Our expert says:
Hi Louise, thank you for the question and my apologies for the long delay with my answer.
From your description it seems that you are experiencing what is known as severe side effects to the hydroquinone and unfortunately you need to stop using the product. My advice is to contact your dermatologist and see what he suggests as the strength may be too high and a lower concentration may be tried.
Melasma or Chloasma (mask of pregnancy) may be difficult to treat but one has other options besides topical products containing hydroquinone. Furthermore, one may consider skin rejuvenation with laser (Fraxel), or IPL with Bi-Polar Radiofrequency (Syneron eLight or eMax) or Syneron’s newest technology Fractional RF known as the Matrix RF.
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