Melalite Forte® Cream 30g/1.05oz

Hydroquinone 4% USP Skin Lightening Cream

4.51 out of 5

(63 customer reviews)

USD $29.20


Melalite HQ 4.0 cream comes in a big tube 30g/1.05 OZ, it is a skin lightening and bleaching agent specifically designed to remove age spots, freckles, melasma, and other skin hyperpigmentation issues. This high-quality skin lightening/whitening agent used extensively and successfully for hyperpigmented skin conditions, dark spots, and as a freckle removal cream. Melalite cream with active ingredient high-quality hydroquinone 4.0 is the most advanced/effective treatment cream for melasma, skin pigmentations, and other dark discoloration.

The way 4 hydroquinone Melalite cream works are by penetrating and polishing/purifying the deeper layers of the skin thus erasing spotted areas, blemishes, and age spots along the way. Combine/interchange hydroquinone 4 percent cream with Azelaic Acid 20% cream for better, safer, healthier for skin and more natural results.

Melalite skin lightening cream is a most effective strong skin lightening agent used in treating freckles, age spots, melasma and other skin pigmentations that may occur due to pregnancy, skin trauma, harmful sunrays, the use of birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapies. The cream may also be used to polishing dark acne scars and other forms of skin disorders and discoloration.

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How hydroquinone 4 cream over the counter works

Melalite 4 hydroquinone USP cream also known as quinol or short name HQ, skin lightening cream made by reputable Abbott Labs and comes in a big tube 1.05 OZ or 30gramms. Melalite cream for normal to oily/combination and dry skin helps limit skin from creating an excessive amount of melanin, which is what gives skin its color. Too much melanin clustered together leads to the brown spots and freckles. Melalite cream steps in to interrupt this process, causing brown spots to gradually fade.

Hydroquinone 4 cream can be helpful for old, stubborn and advanced brown/dark spots. In not as severe cases it is recommended to use not so strong cream. For weak hypopigmentation issues better suitable hydroquinone HQ 2, azelaic, kojic, and glycolic acids, with vitamin c solutions. See impressive results fast with Melalite HQ 4 USP cream.

Melalite hydroquinone 4.0 cream OTC releases certain enzymes that block the production of melanin to make the skin a lot lighter and brighter in tone, decreasing skin pigmentation and dark patches. Since the amount of melanin is decreased by active ingredient quinol and enzymes, the darker skin gradually lightens to match overall lighter skin tone color. Hydroquinone 4 cream is also effectively used in combination with retinoids to maximize skin lightening and exfoliating effects. Buy safely original hydroquinone 4 creams online on OKDERMO and always be assured with the quality and authenticity of the products you got.

Getting the most benefit from hydroquinone 4 percent cream

With daily usage, Melalite hydroquinone 4 cream produce visible results within 1-2 months (4-8 weeks) of consistent use. Always use Melalite HQ 4 USP skin lightening cream with caution, in small amounts and under strict dermatologist supervision, also with strong SPF sun blockers (important to reapply regularly), moisturizers, wearing big sunglasses within total sun avoidance program, it is an essential part to achieving great results with Melalite cream. If used as directed by the dermatologist with strict sun protection measures, this decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

It’s essential for quinol product be packaged in an opaque metallic container that minimizes air exposure. Quinol degrades in the presence of air, that’s why hydroquinone 4 cream packaged in a metal tube, not in a jar. Once the jar is opened it lets air in, and the hydroquinone loses its potency. Cream is an alternative to Mediquin, Vitaquin, Lumiquin, Lumacip Plus, Melanox, Refaquin, Interquin.

How to use Melalite hydroquinone 4% skin lightening cream 1.05 OZ/30g

  • First, always test skin for sensitivity before each use. Do that by applying a patch of the cream to a small area on the hyper-pigmented skin.
  • If no itching or redness occurs within 24 hours, you may begin the application.
  • Clean and dry the skin before use. Apply a thin film of cream twice a day to the areas in need of treatment. Rub into the skin.
  • Apply just enough to cover the affected areas and avoid applying to the unaffected skin, as hydroquinone will lighten those areas as well. Wash your hands after use.
  • Do not apply near the eyes, mouth, and other mucous membranes. Avoid using other topical and peroxide products in the same area at the same time unless directed by your dermatologist.
  • When using cosmetics, sunscreens, and moisturizing lotions, apply hydroquinone first, then wait several minutes before applying other products on top of it.

Melalite HQ 4.0 skin lightening cream side effects

HQ 4 is very well tolerated, some users may experience minor and temporary skin irritations including mild itching or stinging and reddening of the skin (irritant contact dermatitis). If these do not subside stop using the cream. Also, very rare side effects appear – dryness, fissuring of paranasal and infraorbital areas, erythema, mild stinging or occasional hypersensitivity.

Strictly advised not to use hydroquinone 4 creams during a prolonged period of time, max 3-4 months in a row. To avoid side effects, and undesirable conditions and just to restore your skin, strongly recommended to interchange quinol cream with skin lightening azelaic acid 20% cream.

How long does Melalite hydroquinone 4 % skin lightening cream take to work

  • Melalite cream should be applied strictly only to affected areas twice a day, in the morning and just before bedtime, or as directed by your dermatologist.
  • If no improvement is seen after 2 months of usage, the use of Melalite HQ 4 should be discontinued immediately.
  • If any skin bleaching effect is not experienced after a period of 3 months, Melalite HQ 4 cream shouldn’t be used anymore.
  • Once your skin has become lighter you can continue using the cream or stop using it as recommended by your dermatologist.
  • It is not recommended using Melalite HQ 4 percent creams longer than 3-4 months in a row, would better to mix it with 3 months of Azelaic Acid 20% cream for skin restoration.
  • Review hydroquinone 4 before and after pictures to determine how effective Melalite cream is in treating hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration issues.

Related resources/references:

  1. FAQ hydroquinone topical cream
  2. How to use hydroquinone HQ cream
  3. What is melasma and hyperpigmentation
  4. About hydroquinone topical
  5. Hydroquinone topical side effects
  6. Hydroquinone cream during pregnancy
  7. Hydroquinone with sunscreen



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HQ Hydroquinone (quinol) USP 4.0

Methylparaben IP 0.077

Propylparaben IP 0.016

Ethylparaben BP 0.016

When Melalite Hydroquinone 4.0% cream should not be used

  • Always consult with your dermatologist prior using Melalite HQ 4 cream
  • Do not use Melalite cream if allergic to any of its ingredients and hydroquinone, or pregnant/breastfeeding.
  • Do not use Melalite cream when using hydrogen peroxide, benzoyl peroxide, or other peroxide products as combinations of these chemicals may cause temporary pigmentation of the skin.

63 reviews for Melalite Forte® Cream 30g/1.05oz

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bentley Shannon

    I have been avoiding it for years and never wore anything sleeveless because I was afraid of the side effects. But finally tried it and saw results even on second week of application, will continue to use the next 2 weeks and will see the final results.

  2. 4 out of 5


    Before I began this, makeup looked awful as I tried to coverup the uneven skin tone. Trust me ladies, this is so worth the time and the money.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucille H

    I use it, and I would repurchase if I lost the tube, but I often don’t have the patience to dab for three months straight. My spots are lighter, but that may be a combination of time, retinoids, BHA, AHA, Vitamin C and niacinamide (I rotate products and generally do not use them daily).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Vargas

    I had pretty good skin to begin with and I was just battling a few small issues that were easily covered by a tinted moisturizer. Although I imagine with continued use this could work for people with worse issues.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Konner Wilkins

    I’ve been diligent with the sunscreen and have noticed no adverse effects from the sun exposure that I do have. I highly recommend it for folks in my same situation as mine – melasma faciale.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marquis Kirk

    Worked well for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kolten C

    Miracle cream for hypopigmentation issues! Almost INSTATANEOUSLY noticed the difference. The edges of my melasma started fading away within less than a week and I have full confidence it’ll be gone in a couple of months at most.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Irvin Phillips

    It does eventually stop working because it will only lighten your skin up to a certain point.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tiana M

    I know how to use hydroquinone – few months on, few months off. Do not forget that recommendation.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Finley Nielsen

    You are supposed to use it for no more than 90 days and then rest from it for a while. Sunscreen is a must, otherwise the applied areas could easily become darker. Prior to its restriction, there were a number of creams with a combination of retinol and hydroquinone. IMO, 2%, which is more widely available, doesn’t do very much.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lola Winters

    I have to set the record straight :hydroquinone is safe! I have used 4% HQ on my underarms for three months, then I gave two months off and it worked wonderfully , all the darkness was gone.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Veronica G

    THIS IS THE PRODUCT OF MY DREAMS! Fades discoloration fast! It is also, luckily, one of the very few products that don’t break my face out.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Itzel Duran

    I want to emphasize again that this product works like a miracle. Anyone with brown splotches should not hesitate to buy this stuff if they want to see RESULTS.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Monique Mckay

    My skin tone is more even, brighter and lighter. If I had to put a number on it, I guess I would say about a 25-30% improvement thus far.

  15. 5 out of 5


    The latest batch I ordered from okdermo was about to expire within 12 months of my receipt date, which is great! And most important worked well for me, have made my skin better. May recommend it but prior visit your derm.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nathanael Frye

    On a side note, I’ve done the research and am thoroughly convinced that hydroquinone is safe to use topically at 4%. In fact, there’s some research out there that suggests it’s a powerful antioxidant and may have more beneficial effects than just lightening.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Diego Powers

    This is NOT a product you can use long term! There are safer alternatives really!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kiera Mills

    Take my advice (I am 66) and use the 4% Hydroquinone cream. I had also heard that doctors had to stop prescribing the 4% Hydroquinone anymore because it was found to be harmful, but in the end I realized that those nasty rumors were being circulated so plastic surgeons could make a lot more money on treatments that not only wouldn’t work after a person spent tons of money on them, but would actually make the situation worse.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trace W

    This is the ONLY product that has managed to really make a difference on my hyperpigmentation but just as important it has made the skin on my face look so much better.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Martin M

    I want to know whether I can use hydroquinone 1% or 2% cream in order to get rid of all those blemishes and hyperpigmention ?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jerome Shelton

    I had tried many over the counter products with little results. So far I am 3 weeks into it and already there is a noticeable difference. You do need to “take a break” after a few months” and then resume. I am glad my brown spots are fading.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Iyana Yu

    This Rx product works more quickly and effectively than anything else

  23. 5 out of 5

    Campbell Chang

    As for actual effectiveness, also lik ethe other reviewer, i’ve been using Melalite XL 2% HQ + bha w 2% HQ for a while now. i was using that twice daily for a few months and saw great results, but still have some sun spots and acne red spots that i wanted to lighten and figured i’d give the 4% a try since i was going to order careprost from OKDERMO too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ryder Gallegos

    In my opinion it is controversial for reasons beyond safety and I guess the reason is the issue of skin color prejudice, otherwise is not more harmful than tanning.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julien L

    I have always used serums (vitamin C, Ferulic acid, etc), retin-a, AHC and sunscreens so my skin generally looks good but I always had some hyperpigmentation on my upper cheekbones. Now they disappeared after I started HQ 4% and used it for 5 weeks already, it is working.

  26. 5 out of 5


    This cream is amazing it really does work I used it 3 times a weak and saw a big difference in the second does smell strong a bit of a bleachy smell which gave me a headache the first few uses but now it’s great giving fantastic results. Thank you for a great product! !!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zoey Moody

    Where is the *Love button for this product? 🙂

  28. 5 out of 5

    Oxy Beth

    Super, thanx!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diamond Gaines

    I’m surprised there arent more reviews for this!

  30. 5 out of 5


    To allay anyone’s fear, at least for me, this hasn’t really changed the color of my skin.I don’t know how it reduces my hyperpigmentation while not changing the color of my skin but I definitely do not look like I have bleached skin.

  31. 5 out of 5

    Gilberto W

    Some types of skin are prone to melasma (dark patches) due to hormones. In my case I have been on the pill for 10 years due to a high testosterone level than normal. I have melasma on all of my forehead and in the summer I will get it on my cheeks if I am not anal with the sunscreen (tan makes it much worse). My old dermatologist put me on 4% hq for about a year and melasma almost went away. After a while it came back. I went back to the docs but there was a new dr at the clinic, which is the best clinic in my area. The new doc put me on combinations of kojic acid/trentinoin which I have been on for over a year with no results at all execpt for very smooth skin. Now my doc has just put me back on 4% hq, but only for 1 tube. She expalined to me that if you use this product for more than 6 months it can make your skin turn dark permamently. I have heard that it can cause skin cancer but my derm thinks otherwise.

  32. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence M

    So a lot of people look to Hydroquinone just to remove spots or lighten their skin but for a woman close to 50 years old, I’m thinking it is just as effective at resetting the tone of your skin to make you look younger.

  33. 4 out of 5

    Saniya Lowery

    I have had oily, acne prone skin all my life and occassionaly I suffer from those dark spots (hyperpigmentation) that is associated with acne scarring. This product works and I only paid $25.00 at okdermo. Ok, it smells funny, but a 1oz tube last you for about a year and it actually works. I apply it nightly and spot treat in the morning.. you have to wear sun protection to offset re-darkining. This is the best product by far for African American skin, so do your self a favor go see a derm. and get some! You won’t regret it!

  34. 5 out of 5

    Israel Mason

    Do not like the plastic/glue smell of it

  35. 2 out of 5

    Brendan Monroe

    Smells so bad!!

  36. 5 out of 5

    Ruth D

    I love this product. It works best if used with the Tretinoin gel 0.1 for skin lightening in several tones!

  37. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Salvadore

    Good results with HQ 4, like your store! Gracias!

  38. 3 out of 5

    Alexa Mata

    I discontinued the use and most of my post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation returned to near pretreatment levels.

  39. 4 out of 5

    Joanna P

    Yes, this product works wonders for discolorations, but it is not safe to use long term.

  40. 4 out of 5

    Lawayne White

    Works as it should, respect, shipping to US around 2 weeks

  41. 5 out of 5

    Karin Sanders

    Yes, got it, pure HQ 4, working like a charm

  42. 5 out of 5

    Jadon Duarte

    It was the best decision of my life and I can just strangle all these naysayers and paranoidal people online saying it’s going to kill you and it’s toxic, etc. I used this product for two weeks and my melasma is virtually GONE. Like 92% gone. I am not joking. I thought I was going to die with these patches on my face but this product works. I am beside myself with relief and joy. I can’t describe it. I guess you have to have gone through what I did to understand. And also to understand that you should NOT listen to all these paranoid people online telling you the horrors of hydroquinone. I used this product for two weeks. I am not alternating with Vitamin C oil and will stop using it in a while. If it should come back, and a lot of people say it will when you stop using it, I’ll start using it again.

  43. 5 out of 5

    Gavyn Morales

    I’ve been using this for a couple weeks now. I think to get my skin where I want it to be I would probably only need to use this for another 4 to 6 weeks. And then stop and switch to just retin-a for anti-aging.

  44. 4 out of 5


    My advice is consider decreasing your usage of retin-a (tretinoin), AHA or other products that may irritate your skin when first introducing this product and then ramping back up

  45. 5 out of 5

    Kody Barrera

    I am a fan of 4% with caveats. I have older spots from dermatological laser (I am NC 30-35, Asian, combination skin, tending towards dry, and relatively accustomed to BHA, AHA and both prescription and non prescription retinoids). Currently, I believe 4% is limited by prescription in a number of countries due to the carcinogenic and other risks. However, my dermatologist believed that it would be acceptable for me to try, given that I was only going to use it sparingly on a few spots. This does not sting, feel uncomfortable, dry out, peel, or cause purging or other issues on my skin. No problems with scent. I did not need to reduce my usage of retinol during the time that I used this product. (If you experience any irritation, I recommend reducing or ceasing any and all irritants).

  46. 5 out of 5


    I just started using the product yesterday and I regret waiting so long before going to the dermatologist; however, I did go so here we are. I was prescribed Hydroquinone 4%. The doctor said I should see some type of results as the days progress. I’m seeing old friends on the 14th so I pray that the spot is almost gone by then. The spot is a small dark mark on the bottom outside of my mouth. I’ll check back after a few weeks to give an update. Oh the packaging was okay and I’m keeping it in the box so as not to let too much light in.

  47. 4 out of 5


    I don’t think you can expect significant results in under 90 days, but if you have the patience to dab it on (avoiding the lighter surrounding skin as much as possible) and use sunscreen, it’s very possible to lighten. If you get it on surrounding skin, or (I have read) if you are among the unlucky few, it may make things darker.

  48. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro N

    It is a quick fix and good for jump starting the lightening process which can be maintained using other products.

  49. 5 out of 5

    Jane Clements

    I tried a lot of expensive and famous whitening creams but none worked since the darkness was caused by rubbing. This one worked like a charm! Thank you for the wonderful cream, okdermo!

  50. 5 out of 5

    Kiley P

    NOTHING has ever made such a difference in terms of luminosity, clarity and diminishment of hyperpigmentation like Hydroquinone.

  51. 5 out of 5


    I was given by my derm a 6% Salicylic gel which I used once a day. It immediatly began to flake away the outer layers and I noticed a huge difference! I also got topical tretinoin gel which I also used liberally to exfoliate the skin. Once I began to notice some of the major dark patches sloughing off, I started using my hydoquinine 4% at night. Sometimes in the past I have started a regime… seen results and then stopped! Not this time! The difference in my skin in the last 8 weeks is amazing!!!

  52. 4 out of 5

    Iyana Maddox


  53. 3 out of 5


    Good product. Needs time for results

  54. 5 out of 5


    Because Melalite cream is quite thick, I put on my serums and retin-a first and layer this on top. It’s thick like a diaper rash cream but not oily – but before my lotion

  55. 4 out of 5

    Yandel Brennan

    I felt compelled to write a review on this product because I did not believe in miracles until I tried a 4% hydroquinone cream, in my case, called Melalite, available over the counter at okdermo skin store. I have been avoiding hydroquinone for years as I battled a stubborn case of melasma (which I’ve writen about on several reviews on here) because of all this paranoia online about it.

  56. 5 out of 5

    Jay Ruiz

    It is safe, effective and should be used exactly according to the prescribed regimen, then it will be the most effective skin lightening product.

  57. 5 out of 5

    Kaylyn Barry

    Hydroquinone has been considered one of the most effective skin-lightening treatments for hyperpigmentation. No doubts, very often it becomes first line of treatment for patients with sun damaged skin, age spots or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Nevertheless some researchers claim that it alters the melanin-protein complex, causing uneven skin tone. But that occurs predominantly in dark- skinned people. Sunscreen plays an important role in everyday life, especially, if you use skin-lightening products.Please, apply a sunscreen before leaving your house, do not let your treatment go to waste from damaging UV rays. Your MD.

  58. 4 out of 5

    Henry Stephenson

    I was prescribed a 4% hydroquinone cream to suppress melanin production before and after brown spot laser treatment. The results of using this product were slight, if noticeable at all. Initially my skin burned and stung but either the potency of the cream faded after I opened the tube or my skin’s tolerance increased because by the time I finished the tube it didn’t bother my skin at all. It smelled plastic-y upon application but I only used it at night and the smell didn’t bother me or affect my ability to fall asleep. In the morning, my skin felt smoother but the affect on my brown spots/freckles was minimal.

  59. 4 out of 5

    Marques H

    I’m 49 years old and all of the sudden age seemed to catch up with my complexion in one swoop! I had dark patches which made parts of my skin not effected look like white circles… Not a pretty site!!! So my derm prescibed a combo of Rx meds to get rid of the dark patches and make everything smooth and even again.

  60. 4 out of 5

    Samir Montes

    Hydroquinone is the most effective topical I’ve ever used in terms of lightening scars and sun spots, it really can fade them almost completely. Unfortunately it is the type of drug you have to keep using in order to sustain results.

  61. 5 out of 5

    June G

    I went to visit my sister after not having seen her for close to a year and she took one look and said she had never seen such velvety, clear, glowing skin. I’m not trying to compliment myself but rather how effective this product is as an adjunct to your regular skin care system.

  62. 5 out of 5


    Great product. I have been using Melalite Forte and other lightening products from okdermo for marks and breakouts for more than 3 months and have never had an issue, it worked.

  63. 3 out of 5

    juan garcia

    good product works good. just itches and burns a little

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