Has one of your clients been on hydroquinone in high doses for a long period of time? Here’s a little about the treatment — and how to safely come off it.
Is Hydroquinone a Steroid?
For years, people said that hydroquinone is a steroid. We have been told that because almost all prescriptions for hydroquinone have a steroid base.
Here is an example of a typical blend when prescribed:
“Fluocinolone is a corticosteroid (steroid medicine), hydroquinone is a bleaching agent, and tretinoin is a retinoid (related to vitamin A). Concentrations vary from 2% to 10%. Hydroquinone may be used twice daily for 12 weeks. Hydroquinone may cause local skin irritation, however, and thereby leading to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, making the skin pigmentation worse.”
It works by decreasing the formation of melanin, the pigment in your skin that gives it color.
It is is prudent after 3 months to come off hydroquinone by replacing with a natural lightening agent.
You can gradually come off hydroquinone depending on how often client is using it. For example, if hydroquinone was used twice a day, substitute a natural lightening agent in the morning. After a week or so, substitute the hydroquinone at night every other night with natural lightening agent. Do this until client is totally off hydroquinone and has replaced it with a natural lightening agent.
How to Use the Reinols in the Image Skincare Line
In the Image Skincare line, retinols can be used as followed:
- The Repair creme -For thicker skins, oily or textural issues
- Retinol A creme – For dry, sensitive skin including rosacea
- Total Retinol Mask – Can be used 2-3x per week for that extra boost or for introducing retinol for the first time.
- Total Eye creme – At night only. Use another more moisturizing eye creme during the day.
With all retinols, start off slow and increase as needed:
- 1-2 x per week first week
- 2-3 the second week
- Every other night
- Every night as warranted depending on skin