Evangelist LeJeune Medspa, India
Title: Review of topical lightening agents
Biography: Shuba Dharmana
There are many topical skin lightening agents in the dermatologist’s armamentarium for treating hyperpigmentation. Apart from treating the underlying cause of the pigmentation itself causes a lot of distress esp. in dark skinned individuals hence this needs treatment along with sun avoidance measures. Amongst the various agents, hydroquinone and triple combination cream are the most studied and widely used but retinoids, azelaic acid, mequinol, kojic acid, arbutin, niacinamide, N-acetyl glucosamine, ascorbic acid, liquorice extract, soy products are just some of the others that can be considered. Treatments involving chemical peels and laser therapies also can target excess melanin and current research is throwing light on more emerging lightening agents and treatments.
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