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What are the best products and treatments for hyperpigmentation? What worked for you, and what were the holy grail products?

Hey everyone,

I’m 22 and have tan skin and I was wondering if there is any way I can get rid of hyperpigmentation and just have nice, glowing skin? I’m already on hydroquinone and tretinoin, but tretinoin absolutely destroys my moisture barrier and it takes a week to heal. Does anyone have any other tips? Or any procedures? I’m not sure if IPL is the best, because I heard it might cause hyperpigmentation? But what if I’m on hydroquinone and tretinoin, will it still cause hyperpigmentation? Let me know, thank you.

Edit: Sorry if I was being confusing. Hydroquinone and Tretinoin combo has been an ABSOLUTE miracle, like my skin has never looked so good. I meant more of a glow, like hydroquinone just lightens my skin a lot but does not make me look “glowy” or like I have “glass” skin, if that makes sense.

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  1. If you are already doing tret and hydroquinone, no product is more potent than that, no vit C or other retinols are stronger than that

    Doing both at the same time might be too much though. Maybe that is irritating your skin and making it not work, it’s too irritating and it might be affecting your skin barrier!

    Also, you can only use Hydroquinone for a certain period of time (up to 4 months do not use it for any longer!)

    If you want to use hydroquinone again I think you need to give it a 3 month break before re-starting

  2. a vitamin c serum! since you’re on tretonoin, never layer them at the same time. use vitamin c in the morning under your moisturizer and sunscreen.

    Procedure wise, potentially microneedling. I’d consult with a dermatologist

  3. If you, like me, can’t tolerate vitamin C (my ezcema says no), I have found great success with the combination of a retinoid and chemical exfoliation. I really like the CosRX AHA/BHA toner as an exfoliant twice a week in the morning, and The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% every evening.

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