Have you seen the price of Skin Bleaching Creams lately?

The active ingredient in most skin bleaching creams is hydroquinone (HYE-droe-kwin-own). When applied topically, hydroquinone can temporarily lighten dark-colored patches of skin (liver spots, age spots, and freckles). Creams containing hydroquinone at concentrations of 2% or less can be purchased without a prescription. Unfortunately, the over-the-counter products lack effectiveness for some clients.  All of our bleaching creams require a valid prescription from your prescriber.

Apothecary Options prepares hydroquinone creams in concentrations of 2-10%.  We can also add tretinoin (the active ingredient found in Retin-A). Tretinoin works to exfoliate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.   If requested, we can also add Kojic acid to the formulation.  Kojic acid is a skin lightening agent that is derived from certain mushrooms and works by mildly inhibiting the production of skin pigments.  Kojic acid also has both antibacterial and anti fungal properties.

Our price for standard concentrations of this fabulous bleaching cream is  $43.10 per ounce. 

Directions for use:  Wash and dry the area that you treating.  Apply a thin layer of cream and massage it thoroughly into the skin. The cream is usually applied at bedtime.  Wash your hands when you are finished. The cream massages into the skin well and is not greasy.  It is okay to use your normal skin moisturizer after you have applied the bleaching cream.  Wear sunscreen on treated areas during the day.

Precautions: Before using the product, apply a small amount of the cream to an unbroken patch of skin. Check your skin after 24 hours to make sure that you do not develop any serious adverse effects (such as skin blistering, skin swelling, rash, and hives). Minor skin redness and/or a mild burning sensation at the application site are sometimes reported – especially if you have sensitive skin.   If these side effects become too bothersome, discontinue using the product and consult with your prescriber.  Bleaching creams work best when applied sparingly on a daily basis, versus slathering it on occasionally.  It usually takes about 7-10 days of daily use, before you notice any lightening effects. . Do not get this product in your eyes. Do not use this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without first consulting with your prescriber. If your skin condition does not improve within 2 months, contact your prescriber. Do not share this cream with others. Store the cream in the original container.  Keep the lid tightly closed when not using (bleaching creams may begin to discolor when exposed to air or light for extended periods of time)  Keep out of reach of children and pets. Discard any unused product after the expiration date on your container.

Storage: Store the medication at room temperature in the original container. Refrigeration is acceptable.  Protect from light and temperature extremes.

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