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Hello Im new here. I would like to fade away my sun spots, age spot, liver spot(they are all the same right?). I have two products I can use right now. One is a is a lotion that contains glycolic acid which helps exfoliate your skin and the other contains hydroquinone. Is it ok to use both at the same time? If not which one would be more effective to fade my blemishes? Thanks in advance
 

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Do you konw what the concentration is of the glycolic acid in the product?

I would think that you can use both together. The glycolic acid should help exfoliate and allow the hydroquinone to penetrate better into the skin. Keep in mind that you really need to practice good sun protection especially when using AHAs.
 

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Do you konw what the concentration is of the glycolic acid in the product?

I would think that you can use both together. The glycolic acid should help exfoliate and allow the hydroquinone to penetrate better into the skin. Keep in mind that you really need to practice good sun protection especially when using AHAs.
I actually have 2 glycolic acid products. One is a 40% glycolic acid peel which can be used no more than once a week. The other is a 10% glycolic acid lotion. I have plenty of sunblock too.
 

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Hello Im new here. I would like to fade away my sun spots, age spot, liver spot(they are all the same right?). I have two products I can use right now. One is a is a lotion that contains glycolic acid which helps exfoliate your skin and the other contains hydroquinone. Is it ok to use both at the same time? If not which one would be more effective to fade my blemishes? Thanks in advance
I would start with just the peels.
 

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So I have been using the 10% glycolic acid lotion for nearly 4 weeks now and noticed absolutely no difference in my spot. Should I start using the hydroquinone now?
 

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Hi David,

If I were you I'd continue with the glycolic peels, your other option is microdermabrasion, without turning to lasers of course. Start using the HQ and stay out of the skin as much as possible and continue to use sunblock whenever you go out. Changes won't happen overnight and you should count on a good six months of steady work to get the results you want.
 

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DAVID - DO NOT USE HQ. Let me tell you why. I have sun spots & pigmentation issues. So I decided to use HQ - In the first two weeks of using it my spots became darker. I called the makers of the product as well as went to the drug store to ask the cosmetician and they both have said that the spots will get darker and start to exfoliate. Well they exfoliated but the spots were still there. They suggested I continue with the product and give it time. I kept up with the product hoping that it will soon eventually lighten up. Well about the third week into using it the spots were really really dark. Alot darker than what I began with. My face looked horrible - this is no lie. I returned the product and got a refund. I will never use HQ again. It has made my spots darker. Please note that HQ is a lightening agent it will never completely take the spots away. I too was using glycolic and have stopped as it was stripping the moisture from my skin. I have changed my products now and skin care regime thanks to my esthitician (sp???). I'm on my 3rd session of microdermabrasion and using moisturizers packed with botanicals. I'm also using a skin brighter at night only (20% L-absorbic acid). I regret so much using the HQ - and now I have to repair what I did which is costing me more money. Please don't use it.
 

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i have a liver spot near my temple. i have used fresh lemon juice on the spot every day. the lemon should only be used on the spot. the juice dries the spot over a period of time then i lift it off a little at a time, you will notice the change in the spot and judge when to try to lift a little of the dead skin off. i use rose-hip oil to moisturise the face. this will take a couple of weeks, slowly and gently. lavender
 

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DAVID - DO NOT USE HQ. Let me tell you why. I have sun spots & pigmentation issues. So I decided to use HQ - In the first two weeks of using it my spots became darker. I called the makers of the product as well as went to the drug store to ask the cosmetician and they both have said that the spots will get darker and start to exfoliate. Well they exfoliated but the spots were still there. They suggested I continue with the product and give it time. I kept up with the product hoping that it will soon eventually lighten up. Well about the third week into using it the spots were really really dark. Alot darker than what I began with. My face looked horrible - this is no lie. I returned the product and got a refund. I will never use HQ again. It has made my spots darker. Please note that HQ is a lightening agent it will never completely take the spots away. I too was using glycolic and have stopped as it was stripping the moisture from my skin. I have changed my products now and skin care regime thanks to my esthitician (sp???). I'm on my 3rd session of microdermabrasion and using moisturizers packed with botanicals. I'm also using a skin brighter at night only (20% L-absorbic acid). I regret so much using the HQ - and now I have to repair what I did which is costing me more money. Please don't use it.
Just because you got some adverse results from it doesn't mean that he will automatically get them as well. HQ is known for lightening dark skin marks. You probably just went out in the sun without sun protection thus resulting in the darkening of the spots.
 

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Hello Im new here. I would like to fade away my sun spots, age spot, liver spot(they are all the same right?). I have two products I can use right now. One is a is a lotion that contains glycolic acid which helps exfoliate your skin and the other contains hydroquinone. Is it ok to use both at the same time? If not which one would be more effective to fade my blemishes? Thanks in advance
Do not use Hydroquinone!
Pigment is caused by melanocytes, we need pigment to protect our skin and HQ kills the melanocytes. Eventually you will have hypopigmentation which is a lack of pigment, like vitiligo. Very unattractive and absolutley no protection from sundamage. Find a doc that does IPL lazer treatements. Intense Pulse light breaks up pigment without damaging the melanocytes
 

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Just because you got some adverse results from it doesn't mean that he will automatically get them as well. HQ is known for lightening dark skin marks. You probably just went out in the sun without sun protection thus resulting in the darkening of the spots.
I did not go out in the sun without sun protection. I wear spf 45 on my face, plus I tried this in October and in Canada we don't have much sun in October. It's a chance you gotta take.....are you willing to take that chance??? Yes I know that HQ is known for lightening sun spots but it doesn't always work. A friend of mine at work went thru the same thing a few years back. I thought oh it won't happen to me and it did. Think twice about using HQ.
 

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Perhaps it was the brand that you used...
I used the neostrata with 4% hq and 5% gluco and 5% glycolic acid. I think that's the strongest we have here without an Rx. Yes you are right it may work for others and not for some. Not sure what else is available (without draining my pocket as the microdermabrasion is) that would give better results.
 

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Neostrata is a reputable brand. I think that you might have had a reaction with the glycolic acid. How often were doing the GA peels?
 

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Neostrata is a reputable brand. I think that you might have had a reaction with the glycolic acid. How often were doing the GA peels?
I just noticed Freddy that we are neighbours... ha!! I'm from Toronto. At first when I started using neostrata, I used the glycolic cleanser (2x a day). I would also apply the skin brightener (which I think is a fanstastic product) and then the smoothing cream with 10% glycolic at night and in the morning. I was also using the hq gel once a day. Once a week I would use the microdermabrasion system and alternate one week later with the peel solution. Keep in mind that I would also use Neutrogena sun block spf 45 in the morning about 20 minutes after applying the smoothing cream. After a couple of weeks of using the hq that's when I noticed the spots were getting darker.

I've now had to change my whole routine. I do microdermabrasion (professionally) every two weeks. For a cleanser I use Avene and I've changed my moisturizer to Eminence Organics and at night I still apply my skin brightener. I have noticed that my skin tone has become more even with the use of the skin brightener but it's still a little too early to tell if there is any difference in the spots. I'm hoping that the microdermabrasion will clear up the spots for me. I'm not using anymore cleansers or creams with glycolic as it was really stripping the moisture. Right now I'm also trying to find a good eye cream that will help with the "crinkles". They are there only when I smile and I don't want to stop smiling ...
I've tried all the eye creams out there and presently I'm using garnier ultra lift firming eye cream as well as emu oil.
 

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Keep in mind that I would also use Neutrogena sun block spf 45 in the morning about 20 minutes after applying the smoothing cream. After a couple of weeks of using the hq that's when I noticed the spots were getting darker.
Hi!

I'm new here and I've had Melasma for about 5 years and I've pretty much tried everything and nothing seemed to work for me AT ALL until I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed Glyquin XM. Its a combo of hydroquinone, glycolic acid, vitamins c and E as well as sunblock. No only did he give me a prescription for the only thing that has worked for me so far, he also gave me a VERY IMPORTANT piece of advice. ALWAYS APPLY YOUR SUNBLOCK FIRST. Anything else should be applied on top of that after you wait a few minutes. The reason being, he said, was that anything beneath the sunblock renders it basically useless...as if you weren't wearing anything. To be honest, this shocked me, I thought it should be applied last and up to that point, always applied it last...maybe that's why nothing workd for me???....I thought it made sense to apply it last as the "final barrier" so to speak....but the derm atologist informed me that this was the worse thing to do. I'm not sure if the reason my melasma has shown such a GREAT improvement using the Glyquin XM is because of the product itself (which I apply in the night time only because it makes skin very photsensetive and I don't want to take my chances in making my melasma darker) or if it's because I now apply my sunblock first and often it's the only thing I apply. I had my derm appointment Oct 15th, and my melasma has already faded to about 25% of what it was. The differenceis amazing.

Maybe the hydroquinne just doesn't work for you. Or maybe the cream you applied beneath your sunblock interferred with it's efficiency so your skin was exposed anyway.

Anyway, I jsut thought I'd share the recipe that has worked for me so far and the info that the doctor gave me. If it helps you or someone else, that's great....if you choose to dismiss it, I understand.....it seems to me that different things work for different people...In any case, I wish you luck in your endeavors!
 

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Hello Im new here. I would like to fade away my sun spots, age spot, liver spot(they are all the same right?). I have two products I can use right now. One is a is a lotion that contains glycolic acid which helps exfoliate your skin and the other contains hydroquinone. Is it ok to use both at the same time? If not which one would be more effective to fade my blemishes? Thanks in advance
The best product I have found regarding the fading of sun spots, age spots and liver spots is Renovage. Created by Sederma this product has amazing and rapid results. I would strongly suggest you find a product with that in it.
 
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