Pure Hydroquinone 4% Whitening Cream

Hydroquinone 4% USP Skin Lightening Agent

4.53 out of 5

(97 customer reviews)

From USD $22.00

Hydroquinone 4% is indicated for gradual bleaching of hyperpigmented skin conditions. These creams from the various manufacturers are skin lightening, bleaching agents specifically designed to remove age spots, freckles, melasma, and other skin hyperpigmentation issues. This skin lightening/whitening agent used successfully for hyperpigmented skin conditions, dark spots, and a freckle removal solution. An active ingredient high potency pure hydroquinone 4.0 is the most effective treatment cream for melasma, skin pigmentations, and other dark discolorations.

The way 4 hydroquinone 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 hydroquinone 4 percent cream with Azelaic Acid 20% cream for better, safer, healthier for skin, and more natural/safe results. HQ 4% cream is the most effective 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.

Size: 20g / 0.7oz, 30g / 1.05oz
Brand name: Eldoquin, Melanox, Expigment, Eqinon, Melloderm

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Get rid of melasma for good with Hydroquinone 4 Creams

MELASMA! Do these 7 lettered words give you the chills? Skin issues are very common and can be quite problematic. Especially one like melasma that leaves brown to grey-brown patches commonly on the face. A lot of people get these dark patches on their cheeks, chin, forehead, nose, and above their upper lips. Following a strict skincare routine does not completely protect you from this skin condition as it can be caused by hereditary, hormones and even exposure to sunlight.

Melasma affects the psychology of sufferers, a study shows that people suffering from melasma have low self-esteem and increased self-consciousness because of the noticeability of melasma. Several patients are also faced with decreased freedom and frustration from using several expensive but ineffective treatments.

Have you found yourself saying “Why could it not be on my back or somewhere else less noticeable?” or feeling sad as you look into the mirror and see this hyperpigmentation stare right back at you? It can be tiring piling makeup on your face daily to cover these dark pigments when all you want is to have even-toned skin you can flaunt without makeup. Please check out the hydroquinone before and after photos and see the actual results to expect.

Treatment and management of melasma are quite challenging and involve treatment with topical agents for a long duration. Hydroquinone is the topical gold standard in dermatology to get rid of melasma by reducing hyperpigmentation. Melalite Forte® (Hydroquinone 4%) Cream is the solution to the nightmare called melasma. This quality formulation with high potency and 4% hydroquinone would be your last stop to find a lasting solution to those dark patches as it would fade melasma in no time.

Indication for Hydroquinone Cream 4 Percent

Hydroquinone four percent cream four is the standard and approved medication intended for the treatment of melasma by decreasing the dark pigmentation on the affected area of your skin.

How it works

4% hydroquinone is a topical skin bleaching agent that helps to treat hyperpigmented skin by interfering with melanin synthesis. Melanin is a type of complex pigment that produces pigmentation or darkening in the skin, hair, and eyes. Hydroquinone inhibits melanin production in two ways. It inhibits tyrosinase (the enzyme involved in converting tyrosine to melanin) reversibly and then selectively damages melanosomes and melanocytes. These two actions of topical hydroquinone prevent the production of new melanin on an applied portion of the skin. Hence, decreased melanin leads to skin lightening over time.


4% hydroquinone is a topical agent that should be applied to affected areas and rubbed in well twice daily; morning and before bedtime, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD), there is noticeable improvement after using the product for about four weeks. If there is no improvement noticed after 8 weeks of treatment, discontinue the product.

Method of application

Before treatment with Hydroquinone 4% cream is commenced, test for skin sensitivity by applying the cream to a small portion of unbroken skin affected with melasma. Observe for redness, itching, blisters, and inflammation if none of these occurs after 24 hours, treatment can begin.

  • Wash your face with lukewarm water and soap and dry thoroughly. Apply a thin film of the cream on your face and rub it into the skin properly.
  • Apply only to the affected areas and avoid applying to the normal skin. Make sure not to apply near the eyes, mouth, or mucous membranes.
  • Wash your hands properly after application to avoid lightening the skin of the fingers.
  • Ensure to apply hydroquinone first if you are applying non-medicated cosmetics, lotions, and sunscreen, and wait for several minutes before application.

Possible side effects

Hydroquinone 4% cream is well tolerated but as with all medications, some patients using hydroquinone 4% cream may experience side effects. Some of the common side effects include dryness of the skin, skin irritation, skin itching, skin redness, skin inflammation, skin peeling, mild contact dermatitis, or allergic reactions. Rarely Ochronosis, a blue-black or grey-black discoloration seen in patients that use a high concentration for a prolonged period on large areas of the body.


Ensure you speak to your doctor if:

  • You develop an allergic reaction or an infection during your course of applying this medication
  • You have a type of infection on your skin
  • You are taking any other medicines or treating other health conditions


  • Pure hydroquinone can falsely increase capillary glucose when measured with a glucometer
  • For external use only
  • Do not expose yourself to direct sunlight when using this medication
  • Ensure to use sunscreen daily and reapply regularly when outdoors

Drug interaction

  • Do not use this medication with benzoyl peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, or other peroxide products as it can cause temporary dark staining of the skin. If used together accidentally, wash the affected area with soap and water immediately to remove the stain
  • Do not use along with medications that cause photosensitivity
  • Do not use it if you have a history of hypersensitivity to any of the components of this cream


Melasma occurs in pregnancy and is called chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy”. During pregnancy, there is a constant hormonal trigger for the development of melasma. Treatment during pregnancy is delayed till after delivery. This is also necessary because treatment may not be needed as some melasma resolve after pregnancy. This medication is classified as Pregnancy Category C. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available. Topical hydroquinone 4% should not be used in a pregnant woman unless benefits outweigh the risks.


  • Store in a clean, cool, and dry area at a temperature not exceeding 25°C. Protect the medication from moisture, sunlight, and heat
  • Keep the medicine away from children and pets
  • Do not use the medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the tube and box

How Hydroquinone 4 Cream over the counter works

Hydroquinone 4 USP cream also known as quinol or short-name HQ 4% – a skin lightening cream. The creams are for normal to oily/combination and dry skin help limit skin from creating an excessive amount of melanin, which is what gives skin its color. Too much melanin clustered together leads to brown spots and freckles. Hydroquinone steps in to interrupt this process, causing brown spots to gradually fade. Hydroquinone 4 creams 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 example, Azelaic Acid 20% or hydroquinone 2% or 3%. For mild hypopigmentation issues better suitable hydroquinone HQ 2%, azelaic, kojic, and glycolic acids, combined with vitamin C serums. Patients can see impressive results fast with the HQ 4 USP cream.

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 the 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 only original hydroquinone 4 creams online on OKDERMO Skin Store and always be assured of the quality and authenticity of the products you’d get.

All these creams contain 4 percent Hydroquinone is a skin lightening medication. It works by reducing the amount of pigment (melanin) that causes the darkening of the skin. It does so by suppressing the activity of tyrosinase, the enzyme required to make melanin. HQ 4% cream is medicine for external use only. Use it in the dose and duration as advised by your dermatologist, but not longer than 3-5 months in a row. Check the label for directions before use. 4 percent Hydroquinone is used to lighten the dark patches of skin (also called hyperpigmentation, melasma, “liver spots,” “age spots,” freckles”) caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medicine, or injury to the skin. This medicine works by blocking the process in the skin that leads to discoloration.

Anti-pigmentation skin lightening agent creams with purest 4 Hydroquinone component – is a skin lightener designed to help reduce skin pigmentation due to the overproduction of the so-called pigment melanin, but it is also effective in a variety of other skin disorders or conditions. Whether you experience severe symptoms of liver or age spots, freckles, dark underarm and bikini spots, or even dark acne scars, you may rest assured that 4 Hydroquinone strong depigmenting and skin lightening cream will remove easily any forms of skin color disorder. The cream may also be used to treat discoloration on darker skin surfaces that may very well be caused by either prolonged exposure to the sun, contraceptive hormones, or pregnancy, melasma/chloasma.

Getting the most benefit from Hydroquinone 4% cream

With daily usage, hydroquinone 4 cream produces visible results within 1-2 months (4-8 weeks) of consistent use. Always use 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 these creams. 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 products to be packaged in an opaque metallic/plastic container that minimizes air exposure. Quinol degrades in the presence of air, that’s why our Hydroquinone 4 creams packaged/sealed in special tubes, not in a jar. Once the jar is opened it lets air in, and the hydroquinone loses its potency.

How does Hydroquinone 4% Cream work

Creams contain the chemical element hydroquinone 4 also known as HQ 4% or tyrosinase, which is an enzyme responsible for producing melanin, the pigment that determines the overall color of our skin. The hydroquinone works in two separate and opposing ways:

  • First, it decreases melanin production in the respective cells of the skin;
  • Second, it increases melanosome breakdown (melanosome contains the melanin).

The less melanin is present, the more the darker skin begins to match the normal skin color of the patient.

Advice when using 4% Hydroquinone USP Cream (Generic Eldoquin)

  • HQ 4 cream helps in the lightening of hyperpigmented skin. Please consult your doctor prior to starting using these creams
  • It should always be used along with sun-avoidance measures, like using sunscreens (UV-A and UV-B protective) and wearing protective clothing
  • Apply a thin film to and around the affected area/lesion. Avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth. If this happens, rinse with water immediately
  • Apply it as per the dose and duration advised by your doctor/dermatologist with regular follow-up and under medical supervision
  • Apply a very small amount of cream to check an allergic reaction. Continue with the treatment if no allergic reaction occurs in 24 hours
  • Do not apply to broken or infected areas of skin. Discontinue use if you experience irritation or allergy and consult your doctor
  • HQ 4% cream is unsafe to use during pregnancy or lactation. Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus, however, there are limited human studies

How to use Hydroquinone 4% skin lightening cream

  • 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.

Follow all directions on the product package, or use as directed by your doctor. Before using, apply a small amount of this medicine to an area of unbroken skin, and check the area within 24 hours for any serious side effects. If the test area is itching, red, puffy, or blistering, do not use this product and contact your doctor. If there is just mild redness, then treatment with this product may begin.

Apply this medication to the affected areas of skin, usually twice daily or as directed by your doctor. This medication is for use on the skin only. If it is used incorrectly, unwanted skin lightening may occur. Avoid getting this product in your eyes or on the inside of your nose or mouth. If you do get this medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.

This medication may make the treated areas of skin more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing on the treated areas of skin when outdoors. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day, better during bedtime. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 2 months.

Hydroquinone 4 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 3-5 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.

Frequently Asked Questions about 4% Hydroquinone USP

Q. Is HQ 4% is safe to use on the face?

Hydroquinone 4% cream should be used exactly as directed by your doctor. You should apply it away from the eyes, nose, corners of the mouth, or open wounds because these areas are more prone to irritation. If local irritation persists or becomes severe, discontinue cream and consult your doctor. Excessive use of the medication may cause redness, peeling, or discomfort.

Q. Does Hydroquinone 4 permanently lighten skin?

No, it does not lighten the skin permanently, when exposed to the sun skin again may obtain melasma. If melasma occurs on discontinuing HQ 4 percent cream, talk to your doctor regarding the maintenance treatment of melasma or use more natural skin lightener like Azelaic acid 20% to maintain results.

Q. What should I avoid when using Hydroquinone 4% cream?

You should avoid exposure to sunlight, use sunscreen, and wear protective clothing after treatment with these creams. Even a small amount of sunlight can worsen melasma. Females should avoid the use of birth control methods that contain hormones such as oral birth control pills as these methods can worsen your melasma. Talk to your doctor about other birth control options. Be careful as hot and cold weather may irritate the skin treated with HQ 4%.

Q. How should Hydroquinone cream be applied?

HQ 4.0% cream should be applied once a day, before bedtime. The area to be treated should be thoroughly washed with water. Apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected skin areas. Include about half an inch of normal skin surrounding the affected area. Gently rub the cream evenly into your skin. Do not apply it near the corners of your mouth, nose, eyes, or open wounds.

Q. Can I apply moisturizer over these creams?

HQ 4% cream is applied generally at bedtime. You may use moisturizers and cosmetics during the day when you are not using Hydroquinone 4% Cream.

Q. Is HQ 4% cream bad for the skin?

HQ 4% cream may cause blue-black darkening of the skin. If this occurs, you should immediately stop HQ 4% Cream and consult your dermatologist who prescribed it to you. In some cases, it may also cause mild to moderate irritation such as skin reddening, peeling, mild burning sensation, dryness, and itching at the site of application. But this is usually tolerable and may disappear with time.

How long does Hydroquinone 4 % skin lightening cream take to work

  • Hydroquinone 4 creams 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 HQ 4 should be discontinued immediately.
  • If any skin bleaching effect is not experienced after a period of 3 months, 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 to use HQ 4 percent creams longer than 3-5 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 the cream is in treating hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration issues.

When Hydroquinone 4.0% cream should not be used

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

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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  9. Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School. Unmasking the causes and treatment of melasma. [Accessed April 24, 2021]. https://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/unmasking-the-causes-and-treatments-of-melasma
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  11. Mekhala Chandra, Jacob Levitt and Cara A. Pensabene. Hydroquinone Therapy for Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Secondary to Acne: Not Just Prescribable by Dermatologists. Department of Dermatology, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA
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Additional Information

97 reviews for Pure Hydroquinone 4% Whitening Cream

  1. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Fuller

    Very effective for melasma!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Best For Clearing Hyper Pigmentation

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bruce H.

    Really satisfy with the result

  6. 3 out of 5

    Gayle Munoz

    Ordered 15 days ago, not yet receved

  7. 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).

  8. 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Schwartz

    I also ordered some Kojic acid and Arbutin creams from okdermo, all were delivered promptly within 2 weeks to UK, thank you for the great service as always!

  10. 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cary Kelly

    This one has much creamy base then other “creams”.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marquis Kirk

    Worked well for me.

  13. 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Irvin Phillips

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

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tiana M

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

  16. 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Otis Kelley

    Fades discoloration fast!

  18. 5 out of 5


    After a month of using it I didn’t notice any changes on my facial complexion. First week of second month when I started noticing that my face becomes lighter and brighter, it also cleared my blemishes and lightened some of my pimple scars. It became firm, and the pores became smaller. After continued use (now on my 2nd bottle) it kept my face getting more lighter, i always apply sunblock on my face. This is the only effective whitening product ive ever tried. It is also a very effective anti-aging. I ‘d say i can give it more than 5 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eric D.

    Takes time to see results on darker skin and darker hyperpigmentation

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Diego Powers

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

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rodney Vega

    it still works

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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 ?

  31. 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.

  32. 4 out of 5

    Marvin M

    Works for melasma!!!

  33. 5 out of 5

    Guadalupe Curtis

    Want to order

  34. 4 out of 5

    Leo Rivera

    Better not to expose your skin to the sun, it is the best recommendation I’ve ever received.

  35. 4 out of 5

    Iyana Yu

    This Rx product works more quickly and effectively than anything else

  36. 5 out of 5

    Jackie V

    I have bad liver spots on my face, after trying so many different whitening products with not much change, I am almost given up on trying anymore but after using Eukroma, I can see a big improvement on my skin, the spots are fading away after about 8 weeks, now I am still using this product, highly recommend to other users.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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 week..it 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! !!

  41. 5 out of 5


    Eukroma workin perfect for me, I have been using Eukroma for about 6 months, all of my freckles and age spots have faded away, almost gone forever. I have fair skin and a skightly dark complexion, my skin is now clear and beautiful. I am thankful okdermo! Will definitely buy again, it worth it!

  42. 5 out of 5

    Zoey Moody

    Where is the *Love button for this product? 🙂

  43. 5 out of 5

    Oxy Beth

    Super, thanx!

  44. 5 out of 5

    Diamond Gaines

    I’m surprised there arent more reviews for this!

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 2 out of 5


    Unfortunately, this product did was make my break-outs worse 🙁

  49. 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!

  50. 5 out of 5

    Israel Mason

    Do not like the plastic/glue smell of it

  51. 5 out of 5


    Best Whitening product ever!!!!!

  52. 5 out of 5

    Happy customer


  53. 4 out of 5

    Toni W

    Works great!

  54. 5 out of 5

    Kara Glover

    The cheaper the better! This one is amazing, it is sad that 20g tube only

  55. 5 out of 5


    Other skin lightening products I have used have helped with my sun spots but did nothing for my melasma. This one the only removed practically almost it!

  56. 2 out of 5

    Brendan Monroe

    Smells so bad!!

  57. 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!

  58. 5 out of 5

    Linda Gustavo

    I’ve been using this product for about a week & half and already my brown spots on my hands are starting to fade. Might need a second tube but well worth it.

  59. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Salvadore

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

  60. 3 out of 5

    Alexa Mata

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

  61. 4 out of 5

    Joanna P

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

  62. 4 out of 5

    Lawayne White

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

  63. 5 out of 5

    Karin Sanders

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

  64. 4 out of 5


    If you’re struggling with getting rid of your hyper-pigmentation, I’d definitely suggest this product!

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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

  68. 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).

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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!

  73. 5 out of 5

    Christie H.

    I have face melasma due to pregnancy and sun exposure and I tried numerous products to treat it. Eukroma works the best. I did not expect instant skin transformation when I started using it. I realize that it takes some time, especially if your skin has suffered severe discoloration. I am diligent at applying Eukroma daily and also using face sun screen to prevent further sun damage. Eukroma works! After a few weeks most of the discoloration on my upper lip and forehead was gone. The cream does not irritate my skin and I will keep using it.

  74. 5 out of 5

    Kiley P

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

  75. 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!!!

  76. 4 out of 5


    Life changing

  77. 4 out of 5


    Results after two applications

  78. 5 out of 5

    Simon F.

    This is an excellent product that really does what it claims to do

  79. 4 out of 5

    Iyana Maddox


  80. 3 out of 5


    Good product. Needs time for results

  81. 4 out of 5

    Bea Cameron

    It’s the only thing that truly gets rid of brown spots. Shipping was slow

  82. 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

  83. 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.

  84. 4 out of 5

    Penna B.

    I was pleased with how quickly I was able to see results (within a week). I gave it 4 stars because I wish there were more product for the price. I’m tempted to re-purchase, but may shop around for a better ratio of product vs. price. I do like it though.

  85. 4 out of 5

    Lillie Turner


  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 5 out of 5

    Devin Pratt

    Definitely 5 stars! Rermoved my spots in 3 weeks! Now hiding out the sun,

  91. 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.

  92. 5 out of 5

    Rudolph B

    Love love love! Searched the web for something to rid me off hyper pigmentation on my knees. It works very well!

  93. 5 out of 5


    I am very impressed and pleased with this product. I can see a significant decrease in the melasma on 75% of my face, which developed after I had a baby 7 years ago. It absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy film. Not very much is needed at one time and the odor of it goes away soon after applying.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 3 out of 5

    juan garcia

    good product works good. just itches and burns a little

  97. 5 out of 5

    Dina Ripple

    Always buy Melalite cream, it is the best among others, easy to apply ointment texture/base. If you’d like more creamy feel check Melapik or Hydrip-4.

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