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Hydroquinone Prescription Creams

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Hydroquinone Prescription Creams

Hydroquinone is an effective lightening agent used by dermatologists and aestheticians. A hydroquinone cream is sometimes referred to as a “bleaching cream” because of its ability to lighten skin tone but there is no bleach in any of these products. While there are lower-strength versions of these creams available over-the-counter, the higher strengths are only available with a prescription. Additionally, the highest strength that is commercially available with a prescription is a hydroquinone 4% cream. A cream with 6, 8, or 10 percent hydroquinone can only be obtained from a compounding pharmacy with a prescription.

Uses for Prescription Hydroquinone Creams

Skin bleaching is not used only for aesthetic purposes such as reducing signs of sun damage and aging. There are also skin diseases that cause discolorations in the skin. The most prevalent example of this is acne, which can lead to post-inflammatory pigmentation. These red spots and areas of uneven skin tone result from acne lesions that have healed but left a mark. The scarring and marks left by acne can greatly affect a person’s self confidence. A hydroquinone prescription cream can help reduce the pigmentation changes that result from acne breakouts.

Treating Melasma with Hydroquinone

Another example of a skin disease that is improved with the use of hydroquinone cream is melasma. Melasma causes larger discolored patches of skin, mostly on the face. These patches are often triggered by hormonal changes like those that come with pregnancy or by sun exposure. A hydroquinone 6%, 8%, or 10% cream may be prescribed to treat these large areas of discoloration.

What Strengths of Hydroquinone are Available?

Hydroquinone works by slowing production of melanin, which is the pigment that affects skin tone. While many patients will see results with a 2% or 4% cream, certain individuals with more sever pigmentation issues may do better with a higher-strength cream. The strengths of hydroquinone we compound at our pharmacy include:

Hydroquinone 6% Cream, Hydroquinone 8% Cream: These creams are stronger than most products that can be obtained commercially and may be used for moderate to severe pigmentation problems associated with melasma, post-inflammatory pigmentation, and sun damage.

Hydroquinone 10% Cream: This high-strength cream is usually reserved only for the most severe pigmentation issues.

Combining Ingredients at a Compounding Pharmacy

Another benefit to obtaining a hydroquinone cream from a compound pharmacy is the ability to have multiple ingredients combined into one cream. Hydroquinone can be combined with an exfoliating ingredient like retinoic acid, or with other lightening ingredients like kojic acid. Other ingredients that help lighten skin include Vitamin C and azelaic acid. Hydrocortisone may be included in a combination lightening cream to reduce skin irritation that occurs due to the other ingredients.

A combination cream is sometimes called a “peel-and-bleach cream” because it both reduces melanin production and speeds up the renewal of skin cells through exfoliation. Similar to a chemical peel, these ingredients remove the top layer of dead skin to allow new, undamaged skin cells to grow. Some of these combinations include:

  • Hydroquinone 6%, Retinoic Acid 0.05%, Hydrocortisone 0.5%
  • Hydroquinone 8%, Retinoic Acid 0.1%, Hydrocortisone 0.5%
  • Hydroquinone 6%, Retinoic Acid 0.05%, Hydrocortisone 0.5%, Kojic Acid 4%

There is a commercially available product called Tri-Luma that has a combination of ingredients including retinoic acid and fluocinolone acetonide, which is used to reduce swelling and inflammation. However, this product only has hydroquinone 4%. The higher-strength combinations must be obtained from a compounding pharmacy.

Sun Protection When Using Prescription Hydroquinone

Sun protection is essential when using high-strength skin lightening creams. Sunscreen should be worn daily whether it is sunny or cloudy outside and re-applied as needed. Skin should be covered as much as possible and the face should be protected by a broad-brimmed hat when going outside. During the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak it is better to stay indoors as that is when UV rays are particularly strong.

Get Prescription Hydroquinone Cream Today

If you are interested in obtaining a high-strength prescription hydroquinone cream, talk to your dermatologist or healthcare provider today. Once you have a prescription we will be able to fill it and ship your cream directly to your home.

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35 thoughts on “Hydroquinone Prescription Creams

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  2. young choi

    Hello.
    A few days ago, Hydroquinone Cream 8% was prescription by a dermatologist.
    I want to know the price and if possible delivery it to my home?

    Thanks

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      We are only able to give pricing for hydroquinone over the phone to patients with a prescription. We do ship prescriptions to most states. If you call our pharmacy at 855-876-3060 a member of our team will be able to help you.

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      We are able to make a cream with hydroquinone 8%. A prescription from a healthcare provider is required.

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  3. Denise Manning

    Hi, can a prescription from a UK doctor be used and what do you combine your formula with alongside hydroquinone.

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        1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

          Hydroquinone 8% cream requires a prescription from your dermatologist or other healthcare provider. Once you have your prescription you can send it over to us and we will process it.

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      Usually something SPF 35+ that is broad-spectrum, but you should discuss the best option for you with your dermatologist.

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      Please contact the pharmacy for more information about ordering. Hydroquinone 10% does require a prescription from your healthcare provider.

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  4. Jane t

    Am from UK I would like to know if I come to you USA in parson can I get 20% hydroquinone akin bleaching creams I real needs this cream please replay

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      Hydroquinone requires a prescription from a healthcare provider in the U.S., and can only be shipped to patients or healthcare providers in the U.S. Please talk to your healthcare provider here about a prescription for hydroquinone.

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      No we are not able to ship outside the United States. We encourage you to look for a compounding pharmacy near you and ask if they can make this formulation.

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  5. Maria

    Hello, I have a high allergy to anything soy based, lecithin, PEG’S, Maltodextrin & many more. Is there a hydroquinone that can be specially made to exclude any of these ingredients?

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      Yes we can usually make a formulation customized based on your sensitivities, although in general our creams do not include these ingredients. Please talk to your prescribing healthcare provider about your sensitivities before they write you a prescription. You may also call the pharmacy and ask to speak with a pharmacist if you have any other questions.

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      The dosing schedule can vary between patients with different skin concerns. Doctors and patients can call our pharmacy to speak with a pharmacist for more information about their prescription.

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      You can fax your prescription to us at 818-876-3010. Please call first with your information though so a member of our team can look out for it.

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  6. Rachel

    If I want a peel and bleach cream do you need 1rx with each listed on it or is an rx for each separately ok?

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      The peel and bleach cream should be prescribed as one compounded medication with multiple ingredients. There should be only one prescription that lists the ingredients and the percentage concentrations of each ingredient.

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  7. shaila

    Hi, Would you please let me know if you have •Hydroquinone with 10% strength? I know it will require Dr’s prescription but please let me know if you have it and what is the cost. Thank you!

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      Hi Shaila, yes we do offer hydroquinone in that strength. Please call us at 855-876-3060 when you have your prescription to discuss pricing.

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    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      This would have to be determined by talking to your healthcare provider. They may have unique instructions depending on the area being treated.

      Reply

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