WHAT IS EUKROMA-LITE HYDROQUINONE 2% CREAM
Eukroma-Lite Hydroquinone 2% Anti-Hyperpigmentation cream is a middle strength skin-bleaching agent that is used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as freckles, chloasma also known as melasma, age spots, hyperpigmented areas of sunburned skin, acne scars, and other related skin discolorations. Skin lightening with hydroquinone 2% component can cause permanent skin damage if not used as advised by dermatologist. Although this cosmetic ingredient is effective at treating darkened areas of skin resulting from blemishes, wounds, aging or hormone therapy, its side effects outweigh its benefits – when it comes to long-term use. Knowing more about how hydroquinone 2% works helps you to protect your skin and achieve a great results.
Eukroma-Lite Hydroquinone 2% cream is used to lighten the skin that has become dark due to melasma (skin darkening due to sunlight exposure), underarm and bikini dark spots, freckles (dark spots on cheeks, nose, arms, and upper shoulders) and solar lentigines (‘age spots’ – brown or black spots on face, hands, shoulders and arms due to exposure to sun light).
Eukroma-Lite Hydroquinone 2% cream is also used to bleach underarm skin areas. Underarm skin may become darker than surrounding skin for reasons as simple as excessive sweating or friction from shaving with a dull blade. It may also be related to more persistent medical issues like hyperpigmentation or acanthosis nigricans, a skin condition resulting from excess insulin.
Hydroquinone 2% is an organic compound that is a derivative of benzene. It is widely available in the form of creams, gels, lotions or soaps and marketed for lightening or whitening skin. Hydroquinone 2% lightens skin by killing melanocytes is the cells that carry melanin or pigment in your skin and blocking the production of melanin.
In 1982, the FDA approved regulation stating that hydroquinone be generally recognized as safe and effective, also known as GRASE. The agency also proposed that skin care products contain a maximum of 2 percent hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is absorbed through the skin when applied topically. It breaks down mostly into sulfate and glucuronide conjugates that are eliminated from the body in urine. While hydroquinone may initially lighten pigment, used in high quantities and prolonged period of time it darkens and disfigures skin causing a condition called exogeneous ochronosis. In some cases hydroquinone may lead to contact vitiligo, which means user completely lose pigment in areas of your skin. By reducing or eliminating pigment in the skin, hydroquinone increases your sensitivity to sun and to various forms of skin damage.
Avoid using skin bleaching or lightening products that contain hydroquinone unless advised by your dermatologist for your particular skin condition such as melasma. Never exceed the prescribed dose. Because hydroquinone inhibits melanin production, avoid the sun as much as possible. Apply a sunscreen when you are going outside to protect your skin from sun damage. Also, you should never apply a hydroquinone cream all over your skin to try to whiten it.
HOW EUKROMA-LITE HYDROQUINONE 2% CREAM WORKS
Eukroma-Lite Hydroquinone 2% cream belongs to class of cosmeceuticals called as melanin synthesis inhibitors. It bleaches the skin by reducing the accumulation of skin pigment called melanin that causes darkening of skin. Eukroma-Lite Hydroquinone 2% cream decreasing the production and increasing the breakdown of melanosomes (melanin pigment granules) in the skin’s pigment cells (melanocytes). Hydroquinone 2% does this by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase, the enzyme needed to make skin pigment – melanin.
In most cases, skin lightening (bleaching) should be seen after 4 weeks of application. Sometimes it may take longer to see any change but if no visible whitening effect is seen after 3 months of usage, you should stop using hydroquinone immediately (you skin probably tolerate and adopted to this component). To increase the effectiveness of hydroquinone 2% you should stay out of the sun and wear protective clothing and use a SPF30+ sunscreen when outdoors. Do not use sunlamps or tanning salons during Hydroquinone 2% course. It is important to use hydroquinone 2% regularly as directed / prescribed by your dermatologist until you achieve the desired bleaching, after which use only as needed to maintain results.
HOW TO USE EUKROMA LITE HYDROQUINONE 2% CREAM
- First, always test your skin for sensitivity before each use. Do that by applying a patch of the cream to a small area on your hyper-pigmented skin. If no itching or redness occurs within 24 hours, you may begin the treatment.
- Clean and dry the skin before use. Apply a thin film of cream twice a day to the area(s) you need to depigment. Rub into the skin thoroughly.
Apply just enough to cover the affected areas and avoid applying to unaffected skin, as Hydroquinone 2% will lighten those areas as well. Wash your hands after use unless you want those areas treated as well.
- Do not apply near the eyes, mouth, and other mucous membranes.
- Avoid using other medicated topical products (particularly peroxide products) on the same area at the same time.
EUKROMA LITE HYDROQUINONE 2% CREAM SIDE EFFECTS
Eukroma Lite Hydroquinone 2% cream is a mid-strength cream and it is very well tolerated. Some persons may experience minor and temporary skin irritations including mild itching, allergic skin rash, irritation or stinging and reddening of the skin (light contact dermatitis). If these do not subside stop using the cream.
If you experiencing severe burning, itching, crusting or swelling of treated areas or possible allergic contact dermatitis and any unusual skin discolouration or color change, stop usage and ask your dermatologist. Prolonged use of hydroquinone component associated with the development of exogenous ochronosis (a persistent blue-black pigmentation), but this is rare. It could be due to other cream ingredients such as phenol, resorcinol and antimalarial agents, which are known to cause ochronosis. Eukroma-Lite Hydroquinone 2% Cream contains only high-quality ingredients in it’s composition so you don’t need to worry about products quality.