Lighten your skin tone and brown spots

Retin-A cream is a form of vitamin A that helps the renovation of your skin. Hydroquinone is a bleaching cream that is used to lighten the skin tone and brown spots. Both products are used to keep enhancing your skin’s color and glow after popular procedures like Botox or Acne treatments. Hydroquinone and Retin-A can be used together following the instructions below.

  Skin-bleaching agent results. Stock image. Individual results may vary.  

Retin-A (Tretinoin)

Retin-A is the active ingredient of Tretinoin cream/medication. I should be applied every other evening before going to bed for the first 2 to 3 weeks, slowly increasing to every evening. This cream helps prepare your skin for the chemical peel and is believed to aid with the healing process after the peel. It is not unusual to experience some mild tingling and irritation during the first few weeks.

Retin-A cream should be applied every other evening before going to bed.Retin-A cream should be applied every other evening before going to bed.  

Directions for applying Retin-A:

  1. Wash your face thoroughly with a mild soap or gentle alcohol-free cleanser and pat dry (do not rub).
  2. After washing, wait at least 10 minutes before applying Retin-A to be certain that the skin is totally dry. Skin that is wet, damp, or even moist tends to absorb cream quickly, which may cause unnecessary irritation.
  3. After your face is totally dry, squeeze a pearl-sized amount (about a ¼” diameter) of Retin-A onto your fingertip. Using more than a pearl-sized amount will not increase your results and may cause irritation.
  4. Dab it on your forehead, chin, and both cheeks but not immediately under your eyes.
  5. Pat your skin so the small dabs begin to spread into a thin layer that covers your entire face. Smooth into skin until all white streaks have disappeared.
  6. After applying Retin-A, you may apply a moisturizer. However, for best results, wait one hour in between if possible.

Hydroquinone 4%

Hydroquinone is a skin-bleaching agent that is used to lighten areas of skin. Hydroquinone works by decreasing the production and increasing the breakdown of melanosomes in melanocytes. In most cases, lightening of skin should be seen after four weeks of treatment. Stop using Hydroquinone 2 days prior to any procedure.

Directions for applying Hydroquinone:

Sun icon in black and white.Daytime instructions


  1. Cleanse
  2. Apply Hydroquinone
  3. Apply Moisturizer and eye cream
  4. Apply SPF
  5. Make-up may be applied

  Moon icon in black and white. Night time instructions


  1. Cleanse – let dry at least 10 minutes
  2. Apply Retin-A
  3. Apply Hydroquinone
  4. Apply eye cream only

Consult your Physician

Always consult your physician before beginning the use of any medication. This general information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition.

If you are experiencing a burning sensation, or the skin appears to be cracking, discontinue Retin-A for 2 evenings and apply moisturizer to the irritated areas. You may resume using Retin-A when your skin is feeling and looking better. It is important to moisturize your skin in the morning as well as using a good SPF sunscreen.

Please feel free to call us if irritation persists. (512) 401-2500

Hydroquinone’s FAQ

Is Hydroquinone safe to use on my face?

Yes, however, specialists recommend its use only in particular areas with hyperpigmentation. Minor side effects are still possible.

Does Hydroquinone permanently lighten skin?

No. If you stop the use of hydroquinone the skin’s natural pigmentation will return.

What is an alternative to Hydroquinone?

Methoxyphenol (Mequinol) is considered an alternative prescription to hydroquinone.

Can i use Hydroquinone after botox?

Yes. You should be careful with any washing, cream or lotion applying after Botox, but you can use Hydroquinone after a few days to keep enhancing your skin’s color and glow.

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