs of age spots. But there has been reported data that it may cause serious side effects, such as skin cancer. This happens because hydroquinone lessens the production of melanin and so the skin becomes more sensitive to the UV rays. Consequently, this super over-exposure may cause skin cancer. If your spots or blemishes changed in its size or color, seek medical advice and have skin cancer screening done.

Age spots are quite common and there are several ways to treat this skin condition, hydroquinone is just one of them. Permanent removal can also be done through laster therapy, electro surgery, or cryotheraphy. These options though highly effective, are very expensive and are performed by the dermatologist. These surgeries of procedures can be done as an outpatient as it is not considered serious. A local anesthetic may be given.

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